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Japan: 1982 – the band toured Japan in January/February 1982, so this set may have been released around that time.

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Source for discs 1&2: Audience recording (incomplete) from the London, Lyceum – 19 October 1981

6572A:  Know Your Rights / Guns Of Brixton / Train In Vain / White Man     
6572B:  The Magnificent Seven / Clash City Rockers / Koka Kola / Ivan Meets GI Joe / Junco Partner     
6573A:  The Leader / I Fought The Law / Ghetto Defendant / Graffiti Rap         
6573B:  Somebody Got Murdered / London Calling / Clampdown / Radio Clash

This is the corrected set list. The changed song titles based on what was deciphered make it clear that UD were not big Clash fans.

Confirmed missing following ‘Radio Clash’ are ‘Bankrobber’, ‘Complete Control’, ‘Lightning Strikes’, ‘Charlie Don’t Surf’ and ‘Spanish Bombs’; perhaps more.

B+/B quality with an ‘Exs’ rating in HOTWAX.

 

Following the release of their Sandinista triple album and sandwiched between two European tours, the Clash decided to play three residencies spread among New York, Paris and London.

My favourite moment in Clash history. Second night of the Magnificent Seven at the Lyceum, Oct 19th 1981. My first Clash gig. Very defining. I heard from fans who’d been there the night before who raved about the gig: a two hour forty minute concert with a forty minute encore. I met the band as they turned up in the alley I was hanging around waiting for the doors to open.
The show did not disappoint with Joe et al performing a show that went…two hours and forty minutes! Futura 2000 painted the backdrop during the concert and then when he took the mic, Joe had to stop the gig because the punks were gobbing on the rapper.
I sang the entire concert, almost blew my eardrums by standing up front by the speaker bank, and took the week off work with laryngitis!
I clung to the £1 poster for the duration of their set and it’s now been around the world with me. I also have the ticket stub and somewhere there’s a badge from the concert. The Meteors were the support act. Best concert ever. Nothing has come close for me in thirty-two years.” – Simon

 

 

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Source: Incomplete audience recording from Bond International Casino, New York – 10 June, 1981 – the 12th show (out of 17) of their NY residency.

6574A:    The Call Up / Bankrobber / Complete Control / Lightning Strikes / Charlie Don’t Surf / Spanish Bomb     
6574B:    Midnight / I Don’t Like / One More Time / Brand New Cadillac / Janie Jones / Amagideon Time / London’s Burning / White Riot

HOTWACKS rating “Vgm”

Original set list:

01 London Calling
02 Safe European Home
03 The Leader
04 Train In Vain
05 White Man in Hammersmith Palais
06 This Is Radio Clash
07 Spanish Bombs
08 The Guns of Brixton
09 The Call Up
10 Bankrobber
11 Complete Control
12 Lightning Strikes
13 Ivan Meets GI Joe
14 Charlie Don’t Surf
15 The Magnificent Seven
16 Broadway
17 Somebody Got Murdered
18 Police and Thieves
19 Clampdown
20 Capital Air (with Allen Ginsberg)
21 One More Time
22 Brand New Cadillac
23 Washington Bullets
24 Janie Jones
25 Armagideon Time
26 London’s Burning
27 White Riot

Whatever was bugging Joe Strummer so evidently on the night before when the pro-recordings were made had been resolved by the time he took the stage on the 10th. The result was a superior performance, one of the best Bonds shows and while the 9th show somewhat fizzled out with only one encore which ended with Washington Bullets, tonight there’s two excellent encores ending with a manic White Riot. Thankfully one of the best Bonds audience recordings captured the concert in its entirety making this one of the best Bonds bootlegs to own.

 

 

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Announcing the original dates. Matinee and evening shows were scheduled, with tickets costing $5 and $10 respectively and sold via the venue and Ticketron. When the authorities stepped in, only those holding Ticketron tickets were allowed inside and the rest had to attend a newly arranged date. The poster, sold at the gigs for a couple of $’s or obtained for free in other ways, is now worth some serious money.

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So, what went wrong?

City Shuts Bonds Disco; Clash Show Is Canceled

By United Press International
Published: May 31, 1981

A performance of the punk-rock group the Clash was canceled yesterday following an order to close the crowded Bonds Disco on Times Square, where it was to have taken place.

Hundreds of angry fans were cleared off 45th Street by mounted police officers after it was announced that the London-based group would not perform its scheduled 1 P.M. show.

”Hell, no! We won’t go!” chanted the fans, some of whom had waited in line since 3 A.M.

It took about 20 minutes to disperse the angry group of 800 fans. No arrests were reported. The show was canceled after the city Buildings Department issued an order requiring the disco to shut down because of a problem over exits.

Joel Heller, the disco’s manager, said two June matinees had been arranged for the fans who were to have attended the afternoon show yesterday.

Bond’s, a former clothing store at 1526 Broadway, was closed early by fire officials Thursday night after inspectors reported that they had counted more than 3,600 people jammed into the club. Each customer had paid $10 to see the Clash. The club can legally accommodate only 1,800 people.

Angry ticket holders rioted outside, filling the streets of Times Square, stopping traffic and drawing dozens of police officers to quell the rage. One website claims Times Square hadn’t seen that much commotion since V-J Day. The story made international news the next day.

