The Clash Take the Fifth Tour
The Necessaries and Gang War featuring Johnny Thunders and Wayne Kramer.

updated 10 July 2008 - added punters view
updated 15 July 2008 - added all Wormtown fanzine artricles
updated 5 Jan 2010 - added puntes comments

cdr - edited source - sound 2.5 - 37min - unknown source - 11 tracks


The only known recording is an edited 37 minute tape with a not terrible sound. There’s some distortion and distance/echo.

Again perfectly listenable if poor. The drums and lead are clear and Joes vocals OK but Micks are low, and the bass is a bit hard to make out, though the recording does have a decent range of sound and a reasonable amount of clarity.


A university gig with the usual problems of the real fans not getting access. The excellent fanzine article (see link) was written by a fan who manages in the end to see the gig and get backstage to talk and photograph Joe.

The riot cops were 3 deep outside the hall expecting trouble and local punks were not let in. Tickets were over sold and bottles were thrown in anger with a few resulting arrests. However when the band arrived Joe insisted on talking to the student organiser and chief cop, “if they don’t get in we don’t play”. Result; the fans outside were let in and allowed to watch from the lobby, later Joe dedicated Clash City Rockers to them.

The recording starts with Joe acknowledging the fans in the lobby, before Safe European Home kicks things off. The performance is tight and energetic, London Calling a good example with Mick’s guitar fills adding drama and Joe spitting out the vocals. Joe sings a verse in Jail Guitar Doors about the gig and selling too many tickets.

Joe pleads for more reaction to overcome the bouncers before Capital Radio. Mick’s acoustic guitar comes through well on English Civil War and Mickey comes on for Clampdown as previously on this part of the tour.

Sadly the recording ends on Guns of Brixton making this one of the least essential recordings from the tour. Upgrades and/or complete recordings would be very welcome.

Boston Orpheum the week before were the best two shows I've ever been to in my life. Doug

L B Worm <lbworm@verizon.net>
You have a great resource with this page.

I had tickets to the September 28th 1979 gig at Clark University in Worcester MA. I was one of those who got shut out of the venue.

I also wrote a fanzine back then called The Wormtown Punk Punk Press (also posted on bmc now - see article links top right) and reviewed that fact. Recently I began posting the old issues online, as a part of the 30th Anniversary of our scene.

You can read about the Clash show here. Thanks, LB Worm
Our little online Radio show

Wormtown Fanzine - September 79 - (pre gig edition)
The Clash in Wormtown
... cover ...clash ...tour poster


Yes, it was THE CLASH coming to Worcester to play at Clark U.
What could be better?

Not only were my heros coming to Wormtown, two students from Clark came in the shop and wanted me to print the posters for it.
This was it. Show of the decade. What could possibly go wrong.
See tomorrows post to find out!

The Great Clark Swindle
(extra text to Wormtown Fanzine September 79 - see link below)

So, there I was in line to see The Clash. A light rain was falling, and some poor kid was looking for a ticket. I had an extra one in the car and I went back to get it. When I got back to Atwood Hall, I was told I couldn't enter due to the show being oversold. Seems they panicked that the show would not sellout and moved it from the original location to the smaller Atwood Hall. I proceeded to the ticket window and got my money back for the five tickets I bought. The nice girl at the window felt so bad for me, she gave me her Clash button she was wearing. (It's on the issue)

Me and my friends went and bought some beer, went down to the print shop where I wrote and printed this edition. We drank some more beer, went back to Clark and put them on all the cars parked near the show. As we approached Atwood Hall I saw the doors were wide open and went in and saw the last four songs they played. The Clash wouldn't go onstage until the powers that be let in all the people who were shut out. All I had to do was stand in the rain for 2 hours and I would have been all set.

Instead, this is what you get.Not only were my heros coming to Wormtown, two students from Clark came in the shop and wanted me to print the posters for it.
This was it. Show of the decade. What could possibly go wrong.
See tomorrows post to find out!

Wormtown Fanzine - September 79 (post gig edition)
We want the Clash back, ya hear!
... clash cover ... clark swindle


Wormtown Fanzine - November 79
... cover ... clash movie


On a related note, I just finished reading
"Redemption Song, the Ballad of Joe Strummer" by Chris Salewicz. It's an exhaustive biography of the man who led the only band that mattered. I highly recommend you read it too.

I was all ready to jump into the 80's and while going through the archives I found these. One is a review of The Clash by Brian Goslow, the other is just a regular cut and paste job. I don't think either was ever published, for whatever reason. It was 29 years ago, and sometimes I don't remember what I did 29 minutes ago.
But thanks Brian, sorry if it never got to press.

Wormtown Fanzine - March 80
The Clash Fought the Law and won!!!
... clash cover

Diamondz Fanzine (unknown)
... Cover ... Harvard Square Cambridge Review by Brian Goslaw


I was at the Clash show at Clark University's Atwood Hall on September 28, 1979.

