updated 18 Jan 02
updated 12 April 2011 - added much better source (Audience 2)
updated 12 April - added full review
updated 2 Sept 2016 with better audio information

Audio 1
clear but distant, incomplete
Sound 2 -
1hr 32mins
unknown gen
23 tracks
Missing Safe European Home, has intro

Audio 2
different source, incomplete, much clearer
Sound 2.5
1hr 32min
unknown gen
23 tracks
Misses intro and Jimmy Jazz

Audio 3
Sound 3.5
1hr 33mins
very low
24 tracks
I have recently received a marginally better copy of Audio 3.

Link to Satch's

Poorer higher generation copies circulate

One audience recording circulates of the gig in but varying quality and some were incomplete. The master now circulates thanks to the Dime uploader. The master runs faster than the copies and you don’t want slow running tapes with Terry drumming!

The master reveals a decent enough audience recording its limitations the distance to the stage and the quality of the equipment used. All instrumentation   is there but there is little range and a fairly flat sound, although it’s noticeably crisper than previously circulating copies.

A decent enough audience recording documents a typical performance from this tour, the band working hard but the lack of inspiration and real fire makes it OK but largely unmemorable. The master from Dime is worth seeking out but there are better recordings and performances from this leg of the tour.

 

One contributing factor certainly on the US 1982 shows is that having broken through commercially in the USA the band were playing larger venues like sports stadiums as in Houston. The band had always needed audience reaction to spark their best performances onto a higher level.; “Give me some reaction, anything!” had been Joe’s frequent plea to audiences.

The Clash on stage were a blur of energy which in turn energised the audience around them but that energy was inevitably dissipated the larger the venue. Although the band were still trying to book seat less venues many of the available venues were seated arenas as at the  8,500 Hofheinz Pavilion. The Clash of course became victims of their own success.

Venue

The Guy V. Lewis Court at Hofheinz Pavilion, often known as simply Hofheinz Pavilion, at the time of The Clash visit had a seating capacity of  10,000. It’s still a multi-purpose arena on the University of Houston campus in Houston, Texas but like many sporting venues sadly its capacity has been reduced by executive boxes for the prawn cocktail brigade!  Hard to imagine corporate seats at any Clash gig!

The arena opened in 1969. Like many arenas of its kind, the seating bowl of Hofheinz Pavilion is dug into the ground so that one enters the building at the top of the bowl. Hofheinz Pavilion has been renovated several times in recent years. 

The Pavilion has hosted concerts by such major commercial acts as Elton John, Elvis Presley, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, The Band, Prince, The New Power Generation, Madonna, Genesis etc. 

Although now most major acts use The Summit,  Prince held several shows at Hofheinz Pavilion on his Musicology Tour in 2004, and other acts still use it who want to avoid the ticketing-industry controlled venues in town.

After the usual intro music the recording and the gig starts promisingly with  

“Hello the tune we’d like to warm up with now is called Mr Jimmy Jazz” The decent performance but not extended and Joes limited adlibs are largely unclear.  

Then its straight into London Calling the band and Joe working hard to deliver in the cavernous sports hall followed by a routine Safe European Home. “Everybody look at the back of the stand. Please welcome Mr Terry Chimes on the drums” Car Jamming suffers from the sound limitations it needs a good quality recording to be enjoyable live. “Mucho gracias Senor & Senoritas encata Paul Simonon” Joe’s fluent Spanish intros Paul on Guns of Brixton! A more enjoyable and extended performance. 

Train in Vain next is fine if unexceptional. An edit goes into a good Wrong Em Boyo  with “I’d like to do a sad tale of a man called Billy and a man called Stagger Lee” The band continue to work hard but Magnificent Seven suffers from a  lack of inspiration and Mick’s  frankly awful new discordant guitar effects; no doubt he thought it a good idea at the time! 

Junco Partner is OK but Know Your Rights is impassioned and effective.

“This is Mozart’s best number!” is Joe’s intro to a strong Clash City Rockers.  

Should I Stay and Career Opportunities too have plenty of energy. 

“Like to introduce this one in Arabic but my Arabic is a bit weak. So Salaam Alaikum!” Rock The Casbah is followed by Janie Jones with Joe and Mick pumped up on both; shame the recording does not do them justice.

An edit loses the start of Somebody Got Murdered and there’s some noise  (digital clipping?) which appears also during Clampdown. A much better performance than the poor New Orleans one; it drives along, Mick playing is effective and Joe adlibs although mostly unclear. Even Terry manages to whip it up to end the main set!  

First encore as usual is Armagideon Time which rather ineffectively plods along for 6 minutes with Joe adlibbing  “A lot of people won’t play no basketball tonight, a lot of people won’t play no football tonight ..” Police On My Back is much better, an impassioned Mick shouts outs and Joe barks over his vocals!

“This here number is from Texas” rest is unclear but is a reference to Sonny Curtis and the Crickets who wrote the original I Fought The Law. An edit goes into the second encore and Straight To Hell. 

Then with a jolt back to the 78/9 old intro Joe emits a long repeated  “Wooh wwooooh” and the band crash into Police & Thieves. An effective performance 

Joe wails over the ending but there’s no adlibs. The gig then ends unusually with Bankrobber. Joe’s  in strong if rather hoarse voice but Mick adds some more of the horrible distorted guitar effects. 

