Supported by Kurtis Blow

Last updated 7 March 2007
Last updated 8 July 2008 - Added punters view (GPAnderson)
Last updated 21 Jan 2016

cdr1 - from audience master - below average - Sound 2 - 86min - low? - tracks 21 - 10 Feb 02

cdr2 - soundboard - sound 5 - 100 mins - tracks 23 - 7 March 2007

It was with great expectation when this hifi soundboard recording was circulated back in 2007. However, like most people on listening that turned quickly into disappointment at the seemingly plodding lifeless contents and it has lain unplayed again until coming round to reviewing this gig.  First impressions though are often misleading and this is no exception. It is a raw  unmixed soundboard (although instruments are stereo mixed in places presumably live at the desk) however once speed corrected and the  heavily compressed sound enhanced, the hifi sound quality coupled with some exceptionally enjoyable performances make this definitely a recording worth getting hold of. The very positive accounts and reviews of the gig also confirm that this was a very memorable night in Akron.   

The band’s troubled journey from Detroit to Akron during which they were arrested for speeding Joe recalls onstage in top Strummer adlibbed rant style during Magnificent Seven. Chris Downey recalls his encounter with the travelling band below;

Hale and I left Toledo for Akron in his car. He drove on a sunny summer day. It was a great day for the three hour drive, not many clouds in the sky with very little traffic. We were on I-80 listening to a tape of Give’em enough rope, about eighty miles from Akron when a maroon Lincoln Town Car passed us. I was not paying attention when Hale said “look at that car…the guy sitting in the middle seat in the back.” I looked and saw the guy sitting in the middle had a mohawk haircut. I responded, “They are probably going to the show too.” Hale looked at me and said, “Of course they are going to show, that is fucking Joe Strummer in the back!” “Are you sure?” “Yea, why do you think he is sitting in the middle?” “We are in rural Ohio some of these country folks might not appreciate The Clash.” At this point they began to speed up. I told Hale to catch them; they were driving about 90 mph. I found a piece of paper and a marker and wrote “The Clash” on the paper. We were in the left lane and pulled up next to them. Paul Simonon was in the front passenger seat, Joe Strummer was in the back but I don’t know who the other three people were.

 As we pulled up next to them they were driving way over the speed limit, Hale was honking the horn and I rolled down my window and leaned out with the paper with the Clash written on it. I began yelling “The Clash, the only band that matters!” Paul Simonon was laughing and pointing at us and then waved. As they speeded up we pulled up behind them and were still trying to get their attention. Joe Strummer turned around and waved to us. I had no film for my camera, luckily Hale had his and we took a picture of the car. We followed them as far as we could, however we were low on gas and had to stop. They continued on to Akron.

The show in Akron was great. I took a lot of pictures.[link]

2 photos before the gig
taken by Chris Downey

The August 26th issue of Scene [link] (a free magazine which started in the Cleveland area in the late 60s is still found at clubs and record stores, etc.) included a very positive review of the gig and some perceptive comments. The writer Marc Holan notes the band made more enemies than friends throughout their career and the “sound left much to be desired, the effect was one of purposeful distortion”

Kurtis Blow was again support act (although he does not guest on Magnificent Seven unlike his earlier appearances with the band). The review say Kurtis’ “ghetto rap” 20 minute set “went over most of the people’s heads. The disc jockey who spun the records and made the music behind him was great” 

A further very positive review by Jane Scott [newspaper review link]; “You sensed it was going to be a pretty special night. It was…It’s almost impossible not to be swept away by the sheer power of The Clash, its spirit as well as its 80 mile an hour sound. The audience (it sold out in 11 hours) didn’t even try. It was on its feet the entire time… No one was surprised to know The Clash were arrested for doing 86 miles an hour on the way to Akron”

Punters views

"I remember the Akron show. I live just about two miles from where they played, at the Akron Civic Theater, which is a beautiful old theater with a false sky ceiling and an amphitheater layout. I thought it was cool that I could walk to a show instead of the usual drive to Cleveland. The show was good. I was about 60 feet back. They had the projection screen backdrop. I would have preferred more first two album stuff. Later I attended the Kent State show and they played a slightly different set." "I missed Garageland, and maybe one other as the tape ran out."

