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The Clash

Gig Archive

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Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Joe Strummer and The Clash

GB – Oct  6, 1989

Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Joe Strummer and The Clash

GB – Aug  7, 1988

Unknown venue, Portsmouth

GB – Oct 22, 1985

Unknown venue, Athens

GR – Jul 27, 1985

Unknown venue, Roskilde

Roskilde Festival 1985

DK – Jun 28, 1985

City Centre, Manchester

GB – May 18, 1985

The Fixx, Glasgow

GB – May 17, 1985

The Wind Jammer Bar, Glasgow

GB – May 16, 1985

Coaster's, Edinburgh

GB – May 14, 1985

La Sorbonne, Edinburgh

GB – May 13, 1985

Drum Club, Sunderland

GB – May 11, 1985

The Bunker, Sunderland

GB – May 10, 1985

Ripon & St Johns College, York

GB – May  9, 1985

York Minster, York

GB – May  8, 1985

The Faversham, Leeds

GB – May  7, 1985

Royal Park Road Pub, Leeds

GB – May  6, 1985

Le Phonographic Nightclub, Leeds

GB – May  4, 1985

Garage Club, Nottingham

GB – May  3, 1985

O2 Academy Brixton, London

The Clash with Smiley Culture

GB – Dec  7, 1984

O2 Academy Brixton, London

GB – Dec  6, 1984

Palasport, Genoa

IT – Sep 11, 1984

Unknown venue, Reggio Emilia

IT – Sep  8, 1984

Arena Palasport, Rome

IT – Sep  7, 1984

Unknown venue, Salerno

IT – Sep  6, 1984

Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver

CA – May 31, 1984

Paramount Theatre, Seattle

US – May 30, 1984

University Of Oregon, Salem

US – May 29, 1984

Exhibition Hall, Salt Lake City

US – May 27, 1984

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver

Joe Ely and The Clash

US – May 25, 1984

Omaha Music Hall, Omaha

US – May 23, 1984

Starlight Bowl, Kansas City

US – May 22, 1984

Kiel Auditorium, St Louis

US – May 21, 1984

Vickie Anne Palmer Hall, Rockford

US – May 20, 1984

The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

US – May 17, 1984

Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines

US – May 16, 1984

Mayo Civic Centre, Twin Cities

US – May 15, 1984

Mecca Auditorium, Milwaukee

US – May 14, 1984

Public Hall, Cleveland

US – May 11, 1984

Michigan State University, Grand Rapids

US – May 10, 1984

Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus

US – May  9, 1984

Hara Arena, Dayton

US – May  8, 1984

Fox Theatre, Detroit

US – May  6, 1984

Fox Theatre, Detroit

The Clash with SLK

US – May  5, 1984

Physical Auditorium Complex, University Of Waterloo Campus, Waterloo

CA – May  4, 1984

Ottawa Civic Centre, Ottawa

The Clash with Wise Guys

CA – May  3, 1984

Montreal Forum, Montreal

CA – May  2, 1984

Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto

CA – Apr 30, 1984

Unknown venue, Buffalo

US – Apr 28, 1984

Colgate University, Rochester

US – Apr 27, 1984

Stony Brook University Gym, Bridgeport

US – Apr 26, 1984

Agora, Springfield

US – Apr 25, 1984

War Memorial at the Oncenter Complex, Rochester

US – Apr 24, 1984

Wachovia Spectrum Center, Philadelphia

US – Apr 22, 1984

The Hopkins Center, Thompson Arena, Dartmouth College, Manchester

US – Apr 18, 1984

Civic Center, Providence

US – Apr 17, 1984

Rutgers University, Newark

US – Apr 16, 1984

St. Lawrence University, Canton

US – Apr 15, 1984

Hofstra University, New York

US – Apr 14, 1984

DCU Center, Worcester

US – Apr 13, 1984

Portland Exposition Building, Portland

US – Apr 12, 1984

Palace Theatre, Springfield

US – Apr 11, 1984

Smith Center, Washington

US – Apr  8, 1984

Carmichael Auditorium, University Of North Carolina, Durham

US – Apr  6, 1984

The Township, Columbia

US – Apr  5, 1984

Fox Theatre, Atlanta

US – Apr  3, 1984

Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale

US – Mar 31, 1984

Wdiz And Beach Club, Orlando

US – Mar 30, 1984

Alumni Memorial Gym At University Of Tennessee, Knoxville

US – Mar 28, 1984

Unknown venue, Nashville

US – Mar 27, 1984

O2 Academy Brixton, London

The Clash with The Redskins

GB – Mar 17, 1984

O2 Academy Brixton, London

GB – Mar 16, 1984

SFX Theatre, Dublin

IE – Mar 14, 1984

SFX Theatre, Dublin

IE – Mar 13, 1984

Ulster Hall, Belfast

The Clash with The Defects

GB – Mar 12, 1984

O2 Academy Brixton, London

The Clash with Fab Five Freddie and Under Two Flags

GB – Mar 10, 1984

O2 Academy Brixton, London

GB – Mar  9, 1984

O2 Academy Brixton, London

GB – Mar  8, 1984

Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth

GB – Mar  6, 1984

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

GB – Mar  5, 1984

King Georges Hall, Blackburn

GB – Mar  4, 1984

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

GB – Mar  3, 1984

Espace Balard, Paris

FR – Mar  1, 1984

Palasesto, Milan

IT – Feb 28, 1984

Palasesto, Milan

IT – Feb 27, 1984

Festhalle, Bern

CH – Feb 25, 1984

Brielpoort, Deinze

BE – Feb 21, 1984

Philipshalle, Düsseldorf

DE – Feb 19, 1984

Isstadion, Stockholm

SE – Feb 17, 1984

Drammenshallen, Oslo

NO – Feb 16, 1984

Colston Hall, Bristol

GB – Feb 13, 1984

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

GB – Feb 12, 1984

Manchester Apollo, Manchester

The Clash with The Orson Family

GB – Feb 11, 1984

Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

The Clash with Under Two Flags

GB – Feb 10, 1984

Fox Theatre, San Diego

US – Feb  1, 1984

Warnors Theatre, Fresno

The Clash with The Opening Band Was Los Lobos.

