16 Tons Tour Europe/cancelled dates due to Toppers injury.

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cdr - bass heavy - sound 2 - time 76min - unknown generation - tracks 25

This may or not be the first circulating recording from this leg of the tour, as the famous Hamburg gig usually dated 20th may well be the 12th. This gig date may be wrong too as other sources date it as the 14th! What is a fact is that this has the poorest sound and the least inspired performance of the other wise well-documented European leg of the 16 Tons Tour. There is little evidence here of the angry reaction and violence that The Clash experienced in Hamburg. The audience sound largely muted throughout.


The Philipshalle (name checked by Joe before White Man) is a large prestigious venue still very much in use today. Unseated it has a capacity up to a huge 7000.

The circulating tape has been copied too many times, losing most of the top end leaving a bass heavy flat and thin sound. There is some detail with little distortion except on the bass.

The drums, vocals and lead come across reasonably but all suffer from distance, and vocals are mainly too poor to hear Joe’s song adlibs. It is a largely un-engaging audience recording and with other much better sounding ones from the European 16 Tons Tour, this is an inessential bootleg.

It’s generally a return to the usual 16 Tons set but with some major differences. Joe says “Nicht sprekinze Deutch!” and as a result attempts little communication with the audience. Highlights include a strong White Man introduced as “White man in the Philipshalle , Hammersmith Broadway” but his adlibs at the end are unclear.

City Of the Dead makes an always welcome reappearance, not played since January and returns because of the lukewarm reception in Dusseldorf?.

48 Hours is back too and would be played on most nights of this leg of the tour. The unreleased Somebody Got Murdered is powerful. Before Jail Guitar Doors Joe sings in heavy echo to great effect “54-46 That’s My Number, right now someone else has that number” then a slow drum roll from Topper before the usual intro kicks in. Joe does not sing the usually improvised for the night verse after Mick’s guitar solo, in fact neither Mick or Joe sing anything at this point!

Further evidence that tonight is not an inspired performance comes on Police & Thieves with an unusually for the 16Tons Tour, ‘straight’ intro and at the point where he usually launches into an ad-libbed rant he says “quick finish”. Joe’s adlibs are unclear on the ending of Clampdown, which seems to fizzle out.

What is inspired tonight is an amusing adlib on an excellent Jimmy Jazz. Presumably the band had a difficult time with German customs (maybe they knew they were just back from Jamaica!) as Joe sings “Police came in saying what we got here? You guys take your trousers down right now, spread your cheeks wide!, There’s something up your asshole! We Polizei have the right to ? your asshole ..That’s right wait right here, drop your clothes, spread your cheeks and kiss the floor! Meanwhile I’m going to have my lunch!” The song continues as just drum and bass as the audience ‘wait’ for the Officer to return, Joe’s adlibs then include Rastafari and a little bit of Swiss cheese. The mind boggles!

Hate and War makes its first return since July 79 and the set ends with London Calling. The audience do shout and whistle for more but from the recording at least the reaction sounds pretty muted and they presumably as a result get just one encore. The band return and play a great Janie Jones rather than the usual encore opening Armagideon Time then return to the latter losing the impetus. Next Topper’s bass drum beats out the intro to Complete Control with extra drum rolls. A charged London's Burning closes the show.


Clash City Rockers
Brand New Cadillac
Safe European Home
Koka Kola
I Fought the Law
White Man In Ham Palais
The Guns Of Brixton
Train In Vain
City Of the Dead
48 Hours
Somebody Got Murdered
Jail Guitar Doors
Police and Thieves
Jimmy Jazz
Stay Free
English Civil War
Hate and War
Tommy Gun
London Calling
Janie Jones
Armagideon Time
Complete Control
London's Burning

Any further info / reviews

May 12 Markthalle, Hamburg - cancelled dates due to Toppers injury - moved to 19th
May 13 Neue Welt, Hasenheide Park, Berlin
The concert on May 13th at the Metropole (as listed) was moved to the "Neue Welt" in the Hasenheide Park (Berlin) Juergen
May 14 Schwabingerbrau, Munich
May 15 Oberlaa, Vienna, Austria
May 17 Wartburg, Wiesbaden
May 18 Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, West Germany
May 19 Messehalle, Hamburg, West Germany
...Joe arrested for hitting a violent fan with his guitar...

Hi, I think, that I have visited the Clash concert in Hamburg on 19. Mai 1980 not in the 'Markthalle', but in the much bigger 'Messehalle', a rather naked concrete hall. So also the foto of the 'Markthalle' is misleading. The opening band was 'Ton, Steine, Scherben' with vocalist Rio Reiser. Or do I remember a different concert on a different date? with kind regards, Heinrich

Did the Clash play two nights in Hamburg?