Punters views

First off...a big cheers for uploading this--I was at this show! I've read the criticism of it being an off night but the recording doesn't really pick up the audience's energy. It was a great show--ultimately one of the best I've ever seen. And, I had just returned from 3 years of living in LA and seeing a lot of up and coming bands in clubs. (As an aside I was a young punk and blew off the opportunity to see the Clash at the Santa Monica civic and Hollywood Palladium on the first 2 US tours. Was too "cool" to see bands in "big" venues! Aye...) Now if I can just find a boot of Strummer fronting the Pogues in Vancouver BC...

Punters views

Saw the Clash at the beautiful Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio!  My only chance to ever meet (Well, shout "aaarrrgggbblllluurrggbllblblb...PAUL!!  TERRY!!!  MICK!!!  JOE!!!") the band as they shuffled in one at a time from the alley to the backstage door.  Highlights for me....At the opening of the show with London Calling watching EVERYONE in the theater, including a mad rush of folks down out of the balcony, rush the stage and Mick going off on his little guitar riff in Know Your Rights and Ned and his Firebird that he had been rebuilding for eons and it was the first night on the road for it, breaking down upon our return and if I'm not mistaken, never to run again. GPAnderson

Punters views

I was at that show. My memory of Blow is that he didn’t do any of his standard numbers, but extemporaneously rapped about the event. I clearly recall the opening line, “Well, The Clash had me down to Akron today…” and off he went. I also remember Strummer stopping the show during the Clash’s set to engage with some skate punks who were somehow allowed to enter the theater with their boards. Strummer quipped something to the effect that, “In Birmingham they’re wearin’ one on each foot!” Ed Desautels 2015

Venue

The Akron Civic Theatre was built in 1929 as Loew's Theatre. It is one of only sixteen remaining atmospheric theaters designed by John Eberson in the United States and is an excellent example of the great movie palaces of the 1920s. During the gig Joe asks for the house lights and amusingly refers to the architecture in the auditorium which was designed to resemble a night in a Moorish garden. Twinkling stars and drifting clouds travel across the domed ceiling and the interior of the entrance and the lobby is designed to resemble a Moorish castle with Mediterranean decor complete with medieval style carvings, authentic European antiques and Italian alabaster sculptures!

The Civic is located on South Main Street in Akron and seats 5,000 people it was renovated in 2002 at a cost of $22.5 million and is still going strong. In the 60’s though it faced being turned into a parking lot until it was saved by the Akron Women’s Civic Guild! Native of Akron Chrissie Hynde tried to start a group with Mick Jones back in the day and he invited her to join The Clash on first UK tour. On October 17, 2008, Chrissie was an opening act for fellow Akron-area musicians Devo at a special benefit concert at the Akron Civic Theater for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.


Two recordings circulate of this gig:

Audience master recording is incomplete missing the last few songs. It is from the master but of poor sound quality however it does cover the gaps missing in the soundboard recording so together provide a complete recording of the gig (except the end of Garageland). 

Soundboard recording loses the end of Police On My Back, the start of Magnificent Seven, start of Armagideon Time and end of Garageland (presumably the last song played). It is very low gen probably from the master tape as the hifi sound quality is excellent. It is a raw soundboard, not professionally mixed but does have stereo instrument separation at times during a number of songs presumably from the sound desk on the night. It is heavily compressed and guitars a little too far back in the mix on a number of songs, vocals though are to the fore and very clear indeed. There is good range and excellent detail giving a very clear sound picture of the live Clash sound on this tour. It runs audibly slow making the songs sound rather limp however this is easily corrected on Audacity etc. and then makes for a very enjoyable sound.   