US – Jan 28, 1984

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles

The Clash with Los Lobos and Malcolm Mclaren

US – Jan 27, 1984

Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles

US – Jan 24, 1984

Unknown venue, Stockton

US – Jan 22, 1984

Civic Auditorium, SF Bay Area

The Clash with Malcolm Mclaren and Los Lobos

US – Jan 21, 1984

Arlington Theatre, Los Angeles

US – Jan 19, 1984

O2 Academy Brixton, London

GB – Jul 30, 1983

US Festival

The Clash’s last-ever gig featuring the three founding members from 1976 – Strummer, Jones and Simonon - took place on 28 May 1983 at the Us Festival, a huge outdoor event held at the Glen Helen Regional Park, Los Angeles. The festival was organised by the Apple computers guru Steve Wozniak, and The Clash headlined the ‘New Music’ night, playing to a vast crowd of 150,000 on a bill also featuring A Flock Of Seagulls, The Stray Cats and Men At Work. Before the show, the band had called an emergency press conference to explain they wouldn’t play unless the organisers made a $100,000 donation to a summer camp for disadvantaged children; this the organisers did, fearing the event would descend into chaos. The Clash eventually took the stage two hours later, and finished the evening fighting with a DJ whose onstage announcements after their last song was seen as an attempt to rob them of an encore. Three months later, Mick Jones left the group, effectively signalling its end.

Regional Park, Los Angeles

The US Festival 1983

US – May 28, 1983

Activity Center, Tucson

US – May 26, 1983

Majestic Theatre, San Antonio

US – May 22, 1983

Memorial Auditorium Wichita Falls Tx, Dallas - Fort Worth

The Clash with Charlie Sexton

US – May 19, 1983

Hell W10

The Clash famously starred in their own film, Rude Boy, but it’s less well known they were leading actors in another, too: Hell W10, a silent, homemade black-and-white film written and directed by Joe Strummer in early 1983. The plot involved Paul Simonon and Mick Jones as rival underworld gangsters, with Joe making a cameo appearance as a policeman. As its title suggests, it was shot in and around the W10 London postcode where the group lived, in Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill. For years the film was thought lost, but in 2002 it was discovered among bric-a-brac on a London market stall and made available on the Essential Clash DVD.

Unknown venue, Montego Bay

Jamaica World Music Festival 1982

JM – Nov 25, 1982

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

The Who with The Clash and T-Bone Burnett

US – Oct 29, 1982

Colisseum Arena, SF Bay Area

US – Oct 25, 1982

Oakland Stadium, SF Bay Area

The Who with The Clash and T-Bone Burnett

US – Oct 23, 1982

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento

US – Oct 22, 1982

Kingdom, Seattle

The Who with The Clash

US – Oct 20, 1982

Kent State University Memorial Gym, Akron

US – Oct 17, 1982

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

US – Oct 16, 1982

William and Mary Hall, Newport News

US – Oct 15, 1982

Shea Stadium, New York

The Who with The Clash

US – Oct 13, 1982

Shea Stadium, New York

The Who with The Clash

US – Oct 12, 1982

SMU, North Dartmouth

US – Oct  6, 1982

University of Vermont, Burlington

US – Oct  4, 1982

Houston Fieldhouse, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Springfield

US – Oct  3, 1982

State University Of New York, Rochester

US – Oct  2, 1982

Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit

The Who with The Clash and Eddie Money

US – Sep 30, 1982

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, Orchard Park

The Who with The Clash

US – Sep 26, 1982

JFK Stadium, Philadelphia

The Who with The Clash

US – Sep 25, 1982

Shea Stadium

In autumn 1982, The Clash were invited by Pete Townshend to support The Who on the latter’s “farewell” tour of North American stadiums. In May, Topper had been fired, replaced by a virtually unknown British drummer called Pete Howard, who toured extensively with the band that summer. The Who’s New York shows took place in October at Shea Stadium, made famous as a rock venue by The Beatles in 1965. One record company employee recalled that backstage the usual Clash havoc ruled, with the band smuggling in dozens of fans they’d picked up on their tour bus along the way, and letting in ticketless fans hanging around outside the venue. The Clash’s performances were sensational, as shown on their 2008 Live At Shea Stadium album.

