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Editors’ Notes

Performing as the opening act on the Who’s 1982 tour, and breaking up within the year, the Clash were in unfamiliar territory as they took the rainy stage at Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets and 72,000 Who fans. But the band’s anthemic power which overwhelmed small clubs was perfectly effective in the arena environment. This is the complete set from their second and final night appearance. As an opening act, the band strategically loaded their set to include an immediate one-two knockout punch with “London Calling” and “Police on My Back” thrusting forth with their aggressive side. From there the group were quick to introduce their various musical influences with the staggered reggae beat of “The Guns Of Brixton,” the dance-funk of “Magnificent Seven” and the reggae jam of “Armagideon Time” before launching into their hits, “Rock The Casbah” and “Train In Vain”. Clash classics such as “Career Opportunities,” “Spanish Bombs” and “Clampdown” deliver without compromise and Strummer is completely fearless, even taunting the hostile crowd.

Customer Reviews

As Historic as the Beatles at Shea ?

I, along with several thousand others, attended this show. I recently found my ticket stub. I remember the rain, the traffic backed up forever to get to the stadium, accidents on the expressway, the booing. As a Clash fan, this show really made me begin to hate the Who, not because of the Who, but the Who fans, who I considered to be closed minded and fat. Listen to this performance by the Clash, they left it all on the stage. We need them now more than ever, but they are gone. Thank goodness the music is left behind. Thank you Clash. 10 stars for you...

Clash at Shea

I was at these Shea shows and The Clash was booed offstage, as was David Johanssen, by us rabid WHO fans. This also happened a few weeks earlier in Philly, I recall their sets only being about 40 minutes; Strummer angrily throwing the axe at the end of the set. The same thing happened a few weeks earlier in Philly where Santana was also plagued by awful equipment problems. Nonetheless, The Clash is one of those bands that only ever got modest commercial success compared to the talent they had. Musically ahead of their time, but unappreciated by the pop fans of the '80s.

Remember it like it was yesterday

I was at this particular show (along with thousnads of my closest friends) with David Johansen, followed by The Clash, followed by The Who. The recording sounds much better than it did live due to the enormous sound system that the Who had on that tour. I have seen many, many live shows of all different types, and I have to admit that none seem to mesure up to the Oct 13th show at Shea. Their performance that night was forceful, and you can hear it in the recordings. They went into the performance with a sense of going into battle. This was a very interesting time in the rock and this recording captures a bit of that. I would love if the Oct 13th show of The Who set was also released as a companion recording.


Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Sex Pistols may have been the first British punk rock band, but the Clash were the definitive British punk rockers. Where the Pistols were nihilistic, the Clash were fiery and idealistic, charged with righteousness and a leftist political ideology. From the outset, the band was more musically adventurous, expanding its hard rock & roll with reggae, dub, and rockabilly among other roots musics. Furthermore, they were blessed with two exceptional songwriters in Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, each...
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