The soundboard begins with the Morricone intro in hifi stereo and then Strummer (in glorious mono!) says “Good evening to you all London Calling to the faraway towns”; the audience sound far away too! Mick’s “London Calling” backing vocals very clear but guitar’s too weak in the mix, Mick plays a variation on his solo but it lacks punch in the sound. Joe hangs out the “like,like,like” at the end of song then Mick plays the guitar intro to The Leader, Joe not unusually mixes up some of the lyrics, the band warming up still. “This is Radiooooooooahhh“ the band getting into it now on Radio Clash, great detail in the sound, Mick’s guitar licks and added effects clear and effective, Paul’s bass lines clear. Played fast and tight. Sounds great, Terry’s drumming effective ”everyone hold on tight” as Joe signals an instrumental section with Joe adlibbing over top of Mick’s effects and drum and bass.

“OK let’s have the lights on a minute Mr Foster” says Joe and then seeing the lit up beautifully ornate auditorium continues “How do you do everybody. I think some kind of imaginative person built this place, someone obviously into some kind of European thing or perhaps they were just high on something! This song Mr Mick Jones will start, comes from the vaults”. Clash City Rockers sounds great but needs more guitars but with vocals to the fore, drives along with real energy. “The following is a public service announcement with geeeetar” Terry’s thump thump to the fore on a very enjoyable Know Your Rights but Paul’s bass lines bubbles along underneath and Joe’s vocals really in your  face. Mick’s solo rather slow and ponderous but band then bring tempo back up again fast and tight. Mick’s guitar fills then great but too far back in mix.

“Mr Paul Simonon” and he and Joe switch guitars for Guns of Brixton Mick’s guitar and effects more upfront here, sounds great. A highlight the band stretching out on the  instrumental sections and for the first time stereo instrument mix near end  makes it sound even better. Curious as to why only parts of songs get the stereo treatment.

Long pause as presumably the security are being heavy handed with those wanting to dance as Joe says “If you’ll just give us a few moments here. For those people at the back who don’t know what’s going on we’re just trying to find out who employs the security here so if you’ll just stay there for a moment  and tell each other who’s sleeping with who and who’s coming out of the closet this week! OK Gentlemen, Mr Terry Chimes on the drums please” Terry strikes up the intro to Train In Vain and the hifi soundboard sound greatly adds to the enjoyment of this now again set staple with Mick’s soloing at end clear, improvising effectively.

Mick’s The Call Up intro effects are loud and clear and in stereo but rather drown out the guitar intro. The vocal interplay between Joe and Mick though is crystal clear with now Mick’s solo and fills very clear and upfront; sounds great. Joe’s “Hup 2-3-4’s, I love the marine corps” are repeated by the audience and then Joe interrupts with “Rooock The Casbah” The song drives along; the “over at the temple” section in particular sounds great.

“Wooah, Woooah”;Joe’s cries echo around the Civic Theater before Terry’s intro to Police & Thieves crashes in. Mick’s guitar is too thin to begin with only. He improvises around his solo, keeping these older songs fresh and interesting to the band (and audience) but also demonstrating his ability and need to almost continually refine and alter arrangements. In keeping with this the now standard ”dub wise” instrumental section drops it down and then Terry kicks it back in and the song really starts then to fly; the two guitar attack sounds great. Joe adlibs “wasn’t anyone’s fault could have been anybody, go out on a night like that and end up in the morgue. They say he got caught between two sides (echoing Johnny Was), he got caught between two sides, ain’t no fun being the meat in the Police sandwich – he got shot down that night” Finally the band bring a very impressive performance to a close.

“Like to follow it up with another cover” (and keep the Johnny Was theme going) as Mick proceeds to belt out Police On My Back with Joe now on adlibbed backing vocals. The twin guitars on the instrumental section get the stereo separation treatment and sound terrific. Near the end of the song the soundboard stops but the poor audience source continues and highlights the atmosphere and enthusiasm of the sell-out audience.