Orpheum Theatre, Boston / Cambridge

US – Sep  8, 1982

Orpheum Theatre, Boston / Cambridge

US – Sep  7, 1982

CNE Grandstand, Toronto

CA – Sep  5, 1982

Auditorium De Verdun, Montreal

CA – Sep  4, 1982

Pier 84, New York

The Clash with Kurtis Blow and Gregory Isaacs

US – Sep  2, 1982

Pier 84, New York

The Clash with Kurtis Blow and Gregory Isaacs

US – Sep  1, 1982

Pier 84, New York

The Clash with Kurtis Blow and Gregory Isaacs

US – Aug 31, 1982

West Hartford Agora Ballroom, Springfield

US – Aug 29, 1982

Civic Center, Providence

US – Aug 28, 1982

Penn Rink, Philadelphia

US – Aug 27, 1982

Penn Rink, Philadelphia

US – Aug 26, 1982

Cape Cod Colesium, Yarmouth

US – Aug 24, 1982

Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis, South Yarmouth

US – Aug 23, 1982

Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis, South Yarmouth

The Clash with Pulsallama

US – Aug 21, 1982

Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis, South Yarmouth

US – Aug 20, 1982

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

US – Aug 19, 1982

Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh

US – Aug 18, 1982

Akron Civic Theatre, Akron

US – Aug 17, 1982

Grand Circus, Detroit

US – Aug 16, 1982

Civic Center, Grand Rapids

US – Aug 14, 1982

The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

US – Aug 13, 1982

The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

US – Aug 12, 1982

Mayo Civic Centre, Twin Cities

US – Aug 11, 1982

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver

US – Aug  9, 1982

Locarno, Bristol

GB – Aug  3, 1982

Locarno, Bristol

GB – Aug  2, 1982

Brighton Centre, Brighton

GB – Jul 31, 1982

O2 Academy Brixton, London

GB – Jul 30, 1982

Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth

GB – Jul 28, 1982

Arts Centre, Bournemouth

GB – Jul 27, 1982

The Refectory, Leeds University, Leeds

GB – Jul 26, 1982

Ice Rink, Inverness

The Clash with APB

GB – Jul 24, 1982

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

The Clash with So You Want to Be a Cowboy

GB – Jul 23, 1982

Leisure Centre, Glasgow

GB – Jul 22, 1982

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

GB – Jul 20, 1982

Assembly Rooms, Derby

GB – Jul 19, 1982

Bingley Hall, Birmingham

GB – Jul 18, 1982

St George's Concert Hall, Bradford

GB – Jul 17, 1982

Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne

GB – Jul 15, 1982

Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne

GB – Jul 14, 1982

Victoria Hall, Stoke On Trent

GB – Jul 13, 1982

Hospital Sports Stadium, Milton Keynes

GB – Jul 12, 1982

O2 Academy Brixton, London

GB – Jul 11, 1982

O2 Academy Brixton, London

GB – Jul 10, 1982

Kinsmen Fieldhouse, Edmonton

The Clash with Harold Nix

CA – Jun 29, 1982

Max Bell Arena, Calgary

CA – Jun 28, 1982

Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver

CA – Jun 26, 1982

Civic Auditorium, SF Bay Area

US – Jun 23, 1982

Civic Auditorium, SF Bay Area

US – Jun 22, 1982

Santa Barbara Bowl, Los Angeles

The Clash with The English Beat

US – Jun 20, 1982

Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

The Clash with The English Beat

US – Jun 19, 1982

Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

The Clash with The English Beat

US – Jun 18, 1982

Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

The Clash with The English Beat

US – Jun 17, 1982

Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

The Clash with The English Beat

US – Jun 15, 1982

Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

The Clash with The English Beat

US – Jun 14, 1982

Mesa Community Center, Mesa

The Clash with The English Beat

US – Jun 13, 1982

Golden Hall, San Diego

The Clash with The English Beat

US – Jun 12, 1982

Civic Auditorium, SF Bay Area

US – Jun 10, 1982

Austin City Coliseum, Austin

US – Jun  9, 1982

Austin City Coliseum, Austin

The Clash and Stevie Ray Vaughan

US – Jun  8, 1982

Bronco Bowl, Dallas - Fort Worth

US – Jun  6, 1982

Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston

US – Jun  5, 1982

The Warehouse, New Orleans

US – Jun  4, 1982

Fox Theatre, Atlanta

US – Jun  2, 1982

Asbury Park Convention Hall, New York

US – May 31, 1982

Asbury Park Convention Hall, New York

US – May 30, 1982

Asbury Park Convention Hall, New York

US – May 29, 1982

Tuscon Activity Center, Tucson

US – May 26, 1982

El Paso Civic Center Theatre, El Paso

The Clash with The Little Charlie Sexton and The Eager Beaver Boys

US – May 25, 1982

Unknown venue, Omaha

US – May 23, 1982

Majestic Theatre, San Antonio

US – May 22, 1982

Unknown venue, Lochem

NL – May 20, 1982

Dallas Convention Center, Dallas - Fort Worth

US – May 19, 1982

Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo

US – May 18, 1982

Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne

GB – May  5, 1982

Down and out in Paris

In April 1982, on the eve of a UK tour to promote Combat Rock, Joe Strummer went missing. With the UK tour yet to sell out, manager Bernard Rhodes asked Joe to go AWOL as a publicity stunt to drum up ticket sales; instead, Strummer vanished entirely, secretly holing up in Paris where he grew a beard and ran the Paris Marathon incognito. With the UK tour cancelled and dates in the US looming, the band’s chief aide Kosmo Vinyl was tasked with tracking down the singer and persuading him to come back to London. Eventually, he found him in a bar, hailing the bearded Strummer with words, “Fidel!”

Thamasat University, Bangkok

TH – Feb 27, 1982

Unknown venue, Perth

AU – Feb 24, 1982

Festival Hall, Melbourne

AU – Feb 23, 1982

Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

AU – Feb 22, 1982

Cloudland Ballroom, Brisbane

AU – Feb 20, 1982

Capitol Theatre, Sydney

AU – Feb 18, 1982

Capitol Theatre, Sydney

AU – Feb 17, 1982

Capitol Theatre, Sydney

AU – Feb 16, 1982

Capitol Theatre, Sydney

AU – Feb 14, 1982

Capitol Theatre, Sydney

AU – Feb 13, 1982

Capitol Theatre, Sydney

AU – Feb 12, 1982

Town Hall, Christchurch

NZ – Feb  8, 1982

Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

NZ – Feb  6, 1982

Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

NZ – Feb  5, 1982

Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka

JP – Feb  2, 1982

Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo

JP – Feb  1, 1982

Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo

JP – Jan 30, 1982

Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo

JP – Jan 29, 1982

Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo

JP – Jan 28, 1982

Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo

JP – Jan 27, 1982

Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka

JP – Jan 25, 1982

Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo

JP – Jan 24, 1982

Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit

The Rolling Stones with Santana, Iggy Pop, and The Clash

US – Dec  1, 1981

The Clash meet the Beats

Back in New York in November 1981 to work on their next album, Combat Rock, The Clash hung out with the city’s art, film and music glitterati, including Andy Warhol, Robert De Niro and John Belushi, all of whom were big fans. At Strummer’s behest, the legendary Beat poet and Howl-author Allen Ginsberg also turned up at the studio with his friend Peter Orloffsky and contributed a spoken-word section to the track Ghetto Defendant, a song about heroin undermining political organisation in the ghetto. Ginsberg had researched the US punk scene and included references to “slam dance” and “the worm”.

Radio Clash becomes the first Brit hip hop record

During The Clash’s residency at Bond’s International Casino the group’s enthusiasm for rap, hip-hop, graffiti art and New York street culture in general reached fever pitch. Their first recording session after Bond’s, in London later that summer, saw them create This Is Radio Clash, a song conceived as a kind of pirate radio broadcast with a backing track drawing on a funk beat, synthesizers and Chic-style guitar, over which Strummer rapped a lyric referencing topical political issues in the US. The song, released as a single in November 1981, would gain the distinction of being the first ever British hip-hop record, coming on the heels of The Magnificent Seven’s pioneering use of rap the previous year.

