Clash Live CD, Book Due in Fall

 

The only band that matters with the
only CD that matters and the only book that matters…

By Fred Mills

 

Although the Clash’s truncated stint as opening act for The Who in 1982 was
never regarded as a highwater mark for the combo, performance wise, it did
represent a significant achievement for a quote-unquote “punk” band: at that
point you just didn’t see groups like the Clash playing in front of a zillion
people in stadiums, But that’s exactly what they did — in particular, they did
it on Oct. 12 & 13, 1982 in Shea Stadium, and the latter show is the subject of a
forthcoming Clash CD called Live at Shea
Stadium
, slated for release from Epic Legacy on Oct. 6.

 

Parts of both shows have been previously bootlegged and while this prior documentation
confirmed that the Clash wasn’t genuinely at “the peak of its powers” (see
below) on this particular set of shows — it was the Combat Rock tour and they kept their big guns in reserve for their
own headlining gigs — they did acquit
themselves admirably, considering the circumstance. It’s not exactly the US
Festival, but it is the Clash live,
and that’s good enough.

 

According to Legacy:

 

 

As rain fell on a near-capacity audience at
NYC’s Shea Stadium, Clash road manager Kosmo Vinyl took the mic and whipped the
crowd to crescendo as the band took the stage.  With frontman Joe Strummer
announcing “Welcome to the Casbah Club,” the Clash launched into the powerful
opening guitar refrain of “London Calling” and made history.

 

 

Recorded while on the road supporting 1982’s Combat
Rock
, The Clash Live at Shea Stadium captures the British rock
commando unit at the peak of its powers.  The Clash, opening for The Who
on their farewell tour of the US,
played two nights at the legendary Shea Stadium (October 12th &
13th, 1982).  Recorded by Glyn Johns, the album features the
second night’s performance in its entirety.  Despite being the support
act, The New York Post reported “there were as many Clash fans on those
nights as Who fans.”  One of the few remaining unreleased Clash treasures,
the recordings have long been sought after by fans. The tapes were unearthed by
the late Joe Strummer while packing for a move.

Incidentally, you can ignore reports in other alternative music media about an
October release of a new Clash DVD; The Clash Live: Revolution Rock was released way back in
April (somebody fire that intern who was in charge of fact checking).

 

 

However, you can mark your calendars for Nov. 4: that’s when a new Clash
book titled The Clash by the Clash hits stores. Published by Grand Central Publishing, the 384-page book combines
photos and interview text with the band members. The Amazon.com “about the
author” blurb is unintentionally dry in its description: “After the breakup of
the band, Joe Strummer fronted The Mescaleros until he unfortunately passed
away in December 2002 in his home from the effects of an undiagnosed congenital
heart defect. Topper, Mick and Paul all live in the UK.” Nice to get that update,
Amazon.

 

 

The volume slides onto an already sagging Clash bookshelf that in the past 5
or 6 years has seen about ten new Clash or Joe Strummer titles, so one might
justifiably ask if this is an instance of flogging a dead horse. Does the world
really ever need another Beatles, Dylan or Stones book, in other words? But
hey, it’s the goddam Clash – the only band that matters.

 

Track Listing:

1 Kosmo Vinyl Introduction
2 London Calling
3 Police on My Back
4 The Guns of Brixton
5 Tommy Gun
6 The Magnificent Seven
7 Armagideon Time
8 The Magnificent Seven (Return)
9 Rock the Casbah
10 Train in Vain
11 Career Opportunities
12 Spanish Bombs
13 Clampdown
14 English Civil War
15 Should I Stay or Should I Go
16 I Fought the Law


 

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