Joe then talks to the skater punks about their skateboards, his words unclear though  before the band kick into a definite highlight of the gig; Magnificent Seven. The soundboard source restarts after a few bars in and in stereo and sounds terrific; Joe’s vocals crystal clear over Mick’s great lead guitar. “Cheeseburger please sir…. Thank you very much as they say in Buckingham Palace!” Joe and Mick’s vocal interplay a real delight with Mick’s effects loud and clear cross fading from one speak to another. After the “vacuum cleaner” line Joe raps perhaps in imitation of Kurtis Blow not guesting tonight as previously on this song ”don’t stop moving, don’t stop moving, signing on, knocks you on the head…put your money in now.. yeah I think we got  it going here“ Joe acknowledging the band are flying and then launches into a great Strummer adlibbed rant about their journey etc; “Well it’s a long way down to this kind of rubbery town (‘Akron rubber capital of world’ home of Firestone) you have here. Fact we’re there somewhere in the middle of the wilds looking for this so called Ohio turnpike and we can’t find the thing anywhere and now we end up in Toledo, it’s kind of getting boring zooming around Toledo for the 59th time and something strikes me, Toledo might well be the centre of the universe and all we’ve got to do is send Allen Ginsberg there or poet conventions we’ll hold it in Toledo, we’ll call it a Beatle convention, we’ll get Ringo Starr to cut the tape open and we’ll get Nancy Reagan to go down there wearing a banana skin zipper suit coupled with a nice gorilla suit outfit for her bodyguard and we’ll declare Toledo the capital of the United States. I enjoy its very attractive ring road system which you cannot escape no matter how much you try, you cannot escape! So Terry Chimes put that carburettor beat on. Magnificent! Magnificent! Magnificent!” The band bring the nearly 8 minute version finally to an end. 

Joe then continues “If any of you people are still there! This is a gambling story, I’m sure some of you know how to shoot craps. Well let me tell you I’ve no idea how to shoot a game of craps, I’ve seen them do it in films, you get a blanket and some dice and you all gather around and you fold your money like that down the middle and you wave it around and talk big and this is entitled the Wrong ‘Em Boyo” Again sounds great, the band tight, Joe in great voice and Mick adding his contrasting but perfectly complimentary backing vocals (“don’t mess with that chemistry”!)

Careeeeeeeeeer Oppo opppppoooo tune-tune–itties” Mick sings joint lead with Joe as band belt out a fast Career Opportunities. “And Mick Jones is going to sing Muuuurder - like they say in Kingston Jamaica” Mick again comes up with yet another improvised variation to the crescendo intro to Somebody Got Murdered. Joe belts out his backing vocals, Terry’s drumming fine, the band maintaining the terrific momentum through to the end of the main set. Boing! Into Brand New Cadillac; guitars a little too far back in mix still but otherwise an excellent performance, the band flying and approaching the end of the song again there’s stereo separation of instruments making it sound even better.

Terry has given up trying to hit the crescendo intro peak on I Fought The Law like Topper but his version still sound’s great and the band end the main set with a terrific, fast, tight, and committed performance.

Mick leaves some chords hanging as the  band leave stage to audience roaring for more  captured on the audience source which continues uncut to Terry and Paul’s rhythm section intro to Armagideon Time. About a minute after the soundboard restarts with  the start of Joe’s vocals; a fine if unexceptional performance with Joe’s adlibbed vocals in hifi clarity the interest here. Should I Stay or Should I Go fine but the band struggling to find the fire they had before on the encores. “Uno, dos” Joe orders and Mick responds “1-2-3” and band launch into Clampdown. Mick plays another variation on his lead guitar intro and later as the band drop it down to drum and bass Joe adlibs “Staring out at Three Mile Island, since then radioactive bubble gum has become the latest rage , Geiger countering..” but again it doesn’t quite hit top gear, very enjoyable nevertheless.

Soundboard continues through to the second encore so if you turn up the volume you can hear the enthusiasm of the 5,000 or so sell-out crowd chanting “We want Clash”. Terry’s thump thump bass drum intro begins an excellent hifi quality Straight To Hell with stereo separation on the drums and Joe’s vocals in your face. Then it’s Terry’s sustained intro to Janie Jones before Mick’s guitar and Joe’s vocals build it up, or attempt to as it lacks edge and intensity acknowledged perhaps by Joe over the ending “something wrong here, some kind of repetition” They step up though the intensity on a fine Garageland to close the show, the soundboard recording ending shortly after the “guttersnipes” line.