Lyceum Theatre, London

The Clash with Havana Let's Go

GB – Oct 26, 1981

Lyceum Theatre, London

GB – Oct 25, 1981

Lyceum Theatre, London

GB – Oct 22, 1981

Lyceum Theatre, London

The Clash with Theatre of Hate

GB – Oct 21, 1981

Lyceum Theatre, London

GB – Oct 20, 1981

Lyceum Theatre, London

The Clash with The Meteors

GB – Oct 19, 1981

Lyceum Theatre, London

The Clash with Stimulin

GB – Oct 18, 1981

Colisseum, Saint Austell

GB – Oct 15, 1981

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

GB – Oct 12, 1981

The Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow

The Clash with Theatre of Hate

GB – Oct  8, 1981

The Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow

The Clash with Theatre of Hate

GB – Oct  7, 1981

Manchester Apollo, Manchester

GB – Oct  6, 1981

Manchester Apollo, Manchester

The Clash with Theatre of Hate

GB – Oct  5, 1981

Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna

AT – Oct  2, 1981

Theatre Mogador, Paris

FR – Sep 30, 1981

Theatre Mogador, Paris

FR – Sep 29, 1981

Theatre Mogador, Paris

FR – Sep 28, 1981

Theatre Mogador, Paris

FR – Sep 26, 1981

Theatre Mogador, Paris

FR – Sep 25, 1981

Theatre Mogador, Paris

FR – Sep 24, 1981

Theatre Mogador, Paris

FR – Sep 23, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

The Clash with Dead Kennedys, Hi-school Band, and The Brattles

US – Jun 13, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

US – Jun 12, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

US – Jun 11, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

US – Jun 10, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

The Clash with The Fall

US – Jun  9, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

US – Jun  8, 1981

First we take Manhattan

With Sandinista! making at impact in the US, it was decided that, rather than undertaking another long American tour, The Clash would play a week of dates in June and July 1981 in New York, at Bond’s International Casino in Times Square, following later in the year with similar week-long residencies in Paris and London. In typical Clash fashion, their arrival in New York triggered mayhem. After the first show, Bond’s was closed down by the Building Department as a fire hazard, in a move reportedly involving murky inter-club politics. This incited frustrated Clash fans to riot in Times Square the following day, the biggest public disorder in Times Square since Frank Sinatra fans ran wild in the 1940s. After negotiations, the capacity of the venue was reduced and the band had to stretch their residency to two weeks, with specially chosen support acts the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash showcasing hip-hop to a largely white rock audience for the first time.

Bonds Times Square, New York

The Clash with The Brattles and Funkopolitin

US – Jun  6, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

US – Jun  5, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

The Clash with The Bloods Opened and the Bush Tetras.

US – Jun  4, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

The Clash with The Treacherous Three

US – Jun  3, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

The Clash with Bad Brains and The Slits

US – Jun  2, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

US – Jun  1, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

US – May 31, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

US – May 29, 1981

Bonds Times Square, New York

The Clash with Sirens, Grandmaster Flash, and The furious five

US – May 28, 1981

The Bullring, Milan

IT – May 26, 1981

Stadio Comunale, Florence

IT – May 23, 1981

Unknown venue, San Remo

IT – May 22, 1981

Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan

IT – May 21, 1981

Circus Krone, Munich

DE – May 19, 1981

Eissporthalle, Berlin

DE – May 18, 1981

Eissporthalle, Berlin

DE – May 17, 1981

Isstadion, Stockholm

SE – May 16, 1981

Scandinavium, Gothenburg

SE – May 15, 1981

Idrottshuset, Copenhagen

DK – May 14, 1981

Musikhalle, Hamburg

DE – May 12, 1981

Forest National, Brussels

The Clash with The Belle Stars, Vic Goddard, and Subway Sect

BE – May 11, 1981

Japp Edenhall, Amsterdam

The Clash with The Belle Stars

NL – May 10, 1981

Palais Saint Sauveur, Lille

The Clash with The Belle Stars

FR – May  9, 1981

Hippodrome De Pantin, Paris

FR – May  8, 1981

Unknown venue, Zürich

CH – May  7, 1981

Palais De Beaulieu, Lausanne

CH – May  6, 1981

Palais Des Sports, Lyon

FR – May  5, 1981

Unknown venue, Bordeaux

FR – May  4, 1981

Velodromo Anoeta, San Sebastián

ES – May  2, 1981

Unknown venue, Lisbon

PT – May  1, 1981

Unknown venue, Cascais

PT – Apr 30, 1981

Real Madrid Basketball Stadium, Madrid

ES – Apr 28, 1981

Unknown venue, Barcelona

ES – Apr 27, 1981

Triple agents

Such was The Clash’s creative drive and energy that, just nine months after the double-album London Calling had been released, the band had already amassed enough material in 1980 to put out a triple LP. Tracks had been recorded in Jamaica, New York and London, and took in styles as diverse as rap, rockabilly, dub, jazz and Tamla-Motown. When their record company, CBS, was informed that they wanted to release six sides of vinyl they were horrified; but The Clash dug their heels in, and a deal was eventually struck whereby the record would appear as The Clash desired it but they would forgo royalties from the first 200,000 copies sold in the UK. The title Sandinista! was inspired by the name for the left-wing rebel group in Nicaragua, appeared in December 1980 and has now become recognised as one of their great artistic statements.

Celluloid heroes

In 1980, The Clash starred in their own film, Rude Boy, following the life of a fictitious roadie, played by a fan called Ray Gange. The movie had little in common with the wacky cinematic adventures of ‘60s pop groups like The Beatles and The Monkees; instead, it showed the chaos and violence surrounding The Clash’s gigs in the punk era, with exhilarating virile footage of them performing live, hanging around on tour and arriving at court to answer charges for an incident involving Headon and Simonon shooting racing pigeons with an air rifle. The film director, David Mingay, also weaved in a gritty subplot about a young black youth in London falling foul of racist police attitudes.

