Impossible Mission Tour

last updated 21 August 2004

cdr - poor/distant – Sound 2 - Time 79.34 – from master - tracks 21

This new addition to the Impossible Mission Tour recordings only came into circulation recently. It is though sadly a poor recording but good enough to convey the strength of the performance (particularly from Career Opportunities onwards.)

The crucial ingredients for a great Clash performance, namely the right dynamics between Joe and Mick were clearly present that night in Lausanne. Mick is fired up, sharing lead vocals with Joe and playing great guitar, and Joe feeds off Mick’s energy with the result that this is the best of the recorded performances so far from the Tour.


The Palais de Beaulieu in the beautiful Swiss city of Lausanne.

very distant sound and low volume

The recording has a very distant sound and low volume. It has limited range and clarity, the poorest of the recordings from this tour. The sound though is not awful, with all the instrumentation audible with vocals the clearest.

From the master, its problems resulting from the inadequacy of the original equipment and the distance from the stage. Levels rise and fall with the second half of the recording having slightly the better sound. The recording is probably not complete losing maybe Street Parade and Spanish Bombs.

The recording is good enough to hear how as the tour progresses the performances are getting tighter. Strong performances throughout but from Career Opportunities they hit top form.

On Career a fired up Mick shares lead vocals with Joe and Magnificent Seven is very exciting with Joe sparking off Mick’s energy and inspired playing. Clampdown is probably the best performance of the song so far on this tour with a bass and drum section in the extended ending.

In a change to the normal set, Armagideon Time follows with Mick experimenting to good effect with his array of effects.

Joe is clearly fired up tonight, the band enjoying playing this song after a number of tired unimaginative performances earlier in the tour. The song segues unusually into a great One More Time followed after an edit by Janie Jones.

The encore includes fired up performances of Brand New Cadillac and London’s Burning with the recording then ending abruptly.


London Calling
Safe European Home
The Leader
Somebody Got Murdered
White Man In Hammersmith Palais
The Guns Of Brixton
Lightning Strikes
Corner Soul
Radio Clash
Ivan Meets GI Joe
Train In Vain
Charlie Don't Surf
Career Opportunities
The Magnificent Seven
Wrong Emboyo
Armagideon Time
Janie Jones
Brand New Cadillac
Londons Burning

Rock n Folk 170 (March 81)
...cover ...pg1/2 ...pg3 ...pg4 ...pg5 ...pg6 ...pg7 ...pg8

Best Magazine 152 (March 81)
Mick Jones-Paul Simonon
...Cover ...pg1-2 ...pg3-4 ...pg5-6

Any further info / reviews appreciated

Apr 27 Barcelona, Spain
Apr 28 Madrid, Real Madrid basketball stadium
Gig reviewed in Record Mirror 9 May 81. Gig played in front of 7,000
Apr 30 Cascais, Portugal
May 1 Lisbon?
May 2 Velodromo de Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain
May 4 Bordeaux, France
Joe IDs this date and gig the following night in Lyon before the first track
May 5 Palais des Sports, Lyon, France
May 6 Palais de Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland
May 7 Zurich [venue unknown]
May 8 Hippodrome de Pantin, Paris, France
May 9 Palais St. Sauveur, Lille, France
In 1981 the gigs at Lille and Amsterdam were supported by the Belle Stars (they were travelling on the tour coach which we bummed a ride on!), I think they did most of those European dates. J Heath
May 10 Japp Edenhall, Amsterdam, Holland
In 1981 the gigs at Lille and Amsterdam were supported by the Belle Stars (they were travelling on the tour coach which we bummed a ride on!), I think they did most of those European dates. J Heath
May 11 Forest National, Brussels.
May 12 Musikhalle, Hamburg, West Germany
May 14 Idrottshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
May 15 The Scandinavium, Gothenburgh, Sweden
May 16 Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
May 18 Eissporthalle, (West) Berlin
May 19 Circus Krone, Munich, West Germany
May 21 Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan, Italy
May 22 San Remo
May 23 Stadio Comunale, Florence, Italy
May Rome - cancelled
the proposed Rome concert never came together- problems with Bernie
May 26 The Bullring, Milan?? or Arena Civica
Usually named from Londonderry boot LP which was the 23rd. Probably did not take place.