Although I did not have a ticket to the show, I was sent there by the free college magazine I was 'working' for at the time, "Fine Times." I wrote music reviews for them, designed their logo, and being a photo major at School of the Worcester Art Museum (where Clark U students took art courses), also photographed for them. They sent me off to the show to shoot and write about it, but did not provide me with either a ticket or a press pass. The only thing I had was a business card they'd provided me with.

I arrived very early for the show, but remember it being a hectic scene. Initially they wouldn't allow me in without a ticket, but I showed them my card, and told them that I'd been assigned to cover the show for the magazine. Since they probably advertised the show in Fine Times, I was eventually allowed in, before the show even began. Having my photo equipment with me likely helped my case as well.

I was allowed to get right up to the stage and photograph the show, which was incredible. I still have all of the negatives filed away.

Having entered early, I was unaware of the ruckus going on outside Atwood Hall, although I do remember the show being delayed and then the Clash acknowledging the people watching the show from the lobby. I've been to many shows over the years, including some in UK pubs, but this was by far the closest I'd gotten to the performers and the intimacy of Atwood Hall was a perfect place to see the Clash at their raw-est best.

At the same time I was a late-night DJ for WICN in Worcester, doing a weekly show on Sunday nights, from 11:00 pm - 2:00 am. It was during this period that LB Worm became involved at the radio station as well, coming on board to do a weekly radio show of his own. At the time of the Clash show I knew of him, but hadn't yet met him.

I'd love to hear any recordings of the Clash show if they are available (beyond the :20 sample).

Bob Olson - oad[a]bellatlantic.net

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Safe European Home
I'm So Bored with the USA
London Calling
Jail Guitar Doors
Capital Radio
White Man In Ham Palais
English Civil War
Koka Kola
I Fought the Law
Clampdown
The Guns Of Brixton

A Riot of Our Own pg199

Killer Children Fanzine Review

Wormtown Fanzine - all Clash editions
I wrote a fanzine back then called The Wormtown Punk Punk Press and reviewed the gig. Here are the pages and the reviews

The Wormtown Punk Punk Press

Wormtown Online Radio show

Wormtown Fanzine -
September 79 - (pre gig edition)
The Clash in Wormtown
... cover ...clash ...tour poster

Wormtown Fanzine - September 79 (post gig edition)
We want the Clash back, ya hear!
... clash cover ... clark swindle

Wormtown Fanzine - November 79
... cover ... clash movie

Wormtown Fanzine - March 80
The Clash Fought the Law and won!!!
... clash cover

Diamondz Fanzine (unknown)
... Cover ... Harvard Square Cambridge Review by Brian Goslaw

The Clash Turn Pro (Sort of )
Sounds Tour Report
(St Paul & Chicago mainly)
Peter Silverton, Sounds,
29 September 1979
TUESDAY LUNCHTIME: Cleveland Airport. With a couple of hours to kill before my one-stop-only flight to Minneapolis and the first date on the Clash’s second American Tour...

The Last Gang in The West Leaves Town
NME 13 & 20 Oct Paul Morley
Paul Morley of the NME travels on the tour bus from Detroit on the 17th through to New York on the 21st interviewing and following the band.
DETAILS: The Scene. The Clash on tour of America. There's a glamorous image, with a confident, crusading edge to it. The Clash: a lot of hope and responsibility there. America: it still means a lot. Clash's current six week coast to coast tip to toe tour of the United States Of America is their first major assault

Clash USA 79 - Ray Lowry
The shape I'm In
NME - 6 Oct 1979
Ray Lowry Clash Take the 5th Tour Notes Pt1

Clash USA 79 - Ray Lowry
Brother Creepers Over America or Suedes over the States
NME - 13 Oct 1979
Ray Lowry Clash Take the 5th Tour Notes Pt2

Clash USA 79 - Ray Lowry
Have you heard the news, theres good rocking ronight
NME - 20 Oct 1979
Ray Lowry Clash Take the 5th Tour Notes Pt3

Clash Extension
Unknown / Tour News
15 August 79
The Clash who started a lengthy American Tour last week are due to tour Britain in November to tie in with the release of their new album. Tha band's American Tour, which included the Monterey Festival last week

Jenny Lens
Clash Photographer 1979-1981
I shot the Clash from February 1979 to June 1980. I didn’t bring my camera to the Sausalito Swap Meet, February 3, and ran into them and Johnny Green. I said hello, but too shy to tell them who I was or inquire about photo passes. Their debut California gigs were discussed in San Francisco at the Ramada Inn press conference

The Clash Play Revolution Rock
Chris Salewicz, Trouser Press, March 1980
IT'S FOUR days before Christmas. A dark, early evening damp with snow and rain. Immediately south of the Thames, in the inappropriately genteel Victorians... end of Tour chaos in LA.