Laugardalshollin, Reykjavík

IS – Jun 21, 1980

Victoria Hall, Stoke On Trent

GB – Jun 18, 1980

Hammersmith Palais, London

The Clash with Spartacus, Holi and the Italians, and Whirlwind

GB – Jun 17, 1980

Hammersmith Palais, London

The Clash with Spartacus, Holli and the Italians, and Whirlwind

GB – Jun 16, 1980

Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle Upon Tyne

GB – Jun 12, 1980

Colston Hall, Bristol

GB – Jun 11, 1980

Colston Hall, Bristol

GB – Jun 10, 1980

Assembly Rooms, Derby

The Clash with ANTI PASTI

GB – Jun  9, 1980

Parco Ruffini, Turin

IT – Jun  3, 1980

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

IT – Jun  1, 1980

Escape from Dodge City

The Clash flew to Kingston, Jamaica in 1980, to record at Channel One studios with reggae artist Mikey Dread – who’d been supporting them on tour - at the controls. At the time, tensions were at their height in JA and political killings widespread. The studio was in a ghetto area, and group and producer encountered demands for money from locals unused to white groups recording there. After several days, Dread deemed it too risky to stay, and The Clash – then still “on strike” from their record company, living off Paul Simonon’s girlfriend’s credit card, packed up and left, with great recordings of Junco Partner in the bag.

Theatre de Verdure, Nice

FR – May 30, 1980

Palais D'Hiver, Lyon

FR – May 29, 1980

Hall Tivoli, Strasbourg

FR – May 28, 1980

Palais Des Sports, Paris

FR – May 27, 1980

Unknown venue, Cambrai

FR – May 26, 1980

Scandinavium, Gothenburg

SE – May 24, 1980

Eriksdalshallen, Stockholm

SE – May 23, 1980

Olypen, Lund

SE – May 22, 1980

Château Neuf, Oslo

NO – May 21, 1980

Markthalle, Hamburg

DE – May 20, 1980

Markthalle, Hamburg

DE – May 19, 1980

Philipshalle, Düsseldorf

DE – May 18, 1980

Wartburg, Wiesbaden

DE – May 16, 1980

Oberlaa, Vienna

AT – May 15, 1980

Schwabinger Brau, Munich

DE – May 14, 1980

Huxley's Neue Welt, Berlin

DE – May 13, 1980

Markthalle, Hamburg

DE – May 12, 1980

The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles

US – Apr 27, 1980

Pioneering rap attack

In April 1980, The Clash booked into a New York studio without any new songs to record. But inspired by the city’s exciting new rap scene, headed by the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash, the group set about creating the funky Magnificent Seven – which became the first ever rap record made by a British act. When it was released a year later, Mick Jones’ remix of the track, The Magnificent Dance, became a big hit on the black radio station WBLS in New York, and a subsequently huge influence on dance music.

Motor City Roller Rink, Detroit

The Clash with Mikey Dread and Lee Dorsey

US – Mar 10, 1980

Orpheum Theatre, Boston / Cambridge

US – Mar  9, 1980

Capitol Theatre, Newark

US – Mar  8, 1980

The Palladium, New York

US – Mar  7, 1980

Tower Theatre, Philadelphia

US – Mar  6, 1980

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles

US – Mar  4, 1980

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles

US – Mar  3, 1980

The Warfield, SF Bay Area

US – Mar  2, 1980

The Warfield, SF Bay Area

US – Mar  1, 1980

Mile End Liberty Theatre, London

GB – Feb 23, 1980

Liberty Theatre, Balham

GB – Feb 22, 1980

Lewisham Odeon, London

The Clash with Joe Ely and Mikey Dread

GB – Feb 18, 1980

Lyceum Theatre, London

The Clash with Joe Ely and The Vincent Units

GB – Feb 17, 1980

Electric Ballroom, London

The Clash with Joe Ely and The Vincent Units

GB – Feb 16, 1980

Electric Ballroom, London

The Clash with Joe Ely and The Vincent Units

GB – Feb 15, 1980

Top Rank, Southampton

The Clash and Joe Ely with Mikey Dread

GB – Feb 13, 1980

Stateside, Bournemouth

The Clash with Mikey Dread and Joe Ely

GB – Feb 12, 1980

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

The Clash with The Xcerts

GB – Feb 11, 1980

Wessex Hall, Bournemouth

GB – Feb 10, 1980

Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth

GB – Feb  9, 1980

Tiffany's, Coventry

GB – Feb  7, 1980

Top Rank, Birmingham

GB – Feb  6, 1980

Top Rank, Birmingham

GB – Feb  5, 1980

Manchester Apollo, Manchester

GB – Feb  4, 1980

Manchester Apollo, Manchester

GB – Feb  3, 1980

Victoria Hall, Stoke On Trent

GB – Feb  1, 1980

The Refectory, Leeds University, Leeds

GB – Jan 31, 1980

Royal Spa, Hull

The Clash with The Akrylics

GB – Jan 30, 1980

St George's Concert Hall, Bradford

GB – Jan 29, 1980

Top Rank, Sheffield

GB – Jan 27, 1980

Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry

The Clash with Mikey Dread and The Jiving Daleks

GB – Jan 26, 1980

King Georges Hall, Blackburn

The Clash with Not Sensibles

GB – Jan 25, 1980

Tiffany's, Blackpool

GB – Jan 24, 1980

University, Blackpool

GB – Jan 23, 1980

The Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow

The Clash with Limit, One Takes, and Mickey Dredd

GB – Jan 22, 1980

The Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow

GB – Jan 21, 1980

Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh

GB – Jan 20, 1980

Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh

GB – Jan 19, 1980

Caird Hall, Dundee

GB – Jan 18, 1980

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

GB – Jan 16, 1980

Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich

GB – Jan 14, 1980

The Pavilion, Brighton

GB – Jan 12, 1980

Crawley Leisure Centre, Brighton

The Clash with Escalators and Prince Hammer

GB – Jan 11, 1980

Top Rank, Brighton

The Clash with Gillinski Brothers, Prince Hammer, and Creation Rebels

GB – Jan  9, 1980

Top Rank, Brighton

The Clash with Gillinski Brothers, Prince Hammer, and Creation Rebels

GB – Jan  8, 1980

The Odeon, Southend On Sea

The Clash with Tradition

GB – Jan  6, 1980

Aylesbury Civic Centre (Friars), Milton Keynes

The Clash with Ian Dury and The Vice Creems

GB – Jan  5, 1980

The Clash on strike…

In 1980, while on tour in the UK with reggae artist Mikey Dread, The Clash recorded Bankrobber, a track with a heavy Jamaican vibe that they wanted to release straight away as a single. Their record label, however, thought it sounded “like David Bowie backwards”, and wanted instead to issue another song taken from London Calling. The group elected to follow the example of British miners and power workers and go on strike in protest; thus nothing by them was released in Britain until August 1980 – when Dutch import copies of Bankrobber were selling so well that CBS final relented and put the record out. It reached Number 12, becoming their second biggest hit to that date.

HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

Ian Dury & The Blockheads and The Clash with Mutumbi

GB – Dec 27, 1979

The greatest-ever rock photograph

The cover of The Clash’s London Calling album, released in 1979, featured a photograph of Paul Simonon smashing up his bass guitar onstage at the New York Palladium. The shot was taken by Pennie Smith, whose portraits of the group have also appeared on the cover of the Clash LP Sandinista! (1980) and Combat Rock (1982). It has been voted by Q magazine and others as the greatest rock photograph ever taken. The pink and green lettering on London Calling’s sleeve, meanwhile, was homage to Elvis Presley’s first LP.

Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver

CA – Oct 16, 1979

Paramount Northwest, Seattle

US – Oct 15, 1979

Kezar Pavilion, SF Bay Area

The Clash and The Cramps

US – Oct 13, 1979

Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

The Clash and Joe Ely

US – Oct 11, 1979

Unknown venue, San Diego

US – Oct 10, 1979

Rocks Club, Lubbock

Joe Ely and The Clash

US – Oct  7, 1979

The Palladium Ballroom, Dallas - Fort Worth

The Clash and Joe Ely

US – Oct  6, 1979

Cullen Auditorium, Houston

Joe Ely and The Clash

US – Oct  5, 1979

Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin

Joe Ely and The Clash

US – Oct  4, 1979

Agora Ballroom, Atlanta

US – Oct  2, 1979

Ritchie Colisseum, Washington

US – Sep 29, 1979

Clark University, Worcester

US – Sep 28, 1979

O'Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

CA – Sep 26, 1979

Théatre St-Denis, Montreal

The Clash with The 'b' Girls and The Undertones

CA – Sep 25, 1979

The Palladium, New York

US – Sep 21, 1979

The Palladium, New York

US – Sep 20, 1979

Orpheum Theatre, Boston / Cambridge

US – Sep 19, 1979

Unknown venue, Cleveland

US – Sep 18, 1979

Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit

The Clash with The Undertones and David Johansen

US – Sep 17, 1979

The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

US – Sep 14, 1979

Civic Centre, Twin Cities

US – Sep 12, 1979

Unknown venue, Turku

Ruisrock 1979

FI – Aug  4, 1979

Rainbow Theatre, London

The Clash with Aswad, The Members, Enchanters, and 1 more…

GB – Jul 14, 1979

Notre Dame Hall, London

GB – Jul  6, 1979

Notre Dame Hall, London

The Clash with Mo-Dettes

GB – Jul  5, 1979

Peppermint Lounge, New York

US – Jun 21, 1979

Rex Danforth Theatre, Toronto

CA – Feb 20, 1979

The Palladium, New York

US – Feb 17, 1979

Harvard Square Theatre, Boston / Cambridge

US – Feb 16, 1979

Ontario Theatre, Washington

The Clash with Bo Diddley and D-ceats

US – Feb 15, 1979

Agora Theatre & Ballroom, Cleveland

US – Feb 13, 1979

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles

The Clash with Bo Diddley

US – Feb  9, 1979

Temple, SF Bay Area

US – Feb  8, 1979

Coming To America…

The band toured the US for the first time in February 1979, taking along as support Bo Diddley, one of the greatest pioneers of American rhythm & blues and a Clash hero. By then, their first album had reportedly sold 100,000 copies on import. The six-shows were billed as the ‘Pearl Harbour’ tour, and the group pulled no punches by opening their sets with the song I’m So Bored With The USA. The American audiences fell in love with them - and The Clash fell in love with America.

Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver

CA – Jan 31, 1979

Lyceum Theatre, London

The Clash and The Slits

GB – Jan  3, 1979

Lyceum Theatre, London

GB – Dec 29, 1978

Lyceum Theatre, London

The Clash with The Slits and Innocents

GB – Dec 28, 1978

Pier Pavilion, Brighton

GB – Dec 21, 1978

The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

GB – Dec 20, 1978

Music Machine, London

The Clash with The Slits, Phil Rambow and Friends., and Innocents

GB – Dec 19, 1978

Tiffany's, Purley

The Clash with The Slits

GB – Dec 18, 1978

Locarno, Portsmouth

GB – Dec 17, 1978

Bath Pavilion, Bath

GB – Dec 12, 1978

Liverpool University Guild of Students (Mountford Hall & Stanley Theatre), Liverpool