May 21 Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway
advert for the gig + ...photo 1 ...photo 2 ...photo 3 ...photo 4
May 22 Olypen, Lund, Sweden
May 23 Eriksdalsballen, Stockholm, Sweden
May 24 The Scandinavium, Gothenburgh, Sweden
May 26 Cambrai, France
Best Magazine no.143 French Advert for French dates May
May 27 Palais de Sports, Paris, France
May 28 Hall Tivoli, Strasbourg, France
Best Magazine no.143 French Advert for French dates May
May 29 Palais D'Hiver,Lyon, France
Best Magazine no.143 French Advert for French dates May
May 30 Theatre De Verdure, Nice

I was at the Clash gig at the Theatre de Verdure on may 30 1980 in Nice, France. I saw them again very shortly afterwards at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. If they definitely played Newcastle Mayfair on June 12, then the Hanley gig would have to be on 18 June. An 18 day gap seems about right, from memory.

Best Magazine no.143 French Advert for French dates May

Jun 1 Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
Jun 3 Parco Ruffini, Torino, Italy
Jun 9 Derby Assembly Rooms, Derby
Jun 10 Colston Hall, Bristol
Jun 11 Colston Hall, Bristol
Jun 12 Mayfair, Newcastle
Jun 12 Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke - CANCELLED AGAIN
Hanley Victoria Hall, Feb 1 was postponed at least twice, maybe three times. I think the final date was either mid-May or early June (the May date may have been cancelled because Topper broke his finger)

Poster advertising Clash concerts at the Victoria hall in Hanley near Stoke- on- trent. The concerts stated are for 1/2, 20/2, 12/6, & 18/6.

Jun 14 Rettel Festival, France
Jun 16 Hammersmith Palais, London
Supported by Spartacus (toaster) and Holl and the Italians.
Jun 17 Hammersmith Palais, London
Supported by Spartacus (toaster) and Holl and the Italians.
Jun 18 Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke
Hanley Victoria Hall, Feb 1 was postponed at least twice, maybe three times. I think the final date was either mid-May or early June (the May date may have been cancelled because Topper broke his finger)

Poster advertising Clash concerts at the Victoria hall in Hanley near Stoke- on- trent. The concerts stated are for 1/2, 20/2, 12/6, & 18/6.

"The gig at Hanley on 18 June definitely took place - J Heath"

The Clash certainly played. I believe that june 18th was the date and I remember a review in the evening Sentinel some time afterwards? Tickets were sold at Mike lloyds record shop Hanley (now long gone as is Lotus etc) Tickets cost £3-ish, sorry lost my ticket stub, for which I believe was dated Febuary the 1st or 2nd, I think. Certain on the month but not 100% on the date. yes the gig was postponed about 4 times and we only got tickets due to returns who could not make the rescheduled dates.
Discharge opened, i remember them tuning up on stage, then Holly & The Italians.

Clash played a largely London calling set as I remember, I recall London Calling, Bankrobber, I fought The Law and Armagiddeon Time, They possibly played complete control, Tommy Gun and the English Civil War? The place was packed out.

It was my first gig and I was only 12 at the time (no alcohol was served, there was always kids running riot at early 80's victoria Hall gigs) and was disappointed with the new material, me and my little friends wanted punk rock, what did we know about the diversity of London Calling and the 6 sides Sandanista (now my favorite album) to come. I remember my ears ringing at school the next day. Sorry can not really remember a lot. We left whilst they were still playing Armagiddeon Time, I heard a rumor years later that they came back for another encore that included White Riot. I do remember the audience demanding this track throughout the gig and the band refused the play it, saying something like that was 3 years ago or some other negative comment.

NO Doubt that they played this gig at all. I could ask my Brother at the coming Christmas Family gathering for his memories if you are interested, he was 16 at the time and could possibly remember more. perhaps he still has a ticket stub?

All the best, Paul. paulekennett[a]gmail.com

Jun 21 Laugardalshöllin Sports Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland
The concert was on June 21st 1980 in the Laugardalshöllin sports hall like most major concerts in Iceland. It was part of the Icelandic Arts Festival which is still held biannually. The hall was full, about 5000 people. The warmup band was Utangar?smenn ("The Outsiders") who were very big at the time. The band I play in now (not then), Fraebbblarnir, was supposed to play too, but at the last moment, the organisers decided they weren't "politically relevant" enough. Fuckers.

I went backstage to meet them. There was a queue a mile long for autographs. The first thing I saw was Joe, signing tits, arms, tickets and whatever like he was on an assembly line. "You look knackered, mate", I said. "You speak English?" he said. "Thank god. Sit down and have a cigarette. I'm not signing any more."

So we sat there for about half an hour, chatting about the Icelandic music scene and whatnot, sharing his cigarettes, beer and whisky, until it was time for the Clash vs. road crew football (soccer) game, an after-concert fixture. I sat on the sidelines and drank whisky with Mikey Dread who was the soundman for the gig, I believe. Now, the band were pretty uniformly useless at football, especially Mick, who pranced around in high heeled, white cowboy boots and fell over a lot. The band went on to beat the roadies for the first time in living memory, so I was well chuffed.

Aug 23 Heatwave Festival, Mosport Park Toronto
Billed as a "new wave Woodstock" [punkstock], the Heatwave festival was held at Mosport Park, northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Performers included Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and Talking Heads. The Clash cancelled at the last minute, leaving Elvis Costello to headline introducing themselves to the crowd as "Hello, we're the Clash". In the end only half as many people as expected, 50,000 people showed up. Review in the NME. See also Post Punk Diary page 73.