Supported by 'The Five'

updates 9 Jan 2010 - added photos
updated 28 March 2016 - full review

Copyright: John Bendik - email Johnbendik7[a]
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cdr - above average - sound 3 – 85 min - unknown gen? - tracks 23

cdr – good sound – sound 4 – 91 mins – master – tracks 23

The Clash had sold out the Pittsburgh Stanley Theater two weeks in advance and two audience recordings (including a master) capture the fifth consecutive performance in a row from the tour.  Unusually Joe barely addresses the audience throughout and each song is punched out hard and fast with a barely a pause for breath. At the end of the show Joe apologises for his behaviour but for what specifically is unclear. Certainly Joe and the band let their music alone do the talking tonight and deliver a performance that is remembered as one of the most memorable nights in the Theater’s history. Pittsburgh Magazine list this gig as one of the ten most important concerts in Pittsburgh history. In the article, promoter Engler remembers military-style netting stretching across the stage, but more clearly recalls conversations with the Clash’s late frontman; “I had a chance to talk to Joe Strummer for a good while.” The gig is also memorable for an extended Career Opportunities with a marked rhythm change whether rehearsed or impromptu is unclear.    

The gig was reviewed locally very positively [links]. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review by Bill Stieg noted that Elvis Costello’s concert the previous night was a near sell-out but The Clash sold out the venue 2 weeks in advance with hardly any promotion. It had been a long wait for fans as it was the first time the band had played Pittsburgh but both band and crowd responded to the occasion. He said The Clash ‘assaulted the crowd with its rock’n’roll. Those on the floor stood from start to finish- a rare sight. But they had no choice – the band’s energy is irresistible….Each song was delivered with the kind of compelling sincerity so sadly lacking in rock concerts these days’.

Pittsburgh Press Review by Pete Bishop compared Costello with The Clash saying both rely more on words than music  but Costello’s ‘lyrics are very much part of the introspective “Me Generation” whilst The Clash‘s are the social consciousness and protest that started with Bob Dylan (but then spoils his argument with references to Styx and Lynyrd Skynyrd). He said Strummer’s voice was closely akin to regurgitation and describes the back drop and camouflage over the PA speakers. He concludes ‘…when folks with tickets for the floor stand the entire night, you know something’s special going on.’      

'The Five' ended up opening for the Clash; a scheduled opening act cancelled on short notice, so The Five were said to have filled in admirably.

Johnny Kinkdom: I was in the audience on the night in question. The guy behind me didn’t like me standing and dancing so he jumped me and started ripping my shirt to shreds. Two guys next to him grabbed him and pulled him back, and then the ushers hauled him away. After he left, everyone was up and dancing. I kept the ripped shirt and it's now framed and on the wall. My kids think I am a GOD because of that ripped shirt.


The Stanley Theater, built in 1928, had been one of nation's top live music venues during the big band era of the 1930s and 1940s but with the fading of the big bands the Stanley became a first run movie house from the late 1940s. Then in 1973 after a half million dollar face lift, upgraded stage and restored auditorium the Stanley was a more attractive place to hold concerts. New aisles were added to the auditorium that reduced the seating capacity from 3,704 to 3,491.One of the first rock groups to play at the Stanley was the Velvet Underground in 1968. Promoter Rich Engler joined forces with promoter Pat DiCesare and they purchased the Stanley in 1977 and became the top grossing concert theater in the United States.. Billboard Magazine named the Stanley Theater the "Number One Auditorium in the U.S." several times during the 1970s and 1980s. 

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust acquired the Stanley from DiCesare Engler in 1984, spent $43 million on renovations, and relaunched it as the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in 1987. Now the home of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet classical music is now heard in the once great hall of rock’n’roll.

Bob Marley performed his last ever live concert at the Stanley on September 23, 1980, It was eight months before his death from cancer in 1981. Marley had collapsed while jogging in New York’s Central Park on September 21 and was taken to a hospital. Doctors informed Marley that the cancer that he had been diagnosed with three years earlier had spread. They urged him to stop performing. Engler received another call from Marley’s agent on the day of the show telling him the band was headed to Pittsburgh. Talking to Rich backstage before the show Marley said that he had to go on because his band needed the money and he did not want to disappoint his fans. The concert was recorded and released as the album “Bob Marley Live Forever”.  A 30th anniversary of the concert was held at the Benedum on September 23, 2010..

The Clash received a rapturous response in Pittsburgh (and would return the following month) perhaps partly due to The Clash’s lyrics as hard times had returned to Pittsburgh in the early 1980s. The great steel mills of Western Pennsylvania closed their doors throwing thousands out of work. In the four county area surrounding Pittsburgh 22,000 steel workers lost their jobs. A few months before The Clash, the Stanley had hosted the WDVE Steel Workers Benefit Concert. The gig ends appropriately with Career Opportunities.

