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updated 8 March 2007
updated 30 Dec 2008 - added punters comments
updated 5 Jan 2010 - added Boston tapes
updated 12 April 2011 - added better version of Boston Tapes

From Here To Eternity - Sound 5 - 20min - tracks 5

cdr - full slight distortion - Sound 4 - 86min -
unknown gen? - tracks 22 - *missing Garageland

Boston Tapes LP - 13 tracks form the 7th - great sound.

CBS Live tapes
Quote, "Eventually, via Jeff Jones at Legacy in New York, I contacted Bruce Dickinson who'd worked at CBS in the 1970s and 80s and was a fan of the band. He knew of a company in the States who specialised in archiving live radio tapes. They had two nights of the Clash at Bonds on Broadway and two nights in Boston."


A very good sounding recording that however suffers distortion which reduces its quality. It sounds as though it may have originated from the same source as FHTE, the official live CD.

The from Here to Eternity tracks are; Clash City Rockers, White Man in Hammersmith Palais, London Calling, Magnificent 7, Know Your Rights. Two tracks were also used from the follwing night gig.


Note:

Most of the reviews were written by Steve Morse, the long time rock critic for the Boston Globe and clearly a fan of the clash (he traveled to NY, NJ and Wash DC to review the band). As a native of Boston and a 25+ year fan of the Clash I have always enjoyed and agreed with his reviews. That can't be said for Jim Sullivan who wrote the Sept. 7, 1982 review. I was at that show and I have never had such a disagreement with a review and to this day, I can't hear (or write!) the words Jim Sullivan with out thinking about how far off the mark that review was (call me obsessed!), other's radio DJs at the time agreed. I thought it was a great show. I have included Sullivan's review just for the historical record. If you post it I may send my own memories of the show at a later date.


Boston Globe Review


HALF-SPEED CLASH GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS AT ORPHEUM\ THE CLASH - IN CONCERT AT THE ORPHEUM THEATER, TUESDAY NIGHT.

Author(s): JIM SULLIVAN Date: September 10, 1982 Page: ????? Section: ARTS/ FILMS

Tickets were being scalped outside the Orpheum for as much as $75 each. Inside, the atmosphere was charged with anticipation. Although the Clash, one of England's seminal punk rock bands, played three recent dates at Cape Cod and one at Providence, this was their first Boston appearance in two years.

Last time they tore down the house, making good on the oft stated claim that they were the rock 'n' roll band that mattered most. But at their second Cape Cod show they seemed tired, lacking both the aggression and the passion that drove them in the beginning.

Tuesday night at the Orpheum was Cape Cod redux. It was a better set than the Cape show - better sound, better choice of material ("Clash City Rockers," "Clampdown"), better use of video slides - but the intensity level wavered throughout. By the time they got to "Should I Stay or Should I Go?," a virtual rewrite of their first American hit single "Train in Vain," the feeling was that something had gone, sadly, awry. The band that once ripped into every song as if the weight of the world rested on the result, went through the motions.

Although it was satisfying to hear early ravers such as "Janie Jones," "Career Opportunities" and "Garageland," it was disturbing to hear their energy dissipated. The most charged moment came during the final pre-encore song, "Clampdown," as Springa, singer with the Boston hardcore punk band SS Decontrol, attempted to jump on stage and knocked singer/guitarist Joe Strummer's microphone stand into his chest. A security man jumped into the crowdand Strummer quickly followed, looking for the culprit. The other three Clashmen - guitarist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon and drummer Terry Chimes - hung back, found a groove and waited for Strummer to make it back on stage. However dubious or ironic Strummer's motivation, it made the song's climax - "You grow up and and you calm down!/And you're working for the Clampdown!" - extra strong.

Tuesday's show was the next-to-last gig on the Clash's present North American tour, and, to be fair, some reports on what appears to be an erratic tour have been glowing. But this was my second night of the Clash at half speed and, to borrow a line from the Clash's "Safe European Home," "Don't want to go back there again."

The Clash are back on the road next month. They'll be playing at least four stadium dates (including New York's Shea Oct. 13 and 14) with the Who. "It should be quite interesting," said Kosmo Vinyl, Clash aide-de-camp. "The last group we supported was the Sex Pistols. I don't think it'll be quite the same."

Attached you'll find a scan of the August 7th 1982 Orpheum Theater show review from The Boston Herald. Larry Katz got everything that Jim Sullivan of The Globe missed.
 
A few reflections from that period:
 
I was in high school at the time; it was the summer between my junior and senior years - 17 years old - The Clash provided the soundtrack.
 
