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 - quite good some drop outs
Sound 4
Unknown gen?
15 tracks


A reasonably good sound, with some drop out spots and very slight distortion.

However for the most part it is a very good audience recording, not as bright as one or two others but good none the less.

Apparently London Calling was repeated due to some early sound problems, though it appears that they may have played it twice because the crowd wanted more, but they did not yet have a lot of songs on tap...
July 8, 1999
Volume 20, Issue 28

Summerfest Levis Stage - MUSIC High Clash

For all the change that punk rock's revolution promised, today much of it seems as outdated and idealistic as the hippie utopianism that preceded it. And then, of course, there is the Clash. They were smart, brash, restless and pissed off when they began releasing singles in 1977.

By the time the band's final album came out in 1985 they cast a long shadow that was never quite wiped away. Following the fireworks Saturday night at Summerfest's Levi's Rock Stage, former Clash frontman Joe Strummer put on an equally vibrant display of his own.

Taking the stage to the strains of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," Strummer and his five-piece combo wasted no time in establishing their turf, springing into the magisterial "London Calling" as their second tune.

The set would be top-heavy with gems from the Clash songbook. While the new tunes from an upcoming album showed promise--Strummer called one a "punk-rock-folk-blues" that began with a rhythm track from a mic'd boombox--the real prize in the Crackerjacks this night was how well the group of youngsters in Strummer's new band interpreted the myriad of influences stuffed into some of the Clash's best tunes.

From the loping easy skank of "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" to the beautiful dub-heavy charge of "Bank Robber," and from the pre-hip-hop delirium of "Rock the Casbah" to the second-line New Orleans syncopation of "Junco Partner," this was not a band covering the hits.

Overcoming early problems with the sound mix, it was a band led by a man whose life was saved by rock 'n' roll--just the image of Strummer flailing away on his trusty, worn Telecaster spoke volumes. Especially noteworthy was a version of "Straight to Hell" that painted a musical portrait of psychosis.

Taking a page from James Brown, Strummer pointed directions to the band behind his back while singing at several points. Perhaps the only thing missing this night was the stinging urgency of Mick Jones' original guitar parts.

If "Tommy Gun," "I Fought the Law" and "Brand New Cadillac" were a bit ragged, they'll be tightened up with time. On one of the new tunes Strummer sang, "I'm gonna scream so loud, they're gonna hear me in Canada." They probably did.

--Blaine Schultz

Did you go? What do you remember?
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play on ...
Diggin' The New
London Calling
X-Ray Style
White Man In Ham Palais
Tony Adams
Straight To Hell
Rock The Casbah
Yalla Yalla
Brand New Cadillac
I Fought The Law
Junco Partner
Techno D-Day
Tommy Gun
London Calling

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'
And then, of course, there is the Clash. They were smart, brash, restless and pissed off when they began releasing singles in 1977.

any info / reviews appreciated

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)

Any further info, articles, reviews, comments or photos welcome.
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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