updated 4 Aug 2014 - Full audio review
updated 13 August 2014 - added Radio Derby interview

cdr - OK - average - Sound 3 - 81min - Unknown gen? - tracks 22

Audio - Radio Derby interview at Assembley Rooms

Mick Jones & Kosmo Vinyl of The Clash, interviewed back stage at Derby Assembly Rooms by Haddon Smith for Radio Derby youth programme Barbed Wireless, hosted by Terry Christian. Summer 1982.

After the two nights in Newcastle the tour continued to Bradford’s St George’s Hall, on the 17th where The Clash’s “walk up” was evident. Tickets were readily available at the box office on the night, the venue like many on the tour was not sold out, and the touts disappointed! However by the time The Clash hit the stage that night the front of stage in the unseated stalls was packed and enthusiastic but there was room at the back for more. The Clash’s UK fans were still turning out in sufficient numbers to make the tour a success but the contrast for the band between this tour and the buzz of the sold out US tours must have been stark. The Clash played and went down well (with the exception of Joe’s dodgy Davey Crockett hat!) but it was a routine show contrasting with the exceptional shows earlier (and later) at Brixton that this writer also saw.

The next night the band played Birmingham’s Bingley Hall (see link to Phil William’s excellent live photos) and then rolled into Derby’s Assembly Rooms on the 19th. The Alternative Derby website posted a live recording credited to the previous 9th June 1980 Clash gig at the Assembly Rooms but unfortunately it is the same recording in circulation of the 1982 gig. 

As the recording is an analogue copy probably more of the master and the performances are OK if unexceptional, this is not an essential Clash bootleg. What makes it exceptional ironically is what is missing and the unusual encores. The Clash play 22 songs but are on stage for less than an hour and a quarter and omits the staples of Armagideon Time, Bankrobber and Straight To Hell. The main set does not end with Clampdown but they start the first encore with it and the second encore begins with Train in Vain! Was a band member ill or was there something good on TV that night! By Leicester the next night things were back to normal, anyone know why the Derby faithful were short changed?   

Venue

The still existing Assembly Rooms was opened in 1977 and for music gigs accommodates 1400 with no seating on the ground floor, with a further 600 seated upstairs.


The only recording in circulation is from an audience source which is complete but unfortunately an analogue copy probably more off the master. One channel is better than the other; evidence of dirty or worn heads and the sound is flat with almost no top end. Bass is quite good, drums lifeless, vocals OK and there is some distortion but from the copying not the source recording. An upgrade to the master would reveal a very decent audience recording. As it is though it’s an OK listenable sound but there are much better recordings and performances from this tour. 


As the Morricone intro fades Joe says “Good evening and welcome to you. Can you hear ne, are you sure? OK this is Mick Jones” After London Calling the band rattle through Janie Jones and Know Your Rights and in fact through most of the gig with hardly a pause or introduction from Joe. White Man in Hammersmith Palais is again strong with an extended instrumental ending but no Strummer adlibs. Joe and Mick’s vocal interplay on Magnificent Seven is notable but there’s no adlibs or musical variation to make it particularly memorable. “Mick’s going to sing Stay Free” is one of Joe’s few intros. Although the performances don’t lack effort the band seem to be largely going through the motions, there’s no edge, the grind of all the touring since May catching up with them.

There’s an edit at start of The Call Up which ends again with a repeated “Hup 2-3-4 “ which the audience repeat and continue after the  band have stopped. Brand New Cadillac stands out as fast and tight and the set concludes not with Clampdown but with I Fought The Law.   

The recording continues through to the short encores then Mick plays a rotor blades riff and counts in Clampdown, which strangely starts the encores tonight, but there’s    no inspiration or adlibs an unexceptional performance. It’s then straight into a swift Should I Stay and Safe European Home and then the band leave the stage again. The recording again continues through to the even shorter second encore of curiously Train in Vain before the usual final song of Garageland. Not long after the band exit the stage to cries for more the PA music comes on and the houselights went up. 

Anyone know the story behind this very atypical Clash show?  

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London Calling
Janie Jones
Know Your Rights
White Man In Ham Palais
Clash City Rockers
The Guns Of Brixton
Somebody Got Murdered
Wrong 'Em Boyo
Career Opportunities
The Magnificent Seven
Stay Free
The Call Up
Rock the Casbah
Brand New Cadillac
Police On My Back
I Fought the Law
Clampdown
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Safe European Home
Train In Vain
Garageland

Any further info / reviews
appreciated


Support on some dates Southern Death Cult & Under Two Flags.
Jul 10 Fair Deal, Brixton, London
Jul 11 Fair Deal, Brixton, London
Jul 12 Aylesbury Buckinghamshire - Stoke Mandeville Hospital Sports Stadium
...Poster ...Ticket ...Poster2 ...Poster3 ...Flyer
This was a 'charity' gig for the spinal injuries unit where I was working at the time - I managed to blag myself on to the guest list when Joe came to visit before the gig! 
Jul 13 Victoria Hall, Hanley
Jul 14 City Hall, Newcastle
Jul 15 City Hall, Newcastle
Jul 17 Bradford St Georges Hall
new date - resheduled from the 11th May
Jul 18 Bingley Hall, Birmingham
On the Road with the Clash
Traxmarx - includes this gig
Jul 19 Assembly Rooms, Derby
Jul 20 De Montfort, Leicester
Jul 22 Leisure Centre, Irvine
Jul 23 Playhouse, Edinburgh,
This was the Friday night show which was apparently filmed. A second hasty date was added for Sunday after returning from Inverness.
Jul 24 Ice Rink, Inverness,
Supported by APB - i'd bought what i thought was a classy soviet 35mm camera to document the gig and only 2 pictures survived the event. the first is from the soundcheck and features mick jamimg the magnifent 7 in first album mode with the badge stall guy on drums. in the second joe's telling the wankers to stop spitting. photo 1 - photo 2
Jul 25 Playhouse, Edinburgh,
This was an extra date added at the last minute and not on tour itinery. Check recordings from this period closely as they may well exist?
Jul 26 University, Leeds
Jul 27 Arts Centre, Poole
Jul 28 Guildhall Portsmouth
Jul 30 Fair Deal, Brixton, London
Jul 31 Brighton Centre, Brighton
new date - resheduled from the 11th May?
Aug 2 Locarno, Bristol
Aug 3 Locarno, Bristol