Cream says, There s confusion over the numbers game, and inside it’s a sardine sauna. Fire marshalls count 3600 heads leaving the club in what has been a testy evening. Support acts suffered, being booed and hissed by the diehard fans impatient for the arrival of their heroes.”

 

 

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The band’s official website states “… in a move reportedly involving murky inter-club politics”. Based on what the poster below indicates, ticket holders were turned away from the first (or 2nd performance – if there was a matinee as well). “On the way out the fire department were counting the number of people leaving the building.” and quickly found out how many tickets had actually been sold.

 

Bond’s had recently branched out from disco dancing into rock shows, with the Ramones, Blondie and the Plasmatics performing there but nobody had attempted a whole series of concerts at Bond’s with enough ticket sales to fill Madison Square Garden twice. 

A more cynical pint of view: “It was partially a public relations stunt, since they knew the mad scramble for tickets would make for great press. These were their only American dates of the year, and demand outstripped supply by a huge margin. Fans slept in the streets to score tickets, and that was no fun task in Times Square in 1981.

I only found this comment from a member of the Clash themselves:They sold the same number of tickets for a gig that happened the night before with a group called the Plasmatics,” bassist Paul Simonon said. “And they blew up a car on stage!”

The Clash shows at Bonds in New York were the height of classic Clash selfpromotion. Well in my eyes at least. Like Joe disappearing before concert tours, or Topper s in Topper s out. How exactly does one over sell tickets to a show. You know the occupancy level of a venue, it s a finite number. You sell X many tickets per show. How hard can that be? But not Bonds. Not this time. There were so many people packed into Bonds in the first days, the city closed down the May 30th show. The munificent and magnificent Clash said we ll just play more shows. Isn t it amazing that Bonds had nothing else booked for the days those 17 shows were on? Hmmm. Nor the Clash? Hmmm.” [www.go2jo.com/music/the-clash-bonds-nyc-1981/#ixzz3uwCtd0Go] Definitely visit Joe Streno’s blog for his great photos and commentary.

 

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CLASH MELEE POINTS UP DANGER OF OVERSELLING

By Robert Palmer
Published: June 3, 1981

The Clash concerts at the Bond’s International Casino, West 45th Street and Broadway, have been causing quite a stir, and not because of the British rock band’s political lyrics and incendiary performing style. Bond’s was closed by the city Department of Buildings on Saturday after the Clash played to a crowd estimated at 3,640 people; the club’s legal capacity is 1,800.

But after the club complied with building inspectors by installing fire-exit signs and making other minor alterations, it was allowed to reopen – on the condition that audiences not exceed the legal limit.

The Clash agreed to play six extra performances to accommodate ticket-holders who were turned away from this week’s performances. The reason ticket-holders are being asked to attend the added performances is that the Clash’s engagement was dramatically oversold. Anyone who has attended rock shows in large clubs like Bond’s and the Ritz knows that overselling is nothing new. Other Incidents

One downtown club that is closed oversold an engagement by Chuck Berry so heavily last year that the entire block in front of it was packed by angry ticket-holders who were unable to gain admission.

The Fire Department arrived and demanded that the crowd from the first show be cleared out. The second show finally got under way at around 5 A.M.

More recently, a show by Adam and the Ants at the Ritz found the club jammed and a large number of people pressed together outside, hoping to get in.

In a related incident, a full house at the Ritz began throwing bottles at the club’s video screen two weeks ago when the British band Public Image Ltd. performed behind the screen, refused to come out from behind it, and taunted the audience. Several fans then stormed the stage, ripping down the screen and destroying equipment. There was a moment of near-panic on the crowded dance floor, though apparently no one was hurt.

As more and more rock groups choose to play large clubs like Bond’s and the Ritz, which have open dance floors rather than the reserved seats found in theaters and sports arenas, incidents like these can only multiply. All nightclubs are limited in capacity by the Fire Department, but in the past, these limits have been widely ignored. They should not be. Possibility of Legislation

If rock shows at large clubs result in more trouble, and especially if there are injuries, legislation governing ticketing, security and other rock-club procedures might well result.

Such legislation would undoubtedly make it more difficult for rock clubs and independent promoters to hold their own in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The options seem clear. If the city’s rock clubs do not do a better job of regulating themselves, someone else is going to step in.

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Recommended websites:

http://www.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/gibson-moment_-the-clash-at-bo.aspx

blog.retroplanet.com/the-clash-photos-at-bonds-casino-80s-retro-punk-
rock/

 

 

 

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Japan: 1981

Source: Audience recording of the complete 17 June 1980 Hammersmith Palais concert.

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Immortalized by none other than the Clash themselves in their own “White Man At Hammersmith Palais” (also name checked in Ian Dury’s “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3”) was another classic and famous tram-shed-turned-concert-venue. Opening in 1919 it as Palais de Danse and primarily used to host dance and jazz events, it occasionally hosted rock bands starting from the 1960’s and became a frequent tour stop for rock bands during the punk and new wave area.  The list of performers include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bill Haley & the Comets, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Cure, The Police, U2 and every UK act you can think of that toured in the 1980’s and were trusted to sell 2,000 tickets for a London appearance.

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The final gig at the Palais was a performance by The Fall on 1 April 2007, a recording of which was subsequently released as the live album Last Night at The Palais. It was torn down in 2012.