UD Label Japan

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Japan: 1980/1 – it’s safe to say that this was issued by the same producers of the UD label.

Matrix: W Z53 A IG  (‘A’ changing to B/C/D for the other sides)

Side 1: Come On / You’n Me / Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues / Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City     
Side 2: Mickey’s Solo / Love Hunter / Mistreated / Soldier Of Fortune     
Side 3: Jon Lord’s Solo / Shuffle / Might Just Take Your Life / Lie Down     
Side 4: Take Me With You / Rock Me Baby / Breakdown / Whitesnake Boogie

No location mentioned but most likely recorded during Whitesnake’s first Japan Tour in April of 1980, most likely at one of the Tokyo dates on the 11th, 14th or 15th.

HOTWACKS quality rating: “Vgs”


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April 11 – Tokyo Yūbin Chokin Kaikan, 1582 seats. Other acts that played here: Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Devo, Motörhead and Hall & Oates

April 14 + 15: Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo




Rainbow End of a Rainbow

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There is also a European (British copy) which looks identical to the above but has matrix number RB-816-A / B / C / D

Japan: Fall of 1980 (first issue) – another early UD label release, later even reissued on XL

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Quality rating: “Vgs” in HOTWACKS

From Darker Than Blue – DP fan club magazine, June 1981:
“As for the vinyl, the foreign collectors items continued to appear in ever greater numbers thanks to the success the bands were having abroad. Rainbow turned up on the Castle Donnington collection, albeit only a part of their set. If you wanted the full gig the Japanese obliged with a double bootleg LP audience recording of the show (with a jet plane ruining the start of one song!). If you weren’t careful, you risked getting stung by a home made UK bootleg which appeared at the same time, and which comprised the 25 minutes of the set aired on UK TV, complete with the sound of the microphone being moved in front of the TV speakers… .”

I can remember seeing a one-sided bootleg in a plain white cover with a small sticker  at a London flea market in ’81. That must be the “home made UK bootleg” mentioned above. Very limited pressing, never made it into HOTWACKS, the matrix is BLACKMORE No. 1.

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In 1983, the follow up label to UD, XL, reissued this title with a colorized cover, more in line with their current cover designs:

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These look like XL label designs to me.

Then there was a second run with a changed color scheme:

Rainbow End ofa Rainbow 1st

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Those with keen eyes will have noticed the number on the front, lower right:

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Which we have seen before on this Ozzy XL release (LIVE! Long Beach Arena 1981, XL 1531/2) and the reason why I would file the ‘pink border’ version under XL as well):

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For discussion regarding which tracks were officially released:

AC DC Live At LA Forum Feb 82

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Japan: Late summer 1982

Although the back cover claims this was recorded at the L.A. Forum, where the band did play three shows that months, this final UD release is another “hidden source” title, actually recorded at Osaka’s Expo Hall, 7 (?) June 1982 – their second visit to Japan as part of their For Those About To Rock Tour.

Selling for as much as $560 in 2007, this title can now be had for less than half.

HOTWACKS quality rating: “Vgs”


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ToTo La Forum 82 UD 6586 II

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Japan: Summer of 1982.

TOTO had just finished their second tour of Japan in May of ’82. This was the first TOTO bootleg (unless the European 99 came first, which I doubt).

Source: Audience recording from the Forum in Inglewood, CA (L.A.), 28 May, 1982

6586 -A: Girl Goodbye (6:16) / Child’s Anthem (2:25) / I’ll Supply The Love (3:46) / Live For Today (3:54)
6586 -B: A Million Miles Away (4:32) / Georgy Porgy (5:18) / Good For You (4:17) / Africa (5:19)
6587 -A: Keyboard Solo – End of Africa (8.22) / Hydra (8:09) / 99 (4:16)
6587 -B: Goodbye Elenore (5.11) – Guitar Solo (6.49) / Gift With A Golden Gun (4.32)
6588 -A: Make Believe (5:17) / Rosanna (7:17) / English Eyes (6:54)
6589 -B: Band introduction – Afraid Of Love – Lovers In The Night (9:28) / Hold The Line – introduction (3:58) / Runaway (4:32)