GB – Dec  6, 1978

Polytechnic, Newcastle Upon Tyne

GB – Dec  2, 1978

Wirrina Stadium, Peterborough

The Clash with The Slits

GB – Nov 30, 1978

Victoria Hall, Stoke On Trent

GB – Nov 29, 1978

Tiffany's, Coventry

GB – Nov 28, 1978

Top Rank, Cardiff

GB – Nov 26, 1978

Kings Hall, Derby

The Clash with Innocents and The Slits

GB – Nov 24, 1978

Manchester Apollo, Manchester

GB – Nov 23, 1978

Village Bowl, Bournemouth

The Clash with The Slits

GB – Nov 22, 1978

Locarno, Bristol

The Clash with Innocents and The Slits

GB – Nov 21, 1978

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

The Clash with Innocents and The Slits

GB – Nov 20, 1978

Top Rank, Sheffield

The Clash with Innocents and The Slits

GB – Nov 19, 1978

The Refectory, Leeds University, Leeds

The Clash with Innocents and The Slits

GB – Nov 18, 1978

Town Hall, Middlesbrough

GB – Nov 17, 1978

Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh

GB – Nov 16, 1978

Belle Vue, Manchester

GB – Nov 15, 1978

Roxy Theatre, Harlesden, London

GB – Oct 26, 1978

Roxy Theatre, Harlesden

GB – Oct 25, 1978

Paradiso, Amsterdam

The Clash and Dire Straits

NL – Oct 23, 1978

Ancienne Belgique, Brussels

BE – Oct 22, 1978

Stokvishal, Arnhem

NL – Oct 20, 1978

Le Stadium, Paris

FR – Oct 16, 1978

Top Hat, Dun Laoghaire

The Clash with Berlin

IE – Oct 14, 1978

University SU, Queens Hall, Belfast

GB – Oct 13, 1978

Music Machine, London

The Clash with Suicide, The Specials, and Innocents

GB – Jul 27, 1978

Music Machine, London

The Clash with Suicide and The Specials

GB – Jul 26, 1978

Music Machine, London

The Clash with Suicide, Burning Cane, The Specials, and 1 more…

GB – Jul 25, 1978

Music Machine, London

The Clash with Suicide and The Specials

GB – Jul 24, 1978

Eric's, Liverpool

The Clash with The Specials

GB – Jul 22, 1978

The Corn Exchange| Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

The Clash with Suicide and The Specials

GB – Jul 14, 1978

King Georges Hall, Blackburn

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul 13, 1978

Top Rank, Birmingham

The Clash with Suicide, Coventry Automatics, and Spizz 77

GB – Jul 12, 1978

Top Rank, Cardiff

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul 11, 1978

Town Hall, Exeter

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul 10, 1978

Locarno, Bristol

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul  9, 1978

Sports Centre, Brighton

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul  8, 1978

Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul  7, 1978

Kinema Ballroom, Edinburgh

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul  6, 1978

Music Hall, Aberdeen

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul  5, 1978

The Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul  4, 1978

Rafters, Manchester

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul  3, 1978

Manchester Apollo, Manchester

The Clash with Suicide

GB – Jul  2, 1978

Granby Halls, Leicester

The Clash with Suicide and The Coventry Specials

GB – Jul  1, 1978

Top Rank, Sheffield

GB – Jun 30, 1978

Queens Hall, Leeds

GB – Jun 29, 1978

Aylesbury Civic Centre (Friars), Milton Keynes

GB – Jun 28, 1978

Victoria Park, London

Rock Against Racism 1978: Tom Robinson Band and The Clash with X-ray Spex, Steel Pulse, and 1 more…

GB – Apr 30, 1978

The Clash spread their anti-racist message

In the late 1970s the East End of London was a breeding ground for far-right organisations targeting immigrant communities in what has historically been a poor part of the capital. In March 1978, The Clash took their anti-racist message into the heart of the area when they performed at an Anti-Nazi League rally at Victoria Park in Hackney, with Tom Robinson, X-Ray Spex and reggae band Steel Pulse also on the bill. Around 70,000 people attended the free gathering, and the band’s explosive performance was filmed for The Clash film Rude Boy.

Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry

GB – Jan 26, 1978

Queensway Hall, Luton

GB – Jan 25, 1978

Barbarella's, Birmingham

GB – Jan 24, 1978

McMordie Hall, Queens University Students Union, Belfast

GB – Dec 20, 1977

McMordie Hall, Queens University Students Union, Belfast

GB – Dec 19, 1977

Rainbow Theatre, London

The Clash with Sham 69, Drunk 'n' Disorderly, and Lous

GB – Dec 15, 1977

Rainbow Theatre, London

The Clash with Drunk 'n' Disorderly, Sham 69, and Lous

GB – Dec 14, 1977

Rainbow Theatre, London

The Clash with The Zones, Sham 69 Rat Scabies, and Sham 69

GB – Dec 13, 1977

The Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow

GB – Dec 11, 1977

Belle Vue, Manchester

The Clash with Siouxsie & The Banshees

GB – Nov 15, 1977

Top Rank, Southampton

GB – Nov 13, 1977

Pier Pavilion, Brighton

The Clash with Richard Hell & The Voidoids and Lous

GB – Nov 12, 1977

Corn Exchange Cambridge, Cambridge

GB – Nov 11, 1977

Exhibition Centre, Bristol

GB – Nov 10, 1977

Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

The Clash with Richard Hell & The Voidoids and Lous

GB – Nov  9, 1977

Tiffany's, Coventry

GB – Nov  8, 1977

Top Rank, Birmingham

GB – Nov  7, 1977

Market Hall, Carlisle

GB – Nov  6, 1977

Exhibition Centre, Bristol

The Clash with Richard Hell & The Voidoids

GB – Nov  5, 1977

Cardiff University, Cardiff

GB – Nov  4, 1977

Kings Hall, Derby

GB – Nov  3, 1977

Bradford University, Bradford

GB – Nov  2, 1977

Top Rank, Sheffield

The Clash with Richard Hell & The Voidoids and Lous

GB – Nov  1, 1977

Welcome to Jamaica…

While it would later become fashionable for groups to record in the idyllic Caribbean island of Nassau, in November 1977 Joe Strummer and Mick Jones flew to volatile Jamaica to find inspiration for songs for a second album. The home of ska and reggae was an extremely dangerous place, riven by political violence, and Joe and Mick spent most of the time in their hotel room. The song Safe European Home on 1978’s Give ‘Em Enough Rope album told the story of the trip.

