updated 14 July 2008 - added another ticket

cdr - poor sound - Sound 2 - 89min -
unknown gen? - tracks 22


A very average recording with some 'outdoor sound'. It has plenty of character but swirls with dull patches, is slightly distant and has little middle, all highs and lows. There are also some tape problems...


Review of Toronto Show - 1982
By Wilder Penfield III

1982:

"You must be revolutionary too -- can I take you home?"

I'm sure the lass I overheard was kidding. Or almost sure. At a concert by The Clash, some radical stances are serious.

For it wasn't top-40 brainwashing that drew 19,000 plus -- The Clash's biggest-ever audience in North America -- to the Grandstand Sunday night, but a lot of other things, some of them radical-political. (Some of them social.)

And if there exist a lot of free-floating longers for commitment (pick an issue, any issue), why shouldn't The Clash cater to them too?

England's best-known rock politicians have established an enviable reputation for integrity and for seriousness of purpose. It allows them absolution in advance for being too naive for their audience (or too sophisticated), or for not being much fun (or being too much fun). "You know, people ask me all the time if we're still punk" says bassist Paul Simonon in the current Musician (highly recommended), "and I always say,'Yeeh, we're punk.' because punk means not having to stick to anybody else's rules. Then you look around and see all those bands that are afraid to break the rules of what they think punk is. We're punk because we still have our own version of what it means. That's what it is: an attitude. And we'll stay punk as long as we can keep the blindfolds off."

Says Joe Strummer: "I know nuclear doom is prophesied for the world, but I don't think you should give up fighting until the flesh burns off your face,"

Their standards are their own. So what if Strummer's vocals are as vague as guitarist Mick Jones' concept of in-tune? So what if many of the melodies were banal and the Iyrics inaudible? The Clash operated like crack hit-men, with original drummer Terry Chimes driving them through a punk-paced set, and they played the songs that people knew they stood for, and any other songs people were sure to know, and they didn't flinch when the people (once again) breached the stage during the second srt of encores -- they were hot, and the intensity is what counts, and we believed in the intensity and fed on it.

I found it strange to be at a rebellion party, to be dancing -- everybody was dancing -- in front of photos of undernouriahed third-world children.

But if The Clash want to spread the word big, they have to play in the big leagues, and that means reaching people, and that requires showmanship.

More power to them.

In Black Uhuru they had an uncommonly compatible opening act. Black Uhuru is -- of all things -- a kick-ass reggae band, and with the help of some of best rhythm players in the business, it eamed an uncommonly effusive encore demand. (The Clash know they are not the only band that matters.)

The Clash themselves will soon be opening a series dates for The Who. Not everybody in The Clash organization is pleased with the decision-- said one defector after Sunday's show, "I don't work with oldies bands." But The Who could hardly make a braver gesture than involving their heirs apparent in their final tour of duty.

"I saw that concert in Toronto [1979] -memorable night - however, I do not remember Bo Diddley being there - there were three bands - first up was "The B-Girls" - awful local band, if Bo Diddley was there he was up next -seem to remember The Undertones, but that may have been their next tour (I saw The Clash so many times, is hard to remember every band).. Definitely, definitely, The B-Girls were first band up,they were eventually booed off the stage."

"Best supporting band I ever saw with them was on Rock the Casbah tour when Black Uhuru opened for them at Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto. Terry Chimes had just replaced Topper Headon on drums."

"Due to the frenzied nature of the audience Joe had the band launch into an impromptu additional encore of "White Riot" and "Bored with The USA". I vividly remember seeing my friend climb up on the stage for this encore amongst many others who poured onto the stage. A fitting end to a really great show. Black Uruhu opened the show.... GA"

The Clash played Toronto on Sept. 5, at the CNE grandstand at the old Expo grounds--I travelled there by Greyhound bus to see it. There were numerous equipment problems during the show, including both Mick and Joe alternately having amp problems during "Clampdown". At the end of the show, the audience, myself included, stormed the stage, some 10 feet high. I still have some of the camouflauge... Robert

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London Calling
Know Your Rights
Spanish Bombs
Rock the Casbah
Guns of Brixton
Police on my Back
Bankrobber
Magnificent Seven
Janie Jones
Train in Vain
Radio Clash
English Civil War
Call Up
Somebody Got Murdered
The Leader
Career Opportunities
Clampdown
I Fought the Law
Armagideon Time
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Police & Thieves
Straight to Hell

Impromtu 2nd encore
Bored with the USA
White Riot

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