The XL label version:

TOTO LA Forum May 1982

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TOTO IV World Tour
May 7th 1982 – Shimin Taiikukan – Kurashiki – Japan
May 8th 1982 – Kyuden Kinen Taiikunan – Fukuoka – Japan
May 10th 1982 – Furitsu Taiikukan – Osaka – Japan
May 11th 1982 – Furitsu Taiikukan – Osaka – Japan
May 13th 1982 – Teiho Country Club – Nagoya – Japan
May 17th 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan
May 18th 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan
May 19th 1982 – Shi Taiikukan – Niigata – Japan
May 21st 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan
May 28th 1982 – L.A. Forum – Los Angeles – California – USA
June 26th 1982 – Coliseum Stadium – Oakland – California – USA
(Day on the Green with Toto, Santana, Journey, Tubes, Gamma etc.)
July 18th 1982 – Zoo Amphitheater – Oklahoma City – Oklahoma – USA
July 19th 1982 – Assembly Center – Tulsa – Oklahoma – USA
August 19th 1982 – Poplar Creek Music Theatre – Hofman Estates – Illinois – USA
August 20th 1982 – Morris Civic Auditorium – South Bend – Indiana – USA
September 13th 1982 – Palasport – Reggio Emilia – Italy
September 14th 1982 – Palasport – Torino – Italy
September 15th 1982 – Velodrome San Siro – Milano – Italy
September 16th 1982 – Vigorelli Stadium – Milano – Italy
September 18th 1982 – Rosengarten Mozartsaal – Mannheim – Germany
September 24th 1982 – Hippodrome de Pantin – Paris – France
September 26th 1982 – Vredenburg – Utrecht – The Netherlands
September 27th 1982 – Congrescentrum – Den Haag – The Netherlands
September 29th 1982 – Roskilde – Copenhagen – Denmark
October 1st 1982 – Spektrum – Oslo – Norway
October 1st 1982 – Johanneshovs Isstadion – Stockholm – Sweden
October 4th 1982 – Hammersmith Odeon – London – UK
November 3rd 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan
November 5th 1982 – Budokan – Tokyo – Japan

Rolling Stones Never Too Old To RnR

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Japan: 1982 – dbboots has this as 1986 but when looking at the UD releases in sequence, this cannot be correct.

Source: Very good stereo audience recording from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum shows. “Although there are several bigmouths by the recorder who plague this tape making moronic statements and singing out-of-tune, it’s balanced out by the benefits of hearing the reaction entire audience.  Almost like a wave, there is a liveliness that sometimes rises from the back of the crowd which can send chills down one’s spine.  ” []

8583A:  Intro: Take the A Train    [01:28] / Under My Thumb [03:50] / When The Whip Comes Down [05:17] / Let’s Spend the Night Together [03:52] / Shattered [05:34]
8583B:  Neighbours [03:56] / Black Limousine [03:52] / Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) [06:19] / Twenty Flight Rock [02:08] / Let Me Go [03:53]
8584A:  Time Is on My Side [03:42] / Beast of Burden [06:42] / Waiting On A Friend [04:08] / Let It Bleed [06:39]
8584B: You Can’t Always Get What You Want [07:53] / Band intro [00:58] / Little T&A [02:50] / Tumbling Dice [03:50] / All Down The Line [03:44] / Hang Fire [02:42]
8485A:  Star Star [03:39] / Miss You [05:35] / Start Me Up [04:40] / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [06:38] / Honky Tonk Women [03:43] / Brown Sugar [03:32]
8485A: Jumping Jack Flash [07:30] / Street Fighting Man [05:24]


The set list is in order and complete, with the exception of ‘She’s So Cold’, which was played between ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘All Down the Line’. dbboots states that ‘Start Me Up’ comes from the second show on the 11th but reading collectorsmusicreviews description of the CD version of The Rolling Stones Live At LA Memorial Coliseum ’81 (no label) indicates that ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ was from the 11th.


A while later, perhaps as late as September 1985, as listed in dbboots. someone in Japan mixed up the tracks in random order and reissued the same material spread across a double and a single album on these ‘no label’ titles.