"I remember the Akron show. I live just about two miles from where they played, at the Akron Civic Theater, which is a beautiful old theater with a false sky ceiling and an amphitheater layout. I thought it was cool that I could walk to a show instead of the usual drive to Cleveland. The show was good. I was about 60 feet back. They had the projection screen backdrop. I would have preferred more first two album stuff. Later I attended the Kent State show and they played a slightly different set." "I missed Garageland, and maybe one other as the tape ran out."

Since August 16th and October 17th 1982 I have seen the Clash in concert in three different cities. I have seen some great performers and concerts over the last six years. The list includes Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, the Ramons, Blonde, the Jam, Squezze, David Johansen, and DEVO to name a few, however, these three Clash shows were the most intense and memorable concerts I ever saw.

The first show was in Detroit at the Grand Theater on August 16th. I went to the Show with Hale and Hunter Driggs. We got there early and I took pictures of the crowd outside of the show. We crashed at Hales Uncle Fred’s house after the show. The next morning we drove to Toledo to drop Hunter off (he was not going to Akron to see the show that night).

Hale and I left Toledo for Akron in his car. He drove on a sunny summer day. It was a great day for the three hour drive, not many clouds in the sky with very little traffic. We were on I-80 listening to a tape of Give’em enough rope, about eighty miles from Akron when a maroon Lincoln Town Car passed us. I was not paying attention when Hale said “look at that car…the guy sitting in the middle seat in the back.” I looked and saw the guy sitting in the middle had a mohawk hair cut. I responded, “They are probably going to the show too.” Hale looked at me and said, “Of course they are going to show, that is fucking Joe Strummer in the back!” “Are you sure?” “Yea, why do you think he is sitting in the middle?” “We are in rural Ohio some of these country folks might not appreciate The Clash.” At this point they began to speed up. I told Hale to catch them; they were driving about 90 mph. I found a piece of paper and a marker and wrote “The Clash” on the paper. We were in the left lane and pulled up next to them. Paul Simonen was in the front passenger seat, Joe Strummer was in the back but I don’t know who the other three people were.

As we pulled up next to them they were driving way over the speed limit, Hale was honking the horn and I rolled down my window and leaned out with the paper with the Clash written on it. I began yelling “The Clash, the only band that matters!” Paul Simonen was laughing and pointing at us and then waved. As they speeded up we pulled up behind them and were still trying to get their attention. Joe Strummer turned around and waved to us. I had no film for my camera, luckily Hale had his and we took a picture of the car. We followed them as far as we could, however we were low on gas and had to stop. They continued on to Akron.

The show in Akron was great. I took a lot of pictures.

25 Photos by Christopher M. Downey
of the gig

2 photos before the gig
taken by Chris Downey

Chris Downey

First off...a big cheers for uploading this--I was at this show! I've read the criticism of it being an off night but the recording doesn't really pick up the audience's energy. It was a great show--ultimately one of the best I've ever seen. And, I had just returned from 3 years of living in LA and seeing a lot of up and coming bands in clubs. (As an aside I was a young punk and blew off the opportunity to see the Clash at the Santa Monica civic and Hollywood Palladium on the first 2 US tours. Was too "cool" to see bands in "big" venues! Aye...) Now if I can just find a boot of Strummer fronting the Pogues in Vancouver BC...

Saw the Clash at the beautiful Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio!  My only chance to ever meet (Well, shout "aaarrrgggbblllluurrggbllblblb...PAUL!!  TERRY!!!  MICK!!!  JOE!!!") the band as they shuffled in one at a time from the alley to they backstage door.  Highlights for me....At the opening of the show with London Calling watching EVERYONE in the theater, including a mad rush of folks down out of the balcony, rush the stage and Mick going off on his little guitar riff in Know Your Rights and Ned and his Firebird that he had been rebuilding for eons and it was the first night on the road for it, breaking down upon our return and if I'm not mistaken, never to run again. GPAnderson

