Short Summer Rock Art US Tour

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Joe Strummer: Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Martyn Slattery: Lead Guitar, Keyboards et al
Anthony Genn: Guitar
Scott Shields: Bass Guitar
Pablo Cook: Percussion
Smiley: Drums

Audio - from taper - very good
Sound 4
16 songs / 16 tracks

Tommy Gun

A nice audience recording, very clear and very exciting/atmospheric. X-ray Style goes badly wrong...take 2

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Joe Strummer at the Irving Plaza on 6/30/99
by Glyn Emmerson

Providing enough cheap thrills, punk rhythms, ska riffs and Giuliani-bashing to offset the last 10 years of his musical sabbatical, Joe Strummer, ex-Clash songwriter, provocateur and leader, tore down the house at Irving Plaza with a rousing fourteen song set of Clash classics and songs from his upcoming release X-Ray Style.

Backed by the Mescaleros and looking worn, gracefully jagged, and slightly ragged, Strummer stormed through a set invoking the best of the Clash's rage and political stances with a smattering of some good old white-boy reggae.

Singing in a forced style and delivery intent on making one run for cover, Strummer played with the passion and rage of an elder-statesman punk, out of exile and back on track, whipping the crowd into a fist-raising frenzy reminiscent of a leftist political rally.

Opening the show with "Diggin' the Law" and segueing into an unplugged bongo-laden intro, Strummer called off all hands and chimed -"This is New York City"- jump starting "London Calling" with its pounding rhythms and howling vocals. "X-Ray Style" was next and followed by "Straight to Hell" with some fine and eerie Edge-like staccato playing by lead guitarist Martin Slattery over the pulsating rhythms of bassist Scott Shields and drummer Smiley.

Moshers took over the floor for "Rock the Casbah" and the rest of the show was a virtual study in the Clash and Stummer's influence on modern music today.

With a style bridging punk, funk, reggae and rap, Strummer and band strategically recreated Clash favorites and set forth the godfather of punk's rock-n-roll vision into the next millenium. Combining musical styles with an overtly political tone against the power elite towards social and economic equality was the message in 1977.

How appropriate that in this era of the Guiliani-directorate, the message for 1977 still resounds in 1999. "I Fought the Law" ended the set and was followed by a lengthy encore of "Techno D-Day", "Tommy Gun" and "Bank Robber". "Techno D-Day" was dedicated to those who fell in the Tiananmen Square Massacre and had the crowd dancing wildly, proving what the Clash bore all along, that politics and rock-n-roll can and do mix.

"Bank Robber" ended the evening with its reggae rhythms setting the spliffs ablaze. After the show I caught up with Strummer and asked him what he'd been up to the past ten years, along with well wishers Matt Dillan, Joey Ramone and Jim Jarmusch, to which he graciously replied -"Hanging out at the farm in Somerset, England"-.

He also informed me that the band would be returning to the area in December and the new album with the Mescaleros has a planned mid-October release date.

Did you go? What do you remember?
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Techno D-Day
London Calling
X-Ray Style
X-Ray Style take 2
White Man In Ham Palais
Tony Adams
Straight To Hell
RockThe Casbah
Yalla Yalla
Brand New Cadillac
I Fought The Law
Forbidden City
Techno D-Day
Junco Partner
Tommy Gun

There are several sights that provide setlists but most mirror They are worth checking.

from Setlist FM (cannot be relied on)

from Songkick (cannot be relied on)
... both have lists of people who say they went

& from the newer Concert Database and also Concert Archives

Also useful: Ultimate Music database, All Music, Clash books at DISCOGS

Articles, check 'Rocks Back Pages'

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Photos from the gig

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UK Tour poster

Clash singer breaks ground
mid 1997
By Todd Martens - Staff Writer

A bit of history
UK Tour itinary - alas front cover only
and a Tour pass

with the dates on the back
and ... US Tour itinary - alas front cover only

The Sunday Times Pick of the Week
Joe Strummer UK Tour

Joe Strummer Interview
Punk Magazine - by Judy McGuire
It's always scary to meet people you admire as much as I admired Joe Strummer. He was the closest thing to having a hero I ever had. When I got the assignment to interview him, I was both excited and scared shitless. What if he was nasty or rude to me? I'd be crushed. Words can't truly express what a huge influence the Clash had on my life. I was a painfully shy, depressed, awkward teenager the first time I heard them. They taught me about politics, to think for myself, to question authority, and to become a better, more informed person. Their lyrics gave me the courage to stop caring what other people thought about me and to always be true to myself.

BBC Music Jools Holland
We found Joe Strummer on the terrace of the BBC bar, where he imparted to us the wisdom that only comes from hard years on the road . . .

Former Clash frontman, Joe Strummer, is back out on the road with a new band - The Mescaleros. They played Glasgow on Monday night and tomorrow take to the stage at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth before shows in Dublin and Belfast.

Guitar World 1999
Diggin the New (1 page only)
Huge Clash retrospective

Unity Rocker (Australia)
Real Groove Magazine Strummer interview (inc Australia 82)

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White Riot Tour


A collection of
• Tour previews
• Tour posters
• Features
• Articles
• Tour information

from the White Riot Tour.
Articles cover the month of May 1977.


Video and audio footage from the tour including radio interviews.


Return of the Last Gang in Town,
Marcus Gray

Passion is a Fashion,
Pat Gilbert

Redemption Song,
Chris Salewicz

Joe Strummer and the legend of The Clash
Kris Needs

The Clash (official)
by The Clash (Author), Mal Peachey

Other books