In support of FSLN in Nicaragua (Sandinista National Liberation Front) with The Pogues & Elvis Costello.

Joe Strummer and the Latino Rockabilly War
Joe Strummer: Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Zander Schloss: Lead Guitar and Vocals
Lonnie Marshall: Bass Guitar and Vocals
Willie MacNeil : Drums
Jack Irons: Drums

"The 1988 LRW show at the Brixton Fridge did not feature the Pogues or Costello - support came from reggae band One Style. There was no Brixton Academy date either. The show was decent but the one at The Camden Electric Ballroom was FANTASTIC!!! Much as I love The Mescaleros, this was the best post Clash show I saw Joe play, way better than the lineup that played Santa Monica Civic in 1989.

I think maybe the confusion regarding the Fridge show stems from the proposed film/tour (w/ Alex Cox) of Nicaragua that never took place."

Joe Strummer and the Latino Rockabilly War
Joe Strummer: Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Zander Schloss - guitar
Roberto Pla - Percussion
Jim Donica - Bass
Willie McNeill : Drums

cdr - flawed soundboard - goodish - Sound 4 - 58min -
1gen - 16 tracks - last updated 25 May 02

Joe Strummer Live at The Fridge in Brixton

First things first. First impressions can be misleading. "He looks just like Bruce Springsteen," the bloke next to me observed. Well, the re-born Strummer may look as clean-cut and healthy as the Boss, he may be as infatuated with rock 'n' roll mythology, but from here all comparisons evaporate.

Where the 1988 delux model Springsteen bends at the housemaid's knee to maturity and his role in an adult society, Joe Strummer is now discovering the wrecklessness of a second youth. Over half his present audience were soiling nappies when "Garageland" first short-circuited radios, but the man still has venom on his tongueand shrapnel lodged close to his heart. He still thrives off aggression and oppression, syphoning off rage and injustice.

If it's surprising that Strummer's resurrection has come at a time when pop's closest living relative is apathy, it's one of the miracles of modern culture that he's now , once again, regarded as the custodian of pop's conscience.

Watching Strummer's leg jackhammering the stage and arm frantically pulverising his guitar is like watching a prize fighter go 15 rounds with his past. The latter-day Lazarus had made so many mistakes in his career that one more slip would scarcely have been noticed, but after the barrage of "Running Down The Railroad Track" it was clear tonight was no error. More like happy accident.

{Unintelligable} a man who owns an expensive house in Notting Hill spearheading an anti-yuppie tour, standing in front of a huge skull and crossbones with "Rock Against The Rich" tattooed around it. But Strummer still lives in a sitting room where there's nowhere to sit, with no carpets, no TV, and no records. The only prominent feature to be seen is a giant atlas opened at Central America. It's no surprise he's still able to interweave rock'n'roll, Latino jive and roots reggae with such efficacy. He lives the same cross-cultural carnival he plays.

Of all the things that have been said about Strummer, the most astute was the Stud Brothers' description of him as the closest a white man has ever come to being a black bluesman. He plays the part of rock'n'roll desperado because he has the desperate need to play rock'n'roll.

Time passed, he gritted his teeth, he snarled through his verses, he stalked around the ring, and somehow Strummer managed to stop the second hand by revising and revitalising the second-hand. He narrowly averted corrupting "Junco Partner" and his shotgun version of The Pogues' "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" sent tremors jarring up the spinal cord. Even newer nursery rhymes like "Trash City" competed with the hypnotic lilting chant of "Straight to Hell", and the shimmering forearm smash of "Shouting Street".

Every time he delved into the well of Clash history the result was hysteria: a tight-knit "Police And Theives", a sand-blasted "Brand New Cadillac" and dishevelled "London Calling" caused the usual mayhem and stage invasions, yet Strummer the man never quite eroded Strummer the myth - and those hoping for an ill-fated Clash reunion were left sorry but not mournful. His pulse now beats in time with his former life in The 101ers.

The irony that guided his cover of "Love Of The Common People" was lost amid the fists and frenzy, and at times his backing banditos folded in disarray, but Strummer has learnt that consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative, and his zealot's armour proved that his conviction need not be a life sentence.

He still knows countless ways of bruising an audience black'n'blue. He still knows how to fight. Amazingly enough, he is still a contender.

Mico, Ted Melody Maker July 2, 1988


A flawed soundboard of 1st generation? The sound is quite good, though slightly modified. It may also be edited to just most of the Clash songs?

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Boogie and Shane
Police on my Back
Junco Partner
Nothin bout Nothin
Love Kills
If I should Fail from Grace
Police and Thieves
Love of the Common People
Ubangi Stomp
This is England
Armagideon Time
Somebody Got Murdered
Brand New Cadilac
Trash City
Londons Calling
Straight to Hell

This is England

Melody Maker 2 July 88

any info / reviews appreciated

Tour & Gig Reviews

Sounds 6 Aug 88
Fantastic interview with Joe during the Doncaster and Liverpool Gigs

Support band interviewed

Sheila Rodgers
Tour Preview

PUNTERS VIEW

Hi, Just wanted to say what a great site you have and to offer you a "punters view" on Joe's Green Wedge Tour.