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Intro... London Calling
The Leader
Radio Clash
Clash City Rockers
Know Your Rights
Guns of Brixton
Train In Vain
Call Up
Rock the Casbah
Police & Thieves
Police on My Back
Magnificent 7
Wrong Em Boyo
Career Opportunties
Somebody Got Murdered
Brand New Cadilac
I Fought the Law
Armagideon Time
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Clampdown
Straight to Hell
Janie Jones
Garageland

Scene - USA Music paper

Cleveland Plain Dealer 19 Aug 82
gig review

25 Photos by Christopher M. Downey
of the gig

2 photos before the gig
taken by Chris Downey

Tour Notes

Ebet Roberts
9 excellent photos from New York
musicpictures.com

Any further info / reviews
appreciated

Aug 9 Red Rock Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA

Hey, Love the site. I was lucky enough to see the Clash half a dozen times in 1981 and 1982--three nights at Bond's including opening night and the last matinee when we all got up on stage (my brother reminded me the other night of seeing me on stage singing "Jimmy Jazz" into Mick's mike and deciding he too had to rush the stage), Asbury Park in 1982, one of the nights with The Who @ Shea and a night in August 1982 at Red Rocks, a natural amphitheater in the Rocky Mountains outside of Bolder, Colorado.

The Bond's shows were remarkable, but the Red Rocks show was great too. The band opened with "White Riot" Mick, Joe and Paul beginning with their backs to the audience and wheeling around at the mikes just in time to nail the opening vocals. Also, Allen Ginsburg came out to do his "Ghetto Defendant" rap (he was chairing a symposium at the Naropa Institute in Bolder on the 25th anniversary of the publication of On the Road which I was in town to attend). Amazing all around. Thanks for compiling this. Jason Chervokas

Aug 11 Civic Center, Saint Paul MN, USA
Aug 12 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL, USA
Aug 13 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL, USA
Aug 14 Civic Center, Grand Rapids MI, USA
Aug 16 Grand Theatre, Detroit MI, USA
Aug 17 Civic Theatre, Akron OH, USA
Aug 18 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Aug 19 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Aug 21 Seattle Centre Arena (hoax)

see poster -

Subject: Seattle Center Arena, August 21, 1982
Hey there, Fantastic site. I just wanted to let you know that the Seattle '82 date (August 21) was a hoax perpetuated by me and two friends who selfishly hoped it might bring the Clash to town since they were skipping Seattle. We knew the US tour was on and we knew the Beat was opening, so we added local Seattle punks The Fartz and printed up the signs ourselves and put them up all over town late one night. The poster was reprinted in Art Chantry's book on Seattle poster art called Instant Litter. I'm sure the scan you have came from that. So there was never a show, never a Seattle date booked to cancel. Just three kids in nearby Tacoma who hoped to see their heroes. We finally did when they came to town to open for the Who later that year. Erik Flannigan

Aug 22 Boston Orpheum Theatre (cancelled)
see poster
Aug 23 Boston Orpheum Theatre (cancelled)
Aug 24 Boston Orpheum Theatre (cancelled)
Aug 20 South Yarmouth, MA, Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis
It was a general admission show and a lot crammed in. 007 were the support band.
Aug 21 South Yarmouth, MA, Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis
There was definitely a day or two off after the 21st (Joe's 30th b-day party, Kosmo somehow talked the hotel into letting us at the closed bar, some yarn about important people from the record label being there. I remember Joe being behind the bar pouring drinks. In between the Clash gigs Elvis Costello played in the same venue. And The Baker somehow talked me into bringing my mom to the last night, the one and only. Pulsallama supported this night. Punter