Two audience recordings circulate of this recording;

The widely circulating one is an analogue copy or more off the master. It loses the start of Wrong Em Boyo beginning at the ska part and loses also the end of I’m So Bored With USA. It suffers too from some distortion and distance from the stage. The best songs not affected by the distortion are the quieter ones. The sound was a touch distant though it has good stereo and a reasonable degree of clarity as though the recording device could capture some width of sound and clarity but not decibels. There is more shouting near the taper and vocals less clear; generally a muddier sound but otherwise not bad. An  upgrade to the master would be very welcome. 

The best recording is from the master but does not circulate widely. It is complete and being a master source has greater clarity and detail. It also suffers from distance to stage and some distortion. It has good range for an audience recording, captures the atmosphere and performance well and is very well worth seeking out.

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The stereo miked recordings begin with the intro music and there is a huge roar around the tapers as the band come on stage. With almost his only communication with the audience tonight Joe announces “London Calling to the faraway town” and the band kick into a hard sharp and fast London Calling. Joe is in good voice but gets muddled somewhat with his lyrics. Mick’s solo is again too far back in the sound mix. 

Joe’s cry “Liiiiiights” and Paul’s bass line then heralds an always welcome One More Time, played fast, short and intense with no instrumental additions; 1977 style. Mick’s guitar sound is different again; experimenting and varying his sound.

The recording captures the energy of the band and the packed audience. With no pause it’s into a very enjoyable Rock The Casbah; the band banging them out one after another as Joe liked. (White Man In) “Hammersmith Palais” orders Joe and after Mick’s “1-2-3-4” the band oblige with the ska rhythm to the fore at the start. The band continuing to vary the sets to keep them fresh; Terry bedded in, the band very tight.

Then a short pause for the first time and Mick begins the intro to Know Your Rights; his guitar too far back in the mix still but it’s a sharp tight committed performance. Guns of Brixton features lots of Mick’s effects, a highlight. Then it’s straight into Police on My Back with Mick’s lead guitar sharp and metallic; the band belting out the songs with great energy. Ignore the sound deficiencies and enjoy. 

Without a pause again it’s straight into Car Jamming; sharp, fast, intense. Then This is Radio Clash drenched in Mick’s effects; an aural assault. Unusually there’s no Joe adlibs in Magnificent Seven (long instrumental section) but he’s in great voice on a fast intense performance again with Mick’s effects prominent. Into Train In Vain, Mick’s lead guitar clear and impressive, audience clearly loving it. An edit at end of the song does not lose the start of Wrong Em Boyo on the master source. Paul’s bass lines clear

Some minor tape twists in the master during an enjoyable fast, committed The Call Up. “Hup 2-3-4’s” of audience are interrupted to roars of approval by the start of Brand New Cadillac which the band blast through. Then in contrast Mick gently picks out the intro to Somebody Got Murdered but Terry’s drums soon restore the energy; very good if unexceptional performance.

Unusually Pressure Drop is in the main set (had been featuring regularly in the encores on the tour and end of UK tour). It’s tight and fast then after barely a second it’s into I Fought The Law, blasted out as throughout the main set with intensity and passion. 

The first encore begins with Armagideon Time on which Joe works through his repertoire of whoops wails and cries, bass and drums clear, Micks guitar and effects (of which plenty) less clear. Interesting performance for variety of Mick’s effects and Terry’s drum fills and lengthy drum and bass only section at end. Should I Stay or Should I Go is followed by Joe’s first communication since the start of the gig with the audience; ”We’d like to play Safe European Home now, thank you” Dropping it down for an extended drum and bass section there’s rare Strummer adlibbing tonight “went up to London, took one look and a cop chased him down…” The encore ends with not a word from Joe or Mick.

After an edit Terry’s bass drum begins the second encore and a fine Straight To Hell. Despite an unusually taciturn night Joe obviously feels the need to preface I’m So Bored With The USA with “Yes this next song is about the Americanisation of English culture“. The gig ends with a memorable Career Opportunities which starts as normal but at the end of the verses Joes sings “Career” and the audience sing it back so Joe repeats “Career” and the audience repeat it back over and over until the band speed it up and change the rhythm. Planned or impromptu it sounds great. Finally Mick brings it back to the original ending. 

As the band leave the stage Joe says “Thank you and goodnight. I apologise for my behaviour” 

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London Callling
One More Time
Rock the Casbah
White Man
Know Your Rights
The Guns of Brixton
Police on My Back
Car Jamming
This is Radio Clash
Magnificent Seven
Train in Vain
Wrong Em Boyo
The Call Up
Brand New Cadilac
Somebody Got Murdered
Presure Drop
I Fought the Law
Armagideon time
Should I Stay or Should I go
Safe European Home
Straight to Hell
Im so Bored with the USA
Career Opportunities

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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


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] - 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

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)

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