I didn't see the Tabernacle gig as I had no idea that it was happening, I had, however, already got tickets for the Milton Keynes Amnesty gig. My mate and I drove up from Tunbridge Wells in Kent and spent a blisteringly hot day getting slowly drunk and quickly sunburned! My memories of the weekend are fairly vague; Big Audio Dynamite were good as always, New Model Army were fucking great I seem to remember, The Men They Couldn't Hang were good fun, but The Latino Rockabilly War were a little underwhelming - maybe nerves? - but I do know that seeing Joe for the first time since The Clash was exciting enough, never mind the performance. I'm not sure, but I think they were better on the Sunday.

I didn't see the Brixton gig, but was at Hackney Empire for a very strange evening of "alternative" comedy and music. Tony Allen was quite funny, Jerry Sadowitz was exceedingly funny but his set was very short, mainly because of the reaction he was getting from some pretty hardline feminists in that night (I remember he said something about Anne Diamond having a miscarriage that brought torrents of abuse). Strummer was on good form that night and I know we enjoyed the band much more than at Milton Keynes, maybe just because it was indoors. I don't really remember the set, but I think it may have been the first time they did "Oye Como Va", and I remember being quite taken aback at how "Latin" this thing really was. Loads of percussion. Wow! I think "Ride Your Donkey" was played as well, and what a lovely groove that always was.

The Electric Ballroom is already well documented, but I too think it was where everything came together. A really interesting set list, (B.A.
D. songs for christ's sake!) and a truly great night out.

Then it was on to probably the strangest venue I've ever been to - Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre. I remember you had to walk past the swimming pool with families enjoying their Saturday evening fun on the water slides and suchlike. God knows what they thought of all these rebel rockers invading their nice little playground. The gig itself was on a basketball court with a small stage set up at one end. It made for an odd setting, but a nice intimate one. The sound wasn't that great, but Joe and the boys put on a really good show, and Zander Schloss was pretty much on fire if I remember rightly. I didn't see them again until the Town & Country gigs the next year (I still have my autographed ticket from one of those).

So there you are. Not a lot of detail I'm afraid, but hopefully you'll find my brief recollections of some interest.
Yours, N.C. <jcp666[a]tiscali.co.uk>

Jun 17 London , Tabernacle
Jun 18 Milton Keynes
Jun 19 Milton Keynes
Jun 23 The Fridge, Brixton, London
support of FSLN in Nicaragua (Sandinista National Liberation Front)
July 3 Hackney Empire
July 7 London Electric Ballroom
July 9 Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre London

Must be one of the strangest gigs I've been to- remember being in the bar full of Clash fans and seeing people still swimming in the pool. †I recall the security at the gig being guys that looked like pool attendants. †There was a crush at the front, Joe stopped the gig because a girl was trapped and started again when she was ok.

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July 13 Leeds, Irish Centre
July 14 Derby, Confettis
cancelled due to poor ticket sales
July 15 Liverpool, Royal Court
July 16 Doncaster, Broadsworth Miners Welfare Hall
Sounds Review & Interview from the Issue 6 August 1988 begins here
July 17 Sheffield, Leadmill
July 18 Bristol, Bierkeller
July 19 Merthy Tydfil NC, Wales
July 21 Exeter, George Hall
July 23 Poole, Arts Ctr
July 24 Southampton, Mayfair
July 25 Brighton, Concord (switched to the Dome)

(1) I went to the Rock against the Rich show in Brighton, but I seem to recall it was at the dome. Also I think it was one night only,possibly they combined the two shows into one. I know it was definitely at the Dome, I lived 50 yards from it and was dead chuffed knowing Joe was in the vacinity.

(2) The local police were concerned about the Class War event being staged over two days in such a small venue. The promoter switched the event to a bigger, council run venue known as Brighton Dome and Joe only played one night (25th July). Memories of the evening.... City of The Dead and buying a Joe Strummer / Class War T shirt that I wore until it disintegrated. David

July 26 Brighton, Concord (cancelled)
July 28 Swansea, Marina
Aug 1 Northampton
Aug 2 Birmingham PowerHouse
Aug 3 Nottingham Rock City
Aug 5 Manchester International II
I saw the Manchester Rock against the Rich show, and it was at the International II, which was on Plymouth Grove, which is not far off from being Levenshulme. I think this may be the confusion i.e. probably only one Manchester show, and at International II, not International I, which, if I remember correctly, was more in central Manchester. anon

Hi the July 88 Levenshulme Gig was actually at the International 2 Club! I took my Missus, she was pregnant with my son at the time and fell asleep at the back! The Band were excellent, very heavy, the crowd went mental, at the end the crowd invaded the stage, the War Band got nervous and exited but Joe kept playing on his own surrounded by well wishing audience members, Levenshulme 1 Nicaragua 0. Viva Strumboli!!!! Chris

Aug 6 Bradford, Palm Club
Aug 7 Glasgow Barrowlands
Aug 9 Hull, Tower Ballroom
"A mere 19 yr old.....I remember it was a really warm night and the place was packed. I got a veiw from the stairs just right of thre stage. The door staff were friends of my dad's and said I could go and sit on the side of the stage. Biggest regret that I didn't. Kicked off with 'If I Should Fall From Grace With God' and dedicated it to 'My friend Shane MacGowan'. I was pretty chuffed as I had my Pogues shirt on."
Aug 10 Newcastle, Mayfair
Aug 11 Edinburgh, Coasters
Clouds was the upstairs part of Coasters (now called the Cavendish) where strummer played again with the clash busking in 1985 and with LRW in 1988 - Coasters itself is pretty small and both the upstairs rooms are tiny.
Aug 12 Aberdeen Northern Cairn Hotel
Aug 13 Hultsfred Folkettes, Sweden