Victoria Hall, Stoke On Trent

GB – Oct 30, 1977

Manchester Apollo, Manchester

The Clash with Louis

GB – Oct 29, 1977

Polytechnic, Newcastle Upon Tyne

GB – Oct 28, 1977

The Refectory, Leeds University, Leeds

GB – Oct 27, 1977

Clouds, Edinburgh

GB – Oct 26, 1977

The Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow

GB – Oct 25, 1977

Kinema Ballroom, Edinburgh

The Clash with The Skids, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and Lous

GB – Oct 24, 1977

Eric's, Liverpool

The Clash with The Toilets

GB – Oct 22, 1977

Trinity College, Dublin

The Clash with The Count Bishops

IE – Oct 21, 1977

Unknown venue, Ronneby

SE – Oct  8, 1977

Dads, Malmö

SE – Oct  7, 1977

Winterhuder Fährhaus, Hamburg

DE – Oct  6, 1977

Volksbildungsheim, Frankfurt

DE – Oct  5, 1977

Unknown venue, Munich

DE – Oct  4, 1977

Porrhaus, Vienna

AT – Oct  2, 1977

Kaufleuten, Zürich

The Clash and The Damned

CH – Oct  1, 1977

Salle Des Fetes De Tinqueux, Reims

FR – Sep 30, 1977

Le Bataclan, Paris

FR – Sep 29, 1977

Paradiso, Amsterdam

The Clash and Siouxsie & The Banshees

NL – Sep 26, 1977

Birmingham Rag Market, Birmingham

The Clash with The Saints, Cherry Vanilla, The Slits, and 5 more…

GB – Jul 17, 1977

Gröna Lund Tivoli, Stockholm

SE – Jun 14, 1977

California Ballroom, Luton

GB – May 30, 1977

Chancellor Hall, Chelmsford

GB – May 29, 1977

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

The Clash with Buzzcocks, The Slits, and Subway Sect

GB – May 28, 1977

West Runton Pavilion, West Runton

GB – May 27, 1977

Colston Hall, Bristol

GB – May 26, 1977

Sussex University, Brighton

GB – May 25, 1977

Top Rank, Cardiff

GB – May 24, 1977

Top Of The World, Wolverhampton

GB – May 23, 1977

City Hall, St. Albans

The Clash with Buzzcocks and The Slits

GB – May 21, 1977

Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

GB – May 20, 1977

Rock Garden, Middlesbrough

GB – May 19, 1977

Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds

GB – May 17, 1977

Swansea University, Swansea

GB – May 16, 1977

Fiesta Suite, Plymouth

GB – May 15, 1977

Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

NL – May 14, 1977

De Montfort University, Leicester

GB – May 13, 1977

Palais, Nottingham

GB – May 12, 1977

Stourbridge Town Hall, Dudley

GB – May 10, 1977

Rainbow Theatre, London

The Clash with The Jam, Buzzcocks, Subway Sect, and 1 more…

GB – May  9, 1977

Electric Circus, Manchester

GB – May  8, 1977

University, Aberdeen

GB – May  6, 1977

Eric's, Liverpool

GB – May  5, 1977

The Affair, Swindon

GB – May  4, 1977

Barbarella's, Birmingham

GB – May  3, 1977

Rascal's Club, Liverpool

GB – May  2, 1977

Guilford Civic Hall, Guilford

GB – May  1, 1977

Le Chartreux Cinema, Rouen

FR – Apr 26, 1977

Roundhouse, London

John Cale with The Clash, Subway Sect, and The Boys

GB – Apr 10, 1977

The Clash take punk to the nation

To coincide with the release of their self-titled debut album, the group set off on the White Riot tour, giving many UK town and cities their first taste of punk rock and The Clash’s own brand of mayhem. Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were charged with stealing items from a hotel in Newcastle, while at the Rainbow Theatre in north London the audience rioted, smashing up around 200 seats and throwing debris on the stage.

The reggae connection

When The Clash were recording their debut album in February 1977, they were asked to come up with an extra track to increase the overall running time. As big reggae fans, their answer was to cover Police & Thieves, a contemporary club hit by Jamaican singer Junior Murvin. The Clash gave the song their own edgy rock makeover, a move that kick-started punk’s lasting connection with militant black music, and opened up the band’s music to a strong reggae influence.

Colisseum, Harlesden

GB – Mar 11, 1977

Roxy, Covent Garden, London

The Clash with Rob Harper

GB – Jan  1, 1977

Woods Centre, Plymouth

Sex Pistols and The Clash

GB – Dec 22, 1976

Woods Centre, Plymouth

Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Damned

GB – Dec 21, 1976

Winter Gardens, Hull

Sex Pistols and The Clash

GB – Dec 20, 1976

Electric Circus, Manchester

Sex Pistols and The Clash

GB – Dec 19, 1976

Cinema, Caerphilly

GB – Dec 14, 1976

Electric Circus, Manchester

Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, The Clash, and Heartbreakers

GB – Dec  9, 1976

Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds

Sex Pistols, The Damned, and The Clash with Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers

GB – Dec  6, 1976

Punks versus Teddy Boys

London in the late 1970s was teeming with youth factions - punks, skinheads, Mods, Teddy Boys, rockers - whose tribal rivalries erupted into violence on the streets and at gigs. The Clash were involved in the first major showdown between punks and Teds in October 1976 when they supported rockabilly singer Shakin’ Stevens (later a chart hitmaker with Green Door) at the University of London Union. The Clash fought with Teds and had to barricade themselves in their dressing room after the gig, with Mick Jones ending up with a cut nose in the fracas.

Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry

GB – Nov 29, 1976

Nags Head, Reading

GB – Nov 18, 1976

Lacy Lady, London

GB – Nov 11, 1976

Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry

GB – Nov  6, 1976

Royal College Of Art, London

GB – Nov  5, 1976

Town Hall, London

GB – Oct 29, 1976

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

The Clash with Subway Sect

GB – Oct 28, 1976

Barbarella's, Birmingham

GB – Oct 27, 1976

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London

GB – Oct 23, 1976

University of London Union (ULU), London

Shakin' Stevens with The Clash

GB – Oct 16, 1976

Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, Leighton Buzzard

The Clash with Leyton Buzzard and Rockets

GB – Oct  9, 1976

100 Club, London

Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Siouxsie & The Banshees

GB – Sep 20, 1976

Roundhouse, London

Keith Levene and The Clash

GB – Sep  5, 1976

I wanna riot!

On 31 August 1976 band members Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon, then living in squats nearby, joined the rioting in Notting Hill, West London, when hundreds of black youths fought with police after a long summer of simmering tensions fuelled by overtly racist policing. The events of that day inspired the group to write the song White Riot, which helped to define the group’s radical and provocative political agenda, and in March 1977 became their debut single.

100 Club, London

Sex Pistols with The Clash

GB – Aug 31, 1976

Screen On The Green, London

GB – Aug 29, 1976

Black Swan, Sheffield

Sex Pistols, Keith Levene, and The Clash

GB – Jul  4, 1976