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I stumbled across your site looking for info on the 1982 Orpheum show, which I had no recollection of. I went (one of) the Cape Cod show(s) [I didn't remember that there was more than one], and saw the Elvis Costello show the following night. I was 23, and my road trip was different. I had just gotten married on August 1, and a couple of people from work were interested in making the trip, including a girl who promised that we could all stay at a friend of hers house in Dennis. There were friends of friends, and I brought my wife, so when we all met up in the parking lot, most of us didn't know each other. One guy was wearing a camouflage t-shirt. When we entered the Coliseum, we were faced with the choice of the swealtering, crushing crowd up front or the complete lack of sight and sound down back. I looked up and saw what appeared to be a press box or something (for hockey games?) with very few people up there, and started scheming for a way to get up there. It turned out that the bouncers/security guys were all wearing camouflage t-shirts, so I convinced the guy with one in our party to try to lead us up. I told him to just bluff his way past anyone with "Vinny says it's okay for these folks to go up". The first security guy we encountered told him something like "who cares what Vinny say; if Peter didn't approve it, no way". My guy was ready to give up, but I told him he was nuts; let's just go another way and drop Peter's name, which worked like a charm. The 5 or 6 of us had plenty of space and air and a good view. The sound still sucked, but probably not as much as down on the floor. I remember that standing next to me was Crass, the personality from Y102 FM (WLYN which later became WFNX 101.7). On another occasion, I got her to get me into an English Beat show at the Channel---I don't remember if that was before or after The Clash? Edward - djeddieo[a]gmail.com - Milton, MA

Aug 23 South Yarmouth, MA, Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis
I was looking, recently, at the summer 1982 listings for Cape Cod Coliseum (Aug 20th, etal)... I attended all the shows. I was working a summer college job, and it was just about the end of the summer, as Labor Day was closing in fast. There were 3 Clash shows in all, but recollection is they only took one night off (shows were Friday, Saturday, Monday - 20th, 21st, 23rd). In between, Elvis Costello brought his Imperial Bedroom tour through.... I seem to recall being at the venue 4 straight nights - no breaks.
I seem to recall, but may not be 100% sure on this, the opening act(s) on some of the nights were Gang Green and/or Jerry's Kids - both Boston hardcore bands at the time. 007 also supported one of the gigs, as your site mentions. I remember the shows being on fire! Loud, fast, and everyone was dancing!

Elvis Costello did indeed play with the Attractions at South Yarmouth, MA, Cape Cod Coliseum on the 22nd. Link

Aug 24 South Yarmouth, MA, Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis
Definately happenned. See ticket
Aug 26 Penn Rink, Philadelphia PA, USA
Aug 27 Penn Rink, Philadelphia PA, USA
Aug 28 Providence Civic Centre, Providence, USA

From: ruchinskas-at-comcast.net
Date: 13 November 2008

I found your website and it is great.

I have to say 2 things about the 1982 tour.  I was at the Sept. 7, 1982 show at the Orpheum and I actually agreed with the Globe review -- I thought they were tired and didn't have the same energy as other times I saw the Clash.  I had just seen them August 28 in Providence and that was, and still is, the greatest show I have ever seen (beating an amazing show at Bond's NYC).  They had the crowd of 10,000 as one and played with such energy it was amazing. I wish somebody else had written down and posted the set list.

My roomate at the time wasn't into the Clash and I convinced him to go to the Orpheum show.  We scalped some dance floor tix for face value (to this day, I have no clue how we got the best tix in the theatre by just showing up and lucking into somebody selling), so we were 3rd standing row from the band.  Seemed evident early on that they were tired (at the time I commented to my roomate that they seemed drunk or wasted) and it wasn't the same energy level.  The confrontation between Strummer and the stage jumper was unnerving and seemed to further sap the bands spirit.  Really, in my opinion, the Boston Globe reviewer was correct.  Sadly, that was my last Clash concert, but, in my mind, the Providence show was really the last time I saw the real Clash, the only band that mattered. Bob R

Aug 29 Agora Ballroom in Hartford (West Hartford), Connecticut
I am sure that I saw them in late August at the Agora Ballroom in Hartford (West Hartford), Connecticut, but that doesn't show up on the 1982 tour dates.  At one time the venue was called Stage West.  They were in the area at that time (Hyannis, Providence and NYC are all close by).   Is it possible that this was a last-minute schedule change or something?  MTownsend(at)adcole.com

