Pearl Harbour Tour supported by Bo Diddley

updated 30 Dec 2008 - new master tape
updated May 2021 added adverts and extra ticket
9 Feb 2022 added new colour photos
updated June 2022 - more info about video
udpated xmas 2023 added ticket adverts

Audio 1 - master

Clear/ok - Sound 3.5 - Time 37mins - 10 Tracks

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Sound quality

Clear but distant. Taper wasn't sitting that close to the stage and probably didn't have amazing tape equipment. But low-gen or master-ish because the instruments and vox are surprisingly clear once you get acclimated. I'm liking the sound more the more I hear it. I would say better quality than nearly all '78 AUD recordings, par or better for Pearl Harbour tour audience tapes. A good audio edit might make it stand out a bit better into bona fide B range.

Typically scorching hot show for that tour. Pinnacle-era Topper drumming and Mick gee-tar.

Lifetimes 20/20 Video


"Last night I attended the Target Video show at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley ( There was a lot of great footage from the '70s & early '80s (Dead Kennedys, Flipper, Black Flag, X, The Nuns, Avengers, The Mutants, Bush Tetras, Siouxsie & The Banshees, etc.), most of which I had never seen before. Target was selling t-shirts (I bought one) in the lobby, and on the back of the t-shirt are logos of bands Target filmed, including The Clash.

I asked Target Video's Joe Rees when and where he filmed The Clash. He replied: a couple of shows, including Geary Temple in San Francisco '79 and at the Target studio on Van Ness. I asked him if the Geary Temple footage was ever released on video in the early '80s, and he said "yes," but I've never heard of that release. One would think it would've showed up on bootleg videos/DVDs, on YouTube, etc., and also Graham doesn't mention the existence of the footage on BMC. It must've been available for a very limited time in '84 when Target Video started releasing videos. Anyway, I told Joe that I hope that Target Video's footage of The Clash will be released on DVD.

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The last time I saw Joe was in 2015. I recall him saying that he shot the footage while on the balcony, which was shaking a lot. The floor boards below were bouncing. As a result, the footage looks very shaky. He mentioned something about trying to fix the shaky footage. He and I are friends on FB. Maybe I should ask again."

The CLASH in San Francisco

The Clash played their first show in the US on February 7, 1979 at the Berkeley Community Theater. Bo Diddley opened for The Clash that night. On the following night, February 8th, The Clash played a benefit gig at for New Yooth in the Fillmore.

I have an original flyer from that show and will make copies of it for anyone that has other Clash flyers to trade. You can send me an email to

I was working for the sound company at UC Berkeley and was given a stack of flyers to post around campus. I just found them after almost 30 years. The Clash also did an album signing at the Tower Records on Durant. I got my album and record sleeve signed by both Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon. Years later, I also got Sandy Pearlman (who produced the album) to sign the record for me. I also found my ticket from the show ($5.50), three reviews from the newspapers, a listing of shows from Bill Graham Presents (The Clash, Elvis Costello, and The Police all within a month) and a newspaper clipping of Joe's death. The flyer is a very RARE document from The Clash's original assault on the United States.

We turned up the following night and Mick was delighted to find we were playing at the old Filmore West, a fine, ramshackle wooden building. The people running it were ramshackle as well. I warned the band about the Acid Test. Who better for a spiker than a star catch? The stage would not have passed our London health and safety man. Who cared? The joint was jumping as Coon muttered darkly about the ‘ramifications’. The lack of organization was made up for by enthusiasm. It was a astorming gig from the second the band ran on to the disintegrating stage. The Clash rocked out and the crowd was with them. Joe’s delirium showed. He climbed from the stage into an opera box, waving and twitching.

Wheeling down the freeway later, we agreed we had don eit right, happily discussing our free show.”

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The Clash toured the US for the first time, taking along Bo Diddley as support, one of the greatest pioneers of American rhythm & blues and a Clash hero.


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Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley CA

From “A Riot of Our Own, Night and Day with The Clash”

By Johnny Green and Garry Barker

Joe: This is Frisco, right? That wild show we did for that new youth movement… a charity show for this youth organization. It was kind of like a squatters’ beatnik neighbourhood scenario, this.

Bob: In San Francisco the group played a benefit gig for the homeless. There was a lot of trouble with Bill Graham over that - Graham was promoting the official San Francisco concert, but they had this alternative gig going on as well. It’s interesting that the first show The Clash played in the USA was a benefit.

Caroline: Part of the policy in every town to which we went - and to persuade the record company of this was a nightmare - was to play a benefit gig for whichever youth group in the town needed a benefit, and then do the commercial gig. We tried to do it as often as possible, and get the local bands to play as well.

Mick: We played a benefit at the Temp, next door to Jim Jones’s temple - the guy who went out to take Kool Aid with his followers in Guyana. There was lots of trouble with that, because Bill Graham didn’t want us to do it. It was great that night.

When we first went to San Francisco, Joe and I, we went to that place where we played the benefit, and it was like the last vestiges of a real hippie night: with a little imagination you could see what it must have been like.

From “The Clash. Photographs by Bob Gruen”
By Bob Gruen

A Riot of Our Own pg132 & 136+

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Melody Maker review

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Best Gang In Town

79 03 05
Time Magazine

'Clash' - rock's new revolutionaries

Berk Geary North East Bay Independent and Gazette
Fri Feb 16 1979

Clash concert provides both relevance and good music

Oakland Tribune – 3 March 1980
References this gig at Berkley


Photos from gig courtesy of
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Photo 1-3: The Clash at the Berkely Community Centre
Photo 3: Topper Headon looking sleepy backstage at the Berkeley Community Theatre, along with Pearl E. Gates and some other characters.[photos 4-7 from the next night at the Geary Temple]

Paul Simonon playing his '70s P-Bass that met it's doom on the iconic cover of 1979's London Calling. C. R. Ressmeyer, R. Ressmeyer



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Clash's first US Tour Pearl Harbour Tour


A collection of
- Tour previews
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Numerous articles, interviews, reviews, posters, tour dates from the Clash's first US Tour
covering the period of the Pearl Harbour Tour.


Video and audio footage from the tour including radio interviews.


A Riot of Our Own
Johnny Green


by Johnny Green (Author), Garry Barker (Author), Ray Lowry (Illustrator)

Pearl Harbour Tour pg129
Vancover pg131
Seattle pg133
San Francisco pg134
Berkley pg138
Filmore pg139
Santa Monica pg140
Cleveland pg145
New York pg147

Johnny Green first met the Clash in 1977 and was their road manager for three years. Ray Lowry accompanied the band as official "war artist" on the second American tour and designed the ' London Calling' album cover. Together, in words and pictures, Green and Lowry give the definitive, inside story on one of the most magnificent rock 'n' roll bands ever.

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


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