The double LP:

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I have found no matrix # for this release.

LP 1:
Side A: Under My Thumb [03:58] / When The Whip Comes Down [05:33] / Neighbours [04:03] / Black Limousine [03:43]
Side B: Hang Fire [03:00] / Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) [06:27] / Twenty Flight Rock [02:14] / Time Is on My Side [03:46] / Beast of Burden [06:53] / Waiting On A Friend [04:17]
LP 2:
Side C: Let It Bleed [06:59] / You Can’t Always Get What You Want [07:37] / Band intro [00:55] / Little T&A [03:59] / Start Me Up [04:44]
Side D: Miss You [05:57] / Street Fighting Man [05:45] / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [06:56]


The single LP:

Rolling Stones LA 81 digest

Matrix: A-A / B-C

Side A:  Intro: Take the A Train    [00:15] /Shattered [04:09] / Let Me Go [03:57] / Tumbling Dice [03:59] / All Down The Line [03:46] / Star Star [03:48]
Side B:  Let’s Spend the Night Together [04:30] / Start Me Up [04:27] / Honky Tonk Women    [03:49] / Brown Sugar [03:36] /Jumping Jack Flash [07:44] 


Finally, what appears to be created out of the need to accommodate left over discs, this insert cover title was created (I assume insert releases were the exception and seen as less desirable).  

Rolling Stones boimitation

Japan: ca. 1985/6

Matrix: A-A / B-C

Combining the single disc LIVE IN LA DIGEST ’81 and LP 2 of LIVE AT LA MEMORIAL COLISEUM ’81 

A soundboard recording appeared later on CD.

“All of the 1981 soundboards are very good, but the audience tapes capture the weight of the events and the interactions between band and audience.  Although there are several bigmouths by the recorder who plague this tape making moronic statements and singing out-of-tune, it’s balanced out by the benefits of hearing the reaction entire audience.  Almost like a wave, there is a liveliness that sometimes rises from the back of the crowd which can send chills down one’s spine.

Bill Graham introduces the band before “Under My Thumb.”  The guitars cut out twice during the second number “When The Whip Comes Down” (“Los Angeles, it’s beautiful to be here even if we have no electricity. I have electricity in my brain” Jagger ad-libs during the track) “Can you keep the electricity on, Showco?’ he asked afterwards. The volume in the microphone becomes lower and Mick asks if he can be heard before “Shattered”.

He also gives the first of several exhortations for the front of the crowd to move back. “Los Angeles, city of the shoes” he says, an obvious reference to the July 24th, 1978 Anaheim show when the band were inundated with footwear of various kinds.  “Please don’t throw bottles at me because they hurt when they hit me” he says before “Black Limousine.”

“Time Is On My Side” is introduced as some “sweetness” and seems to calm the crowd down a bit and is followed by several more relatively more mellow songs “Beast Of Burden”, “Waiting On A Friend”, “Let It Bleed” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.

The versions of the latter track by this point in the tour were terrific with Ernie Watts’ saxophone solo replacing Ron Wood’s guitar solo from previous tours. He had just joined the band the previous show in San Diego and plays a great jazzy riff which is unfortunately buried too far in the mix to be enjoyed. The show picks up again with “Little T & A” and someone actually throws a gift to Mick on stage. “What’s this? Grass, pills, acid, my goodness everything in one package” before “Tumbling Dice”.

Afterwards Mick is ready for “Hang Fire” but the band launch into “She’s So Cold” instead, a moment of either pure spontaneity or miscommunication. Again Mick wants “Hang Fire” but gets “All Down The Line” instead. “Starfucker” contains amended lyrics with Jagger singing: “Jimmy Page, not quite her age / I never knew the reason why” (which might be a reference to Page’s girlfriend Lori Maddox).

“Miss You” is for some reason very sloppy on this tour and this show is no exception. “Start Me Up” was the big hit at this time and is played flawlessly. The band is able to finish the set with the classics without further incidents.