There’s no third encore and there are understandable boos when the very enthusiastic fans see the house lights and hear the PA music come on. A flat end to an OK if unmemorable Clash show. 

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Jimmy Jazz
London Calling
Safe Europeaen Home
Car Jamming
Guns of Brixton
Train In Vain
Wrong Em Boyo
Magnificent 7
Junco Partner
Know Your Rights
Clash City Rockers
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Career Opportunities
Rock the Casbah
Janie Jones
Somebody Got Murdered
Clampdown
Armagideon Time
Police on My Back
I Fought the law
Straight to Hell
Safe European Home (NEW)
Police and Thieves
Bankrobber

Please feel free to send us any comments about this gig.
We looking for newspaper cuttings, memories, memorabillia.
We always respond to all correspondence.

Combat Rock Advert
with Tour Dates

Unknown US magazine cutting
Joe/ Combat Rock
The Clash sucess with political songs
Fred Robbins

Joe found - US Tour 'On'
says Kosmo Vinyl

NME May 1982 & US newspaper
NME Joe Goes Missing - Clash to postpone first dates, rest of tour in jeopardy
NME Clash blow - last two dates (uk)
US Newspaper - Strummer back, drummer gone - US dates 'on'

May 19 Belgium
Rumours of a warm up gig for the Festival
May 20

Lochem, Holland


May 29 Convention Hall, Asbury Park NJ
May 30 Convention Hall, Asbury Park NJ
May 31 Convention Hall, Asbury Park NJ
Jun 2 Fox Theatre, Atlanta GA
Jun 4 The Warehouse, New Orleans LA
Jun 5 Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston TX
Jun 6 The Bronco Bowl, Dallas TX
Jun 8 City Coliseum, Austin TX
Jun 9 City Coliseum, Austin TX
Jun 10 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
Jun 12 Golden Hall, San Diego, CA
supported by The English Beat
Jun 13 Mesa Community Center, Phoenix AR
supported by the English Beat
Jun 14 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
supported by the English Beat
Jun 15 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
supported by the English Beat
advertised on poster re: hollywood palladium 82 shows; the Ministry opened for the Clash?
Jun 17 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
supported by the English Beat re: hollywood palladium 82 shows; the Ministry opened for the Clash?
Jun 18 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
supported by the English Beat
advertised on poster re: hollywood palladium 82 shows; the Ministry opened for the Clash?
Jun 19 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
supported by the English Beat
advertised on poster re: hollywood palladium 82 shows; the Ministry opened for the Clash?
Jun 20 County Bowl, Santa Barbara CA
Jun 22 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
Jun 23 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
Jun 26 Kerrisdale Arena, Vancover, Canada
Jun 28 Maxbell Arena, Calgary, Canada
Jun 29 Kinsmen Fieldhouse, Edmonton, Canada
Supported by Harold Nix

Well I was there and it was great. Very hot. The band stopped and threatened to quit playing unless thefighting at the front stopped - Joe was concerned about the stage sharpies damaging the kids. A great show. punkhistorycanada.ca documents one persons experience and has a photo of the edmonton concert. Your spelling of Kinsmen is wrong - you have. Regards and thanks for thegreat site! Judith Lake


© Trevor Stenson

Yah, Yah, I know ...they signed to CBS. Some even hailed that as the end of punk when it happened. First Concert I ever saw, which always sounds cool to youngsters. However, I was 15 and really missed a lot of prior concerts and gigs (punk and otherwise) that I should have attended. Also, I was a little intimidated with the festival seating (there was some dangerous overcrowding up front), and I hung in the back for more than the first half of the Clash performance. After-all, it was only a few years after the Who tragedy in Cincinnati. The Clash paused the show and moved some people over the stage a couple times early on. The sound was much better when I went down on the floor. However, I did snap this long-shot when I was in the balcony. The largest original punk concert that occurred in Edmonton in the "old days". There was a big rush on tickets when they were released, but the show never did quite sell-out which I thought was pretty lame on Edmonton's part. I remember hearing a few hardcore people were trying to act up all punk - I don't give a f*ck - and got tossed by security before the Clash started. Now that is truly lame. I guessing attendance was less than 5,000. Ottosbro


I was at this concert and 16, my brother was in a band at the time that also opened for The Clash, not sure which band he was in at the time, maybe The Shock. Anyone else remember the "other" band that opened that night? Lynn


i was there as well , 16 yrs old at the time . some great photos of the show still circulate around town at record fairs etc . there is a photo of security removing the wood barricade from the front of the stage , while joe strummmer gives the crowd instructions , making sure everything is ok. i recall the crowd buzz , as you could see the clash walking to the stage via a upper tier jogging track .siggy

I was there too ! I slept all the way from Jasper - waitressing at Jasper Park Lodge for the summer. We arrived just in time for the show so I was completely sober and the show was still awesome...I remember those "pauses" when the wood at front of the stage collapsed and all the splinters / nails ended up in front of the crowd who were pushing ahead. I was glad to be sober in the end because I don't think anyone would have noticed me had I stumbled....cethlyn

I was at this show. 17 trs old at the time. I was BLOWN away!!Bee Dee