Melody Maker front cover only
29 December 1979
Strummer on the Rebound


Sep 8 Monterey CA, USA...Tribal Stomp festival
Sep 12 Civic Centre, Saint Paul MN, USA
Sep 14 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL, USA
Sep 17 Masonic Temple, Detroit MI, USA
Sep 18 Cleveland, USA
A Riot of Our Own dates this gig pg194. However local fans believe Cleveland show never happened, the book reference notwithstanding.  "I was 18 at the time and very tuned in to the music scene in the area.  I missed the Agora show because I wasn't 18 at the time.  In September I was and there is no way I would have missed that.  I lived in Akron, OH, a one hour drive.  I have checked all local newspapers and muic papers and there is no announcement of that show nor any review. Ray Sferra"
Sep 19 Orpheum Theater, Boston MA, USA
FYI, Clash played the Orpheum Boston twice during the Take the 5th tour.I believe it was Sept. 19 & 20, and the NY shows were later. I was at all four but I can't remember the date breakdown Good site. Paul Sherman??
Sep 20 Palladium, New York NY, USA
Sep 21 Palladium, New York NY, USA
...famous photo of Paul from the London Calling sleeve taken on this night
Sep 22 Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia PA, USA
Sep 25 St Denis Theatre, Montreal, Canada
Sep 26 O’Keefe Centre, Toronto, Canada
Sep 28 Clark University, Worcester MA, USA
I missed them for both the 1st two Boston shows (Harvard Sq. Theatre and the Orpheum) but then I heard thru the grapevine that they were playing at Clark University on 9/28/79.  So we drove down and got in line.  Original scheduled to be in the field house, the promoters (I think it was a student organization) sold almost no advance tickets, and moved it to a smaller auditorium the day of the show.  Then 100s of punks from Boston showed up and bought tickets, and they kept selling tickets.  Terribly overcrowded, fire department came and made a few hundred leave the hall, but as soon as they left, Strummer says "There's a buncha fans out there that paid to see us, and they're stuck outside, but if everybody stays cool, and don't push, we can let them inside."  The Heart breakers opened. That show changed my life.  Cliche but true.  Anyway, I still have the ticket stub.  Rick
Sep 29 Ritchie Colisseum, College Park MD, USA
Oct 2 The Agora, Atlanta GA, USA
Oct 4 Armadillo Club, Austin TX, USA
referenced in Johnny Greens Book, A Riot of Our Own p206 and also by Ray Lowry on page 73 of Mojo (UK Music Mag) No.9 Aug 94 where he says the heat was scorching... see also www.Pontbone.com/journal.htm [Joe Elys acordian player]

Joe Ely.com; Back to London in 1979 for another tour. The Clash come to the show (Ely's) at the Venue Theater and invited the (Ely's) band to come to studio where they are recording London Calling. Became friends and (the Clash) showed the Lubbock boys around the London scene. The Clash come to America later in 1979. The two bands play several shows together including Houston, Dallas, Laredo, LA and the Monterey Pop Festival. Joe invites them to come to Lubbock to do a show together. They stay for several days mesmerized by the dusty home of Buddy Holly and the strange cowboy culture. In return the Clash invite Joe the following year to come to London for their London Calling Tour.

Oct 5 Cullen Auditorium, Houston TX, USA
dates from www.Pontbone.com/journal.htm [Joe Elys acordian player]. also referenced in Johnny Greens Book, A Riot of Our Own p206
Oct 6 Palladium, Dallas, USA
this is often dated as the 6th and it may have been, but in order to fit the sequence of events in Greens book, A Riot of Our Own it would have to be before that, maybe the 4th.
Oct 7
Rocks Club [The Rox], Lubbock TX, USA
referenced in Johnny Greens Book, A Riot of Our Own, p207, where the band went to play a unofficial gig for Joe Ely (support) in his own town of Lubbock. Green says the band took a couple of days off after flying to LA. dates from www.Pontbone.com/journal.htm [Joe Elys acordian player].
Oct 8? Laredo Texas
Oct 10 San Diego, California, USA
referenced in Johnny Greens Book, A Riot of Our Own p 208
Oct 11 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA, USA
Oct 13 Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco CA, USA
Oct 15 Seattle
referenced in Johnny Greens Book, A Riot of Our Own p211
... ticket ... photo from gig

"I just stumbled on this site while doing a google ‘egoist’ search. Great site. I wish I could find my taped interview with Joe. That was a story in itself. I must’ve woke up Cosmo at every stop from Cleveland to Denver where he finally put me through to Joe to do a pre-concert interview. You should try and get that from the Oregon Daily Emerald…or I could look in my files. If I recall Joe was getting ready for the Denver show…he was testy and abrupt…and loosened up later. My interview style was not to go by set questions…but to have question points and just talk. I remember asking about recording at Olympic Studios, which was being talked about…and joked that this was supposed to be The Rolling Stones favorite room. No laughter from Joe on that. And it was pouring down rain, with thunder in Denver and it made Joe in bad mood. I casually told him to put that mood into the show. But this was cool. Wish I was a better writer back then.
The photos are by Mark Pynes, now the photo editor of the Harrisburg, Pa. newspaper. Wish I could find the interview tape…I think my ex-wife stole it. Cheers, Cort Fernald"

Oct 16 Pacific National Exhibition Vancover, Canada
referenced in Johnny Greens Book, A Riot of Our Own p213 as the last night of the tour.