I saw your website and just wanted to give you the date of the Clash show at the Agora Ballroom in West Hartford, CT.
It was on Sunday August 29th, 1982. I think Black Uhuru was the opener. Admission was $10.50 and well worth it. I still have my ticket. Great website. Thanks, Tom
Aug 31 Pier 84, New York NY, USA
Sep 1 Pier 84, New York NY, USA & Mick @ Lounge
Sep 2 Pier 84, New York NY, USA
Sep 4 Verdun Auditorium, Montreal, Canada
Sep 5 CNE Grandstand at the old Exhibition (Grounds) Stadium, Toronto, Canada
Sep 7 Orpheum Theater, Boston MA, USA
Sep 8 Orpheum Theater, Boston MA, USA
Sep 25 JFK Stadium, Philadelphia PA, USA
...supporting The Who
Sep 26 Rich Stadium, Buffalo NY, USA
...supporting The Who
Sep 30 Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, USA
...supporting The Who
Oct 2 State University of New York (SUNY), Binghampton NY, USA
Oct 3 R.P.I. Fieldhouse, Troy NY, USA
Oct 4 University of Vermont in Burlington Vermont
Opening band was a local act called Pinhead.  About 2,000 tickets sold.  I don't know if a boot exists, but would give my arm for one if it did.  (I was 15, and I was the first one in line - waited 9 and a half hours). 
Oct 6 SMU, North Dartmouth MA, USA
Oct 9 “Saturday Night Live”
NBC-TV appearance, New York NY, USA
Oct 12 Shea Stadium, New York
...supporting The Who
Oct 13 Shea Stadium, New York
...supporting The Who
Oct 15 William and Mary Hall, Williamsburg, Va.
I was at the Oct 15th 1982 show at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  My friends and I had driven there from the podunk towns of Concord and Kannapolis, NC.  In the pre-internet days it wasn't always easy to find out about bands going on tour unless it was some shit band like Boston.  I found out about this show by listening to a Sunday night alternative radio show that I could pick up even though the station was 100-plus miles from where I lived.  I told my friends about it and the following Friday we set out for Williamsburg.  I remember getting out of our car once we arrived and noticing how every car had a different Clash song playing on their respective tape decks.  I felt like I was on another planet.  The show had General Admission seating and we wanted to be down front, but where we were at things got pretty wild.  I remember some guy pulling out a knife right next to me.  I can't remember why now.  The Clash were great, of course.  I never thought I'd be getting the chance to see them and I was stoked that they were playing first album material too and not just the more recent "hits".  They were a turing point in my life and I was never the same because of them. www.Chris Peigler
Oct 16 Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Oct 17 Memorial Gym, Kent State University OH, USA
Oct 18? Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 19? Folsum Field, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Supporting the Who. Uncertain date. It is not the 17th which is Kent State. Possibly the 19th? According to the Who concert guide, The Who played Folsom field on Oct. 17.
Oct 20 Seattle Kingdom
The Clash supported the Who at the Seattle Kingdom on the 21st of Oct 82. They played about 40 minutes. T-Bone Burnett came on before and was booed. Sadly I have misplaced the tape of this gig but the set was pretty standard.
Oct 22 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, USA
Poster Ticket The Memorial Auditorium only seats about 3500 people. The Clash were getting ready to play with The Who at the two Oakland shows on the 23rd & 25th. They decided to play a solo show by themselves in Sacramento on the 22nd.
Oct 23 Colisseum Stadium, Oakland CA, USA
...supporting The Who
Oct 25 Colisseum Arena, Oakland CA, USA
The Clash DID NOT support The Who at the Oakland Coliseum ARENA (the smaller enclosed venue next to the larger Coliseum STADIUM used on Oct. 23 1982) on Oct. 25 1982. I attended both shows and have circulated my recordings of both. It may be my master recording of the Oct. 23 performance that you have heard and reviewed. I hope that helps to refine the info on your site. I'm absolutely certain. We were very disappointed the Clash only played at the larger outside show. Ned Hoey
Oct 29 Colisseum, Los Angeles CA, USA
...supporting The Who
31-10-82 Any recording labelled Ozone Park New Jersey is Bonds 9 June 81
Nov 27 Bob Marley Centre, Montego Bay, Kingston, Jamaica
...Jamaican World Music Festival