We did the Cape Cod Coliseum road trip in August; fourteen of us loaded up two vehicles and headed "down the Cape" from just north of Boston. We had no place to stay; just a bunch of tickets to see The Clash (we eventually slept in the foundation of some not-yet-built house by some pond off some dirt road). That weekend was one huge party. We were all dressed in fatigues and had our group photo taken several times in the parking lot pre-show. Inside, on the floor, it was bedlam - survival of the fittest. Evert ticket was general admission. There was a constant flow of displacement, front to back, as concert goers escaped the crush and heat in front of the stage, and sought refuge in the open areas at the back of the floor, allowing others to fill in the gaps. We were riding a relentless wave of sweat and Busch Beer, moving toward the music. On-stage, the band was a glorious galvanic organism, and I viewed them with awe through a tangle of raised fists, and a haze of marajuana smoke.
 
The Orpheum was a little different in that we had assigned seats. I was able to concentrate completely on what was happening on stage without paying attention to what was going on in the audience around me. Nearly twenty-five years, and over 300 concerts later, The Clash at The Orpheum in 1982 is still the greatest single live music experience of my life. They were truly The Only Band That Mattered.
 
One thing I always remember about The Clash is that they always RAN to the stage. I may be wrong, but that is how I remember them, which, in my mind, is all that matters. It was like they were literally on fire and the only way to extinguish the flames was to deliver their message. They played as if they knew their time was short, and if they didn't get to the stage fast, someone might take the stage away. And as a fan you had to be ready to run with them or you were going to lag behind, and miss something special. I don't see bands don't run to the stage anymore.
 
I remember seeing The Stones at The Orpheum in September 2002 with my younger brother. There were a couple guys sitting behind us, they were a little older, and after Buddy Guy's opening set we got to talking about bands we had seen at The Orpheum. It was like a high-stakes poker game where you reveal one card at a time. I knew I had a great hand; Keith Richards, J Geils Band, Joe Jackson, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits. I waited till the end to lay down my trump card; when I mentioned The Clash, one of them said, "You saw The Clash !!?" I get that all the time. We were about to see The World's Greatest Rock n Roll Band at their first theater show on the Forty Licks Tour, and this guy wanted to hear about The Only Band That Matters.
 
One of my closest friends has been in a rock and roll coma for about the last fifteen years. Like so many people, he began to shut it down as the age of thirty approached. It's sad because he's my friend-the one who got me to The Orpheum in 1982, and because I can see him struggling to come out of his musical blackout (he's constantly asking me if rock n roll is dead). In November 1999, Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros played The Roxy in Boston. I went to my friend's bedside, held his hand, and whispered that Joe was coming...his eyelids began to flutter and his fingers closed tighlty around mine. For almost two hours, I saw my friend flying around The Roxy; jumping; dancing; singing; sweating; yelling, "THIS IS FUCKING UNBELIEVABLE!!!" Only Joe could do that. The spell lasted for about a week. Eventually my friend lapsed back into his deep musical stupor. I visit him whenever I download a great Clash show, and whenever a DVD resurfaces from the vaults. Some people say I should leave him be, others say to pull the plug. But it's worth it to see him revived for these short periods; he's my friend, and he got me to The Orpheum in '82.
 
London Calling has been my favorite album for twenty-seven years. It has held that distinction, without challenge, since its release. I recently conducted a poll of co-workers and friends of the twenty-five albums you would save if your house were on fire and you only had time to grab twenty-five CDs, Lps, cassettes etc (the key caveat being that the albums that you leave behind can NEVER be replaced). Twenty two people responded and London Calling (12) edged Born to Run (11) for the most-mentioned title. London Calling was also listed as number one on six ballots-the next highest was three (Born to Run).
 
When Joe Strummer died in December 2002 my phone rang off-the-hook. It was as if my only cool uncle had passed away and everybody was reaching out to make sure I didn't lose it. I almost called in sick to work on the 23rd. It was difficult. It still is. I miss Joe Strummer.
 
-Jeff

From: ruchinskas-at-comcast.net
Date: 13 November 2008 02:21:36 GMT

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

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London Calling
Know Your Rights
White Man In Ham Palais
Rock the Casbah
The Guns Of Brixton
Police On My Back
The Magnificent Seven
Janie Jones
Career Opportunities
Train In Vain
This Is Radio Clash
The Call Up
Brand New Cadillac
Somebody Got Murdered
English Civil War
I Fought the Law
Clampdown
Armagideon Time
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
I'm So Bored with the USA
Straight to Hell
Clash City Rockers
Garageland

Boston Tapes compliation
London Calling 3:16
Janie Jones 2:15
The Call Up 4:47
Brand New Cadillac 1:54
Somebody Got Murdered 3:42
I Fought Low 2:36
Clampdown 4:23
Armagedion Time 4:59
Should I Stay Or Shoud I Go 2:47
I'm So Bored With The U.S.A 2:28
Straight To Hell 6:24
Clash City Rockers 3:26
Garageland 3:07

Boston Globe Review
Steve Morse

The Boston Herald Larry Katz

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