Like the original vinyl, the October 11th encore “Satisfaction” is included as a bonus track.  It was played that night in lieu of “Street Fighting Man” and offers a bit more comprehensive record of The Stones’ visit to Los Angeles. “


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Ozzy O Long Beach Japan

The UD version above and XL 1523/4 shown below (this is probably more of a red than an orange, similar to the XL version). I believe it’s fair to say that this makes a strong case for both labels being run by the same people. This was the 8th title released by XL and already the 2nd Ozzy one.




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XL 1531/2 – the blue reissue:

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The blue version with mysterious number on the back – although some copies have it on the front cover:

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Japan: 1982 -Randy Rhodes died 19 March 1982 and I believe that these bootlegs were released after that date. Ozzy first toured Japan in July of 1982 during the Diary Of A Madman tour, further explaining the sudden surge in Japanese bootleg product (look for the upcoming ‘Ozzy-heavy’ XL label discography).

Source: Audience recording from Long Beach Arena on 27 June 1981. Ozzy on the second U.S. leg of his very successful first tour as a solo artist, following the release of his first (and future) platinum album Blizzard Of Ozz. Motörhead opened.

6581A: “O Fortuna” (Carl Orff) / I Don’t Know / Crazy Train / Believer     
6581B: Mr Crowley / Flying High Again / Revelation (Mother Earth)     
6582A: Steal Away (The Night) / Tommy Adridge drum solo / Suicide Solution / Randy Rhoads solo
6582B: Iron Man / Children Of The Grave / Paranoid


Fan rating: “I have heard all the shows with Randy Rhoads that were recorded. This is in my top 5.”

Milwaukee, Jan 22, 1982
London, Ontario July 24, 1981
Long Beach, June 27, 1981
Chelmsford, Oct 22, 1980
Providence, RI, Aug 7, 1981


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Genesis Kebab 2

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Japan: 1982

Genesis first played in Japan at the end of their …and then there were three… tour in November/December of 1978. With prog-rock falling somewhat out of favor there as the 70’s turned into the 80’s, the band only returned one more time after Invisible Touch had catapulted them to massive mainstream stardom in March of 1987.

Source: Audience recording from Wembley Arena, London, 19 December 1981.  Genesis started their abacab Tour at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Barcelona on September 25th and ended it with seven UK shows late December, spread between Wembley Arena and the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham. I have to admit it took me the longest time to realize that ‘Kebab’ is supposed to be a word play on the official album title.

6578A: Behind the Lines / Duches / The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
6578B: Do Do / Abacab / The Carpet Crawlers
6579A: Me And Sarah Jane / Misunderstanding / No Reply At All / Cindy Louise (unreleased)
6579B: Deep In The Motherlode / Man On The Corner / Who Dunnit
6580A: In The Cage / Keep On Turning (unreleased) / Aftergrow / Turn It On Again
6580B: Dance On A Volcano / Los Endos

translating into:

01 Behind The Lines  05:14
02 Duchess     06:04
03 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway    05:08
04 Dodo / Lurker  08:17
05 Abacab  08:38
06 The Carpet Crawlers  06:18
07 Me And Sarah Jane  06:53
08 Misunderstanding  05:14
09 No Reply At All     04:49
10 Phil Talking  04:37
11 Firth Of Fifth    09:38
12 Man On The Corner  06:25
13 Who Dunnit?  03:17
14 In The Cage / The Cinema Show / The Colony Of Slippermen  12:15
15 Afterglow  04:11
16 Turn It On Again  05:00
17 Dance On A Volcano  04:34
18 Drum Duet / Los Endos  08:10
Total Running Time:  1:54:42; quality rated as B+

The two tracks marked as ‘unreleased’ on sides 3 and 5 are a bit puzzling and I have found no trace of these being actual studio recordings.


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Whitesnake DP OBC

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Japan: 1982

The name points to the fact that three ex-members of Deep Purple were part of the band’s line up in 1981: David Coverdale, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.

The back cover states that this audience recording comes from the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 09 June 1981. While the band performed there on that day, the recording comes from their Japan tour in the second half of June, most probably from Tokyo’s Nakano Sun Plaza Hall. A collector would just have to compare the UD album with the source tapes (which exist for every night of the tour). 

6575A:  Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues / Sweet Talker / Ready An’ Willing / Don’t Break My Heart Again     
6575B:    Till The Day I Die / Love Hunter / Mickey Moody’s Slide Guitar Solo / Love Hunter     
6576A:    Mistreated / Soldier Of Fortune / Woman From Tokyo     
6576B:    Tomorrow Never Knows / Shuffle     / Lazy     / Ian Paice’s Drum Solo / Shuffle / Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City     
6577A:    Would I Lie To You / Fool For Your Loving / Come On
6578A:  Thank You Blues / One Woman Song / We Wish You Well

Q on an on online forum “So tell me,what is your favourite Snake boot? I need direction” A: ““The Deep Purple Old Boys Club”  Tokyo on the come and get it tour, bloody brilliant.

Set list comparison:

Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, June 9th, 1981

01 Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues 05:13
02 Sweet Talker 04:27
03 Ready An’ Willing 05:24
04 Don’t Break My Heart Again 05:51
05 Till The Day I Die 05:48
06 Love Hunter (incl. Micky Moody solo) 10:55
07 Mistreated (incl. Soldier Of Fortune) 14:26
08 Jon Lord solo 05:41
09 Belgian Tom’s Hat Trick (incl. Ian Paice solo) 13:14
10 Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City 08:20
11 Would I Lie To You 06:26
12 Fool For Your Loving 04:04
13 Come On 03:13
14 Thank You Blues 00:57
15 Wine, Women An’ Song 11:29
16 We Wish You Well 01:26

1981-06-26 Tokyo, Japan
01 Opening
02 Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
03 Sweet Talker
04 Ready An’ Willing
05 Don’t Break My Heart Again
06 Till The Day I Die
07 Lovehunter
08 Micky Moody Guitar Solo / Lovehunter
09 Mistreated
10 Soldier Of Fortune
11 Jon Lord Keyboard Solo
12 Belgium Tom’s Hat Trick
13 Ian Paice Drum Solo / Belgium Tom’s Hat Trick
14 Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
15 Would I Lie To You
16 Fool For Your Loving
17 Come On
18 Thank You Blues
19 Wine, Women An’ Song
20 We Wish You Well


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Clash Hits

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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




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.”



Clash cools it

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.” [] Definitely visit Joe Streno’s blog for his great photos and commentary.


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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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Japan: Early 1982? Kraftwerk toured Japan in the first half of September 1981 but I doubt that this release was ready in time for these performances.

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MATRIX: UD 6569A 111/B 111    UD 6570A 112/B 112    UD 6571A 113/ B 113

Source: Audience recording from the Hammersmith Odeon, 3 July 1981

6569 A: Intro 1:05 / Numbers 3:44 / Computerworld 5:09 / Computerlove 5:38 / Homecomputer 5:04
6569 B: The Model 4:05 / Neon Lights 7:44 / Radioactivity 5:33
6570 A: The Voice Of Energy 3:42 / Ohm Sweet Ohm 4:52 / Autobahn Part 1
6570 B: Autobahn Part 2 / Hall Of Mirrors 5:06 / Showroom Dummies 6:49
6571 A: Trans Europe Express 9:28 / Pocket Calculator 8:46
6571 B: The Robots 7:09 / It’s More Fun To Compute 9:08

THE first thing to mention about this set is the quality of the recordings, which are impressive to say the least,given that this was made at Hammersmith Odeon, which can sound like a barn at the best of times, you cant distinguish this from near CD quality even the audience sound great.

This is probably one of the rarest UD titles and it has in the recent past sold for $350 and up.

To the best of my knowledge this is only the second ever ‘original’ triple bootleg album released in Japan, following the famous Pink Floyd ‘Tokyo/Osaka Triple’ seen here:

Pink Floyd Osaka Triple

‘Original’ as I exclude the John Lennon Flower triple album, which was made from previously released U.S. bootlegs:

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Kudos to the bootleggers for taking this risk and presenting Kraftwerk’s complete performance.


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At one of the Hammersmith Odeon shows, performing ‘Pocket Calculator’