Pearl Harbour Tour supported by Bo Diddley & The Dils

updated August 2022 added reviews, poster and comments

Audio 1 -

upgrade wanted - Sound 1.5 - 57min - unknown gen? - 17 tracks

Tommy Gun

Radio KLOS 95.5?

Flyer rindicates the concert is promoted by Radio KLOS.

The only recording in circulation is sadly a poor one.

It has slight speed problems, running a fraction slow. You can make out the vocals and just about what is said, as well as the lead guitar and drums, much else is distorted. Most of the sound is at the bottom end as well. Its from a well copied version.

"Spit drenched, poseur, stage hopping affairs.....Vicious crowds"

"The 79 shows, Santa Monica Civic, Palladium and Kezar in the city (sf) were spit drenched, poseur, stage hopping affairs.....Vicious crowds. (Although the Santa Monica Civic has a place in my heart, as it was close to our home and we saw countless shows there including a wild Joe Strummer with Xander Schloss on lead concert in the late 80’s that was something special)

The punk thing was just happening in 79 and la was more orange county punk (black flag, circle jerks, germs etc etc) than san francisco. (Dead Kennedy’s etc). Which was more “authentic” punk than LA

The two cities hate each other, (still do) culturally, sport teams, you name it.. It must have been mind blowing for the clash to step into what is basically another world, California. A lot of anger from The Clash, it must have been hard to play with people spitting on you and jumping on the stage just to show off.

Still the energy, humor and wit of joe are what i remember best. For better or worse, all venues had no seating anywhere near the floor, so it was general crush down front. No mercy was shown to the weak."

The Clash Official facebook

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.

Photo outside

Active or Pasive: Two rock voices

The Los Angeles Times
Sun 4 Feb 1979

THE ARRIVAL in LA of The Clash

Don Snowden, L.A. Weekly, 23 February 1979

text version

THE ARRIVAL in LA of The Clash, the hot English rock band, had been eagerly anticipated by local hard-core rockers ever since the release of the band's debut album almost two years ago.

Coming here at the end of a particularly slack period of concert action only served to fan the flames higher. The level of expectancy in the lobby before the set was the highest I ?ve ever witnessed at a rock show. And The Clash more than lived up to expectations.





Flyer announcing the Clash, Bo Diddley, and the Dils at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Feb. 9, 1979.

Johnny Green, The Clash at Santa Monica

9th February 1979

The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, see photo, a concrete barn by the ocean according to Johnny Green, had sold out all 3000 tickets (seating removed in the main area). The Clash famously snubbed Epic executives after the gig to the despair of Caroline Coon, the then manager.

Help for the cause did come from the influential Robert Hilburn reviewing the gig in the LA Times; “For sheer energy The Clash’s local debut… was one of the most exhilarating rock shows in years” but then went on to qualify this by “but rock’s not built on energy alone and The Clash’s failure to touch on a wider range of emotions, leaves it short at this point of across the board impact”

He described how fans near the front of the stage went wild and accurately noted “Joe Strummer, the band’s strongest visual lure on stage, spits out the lyrics with such alarming intensity that a life insurance salesman would think twice about writing him a policy. After he collapsed after one song it didn’t look solely theatrical”.

The band did not think the gig went well and
Sylvia Simmonds Tour Notes for Sounds thought them good not great as at the San Francisco benefit.

Wikipedia: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is a multi-purpose convention center at 1855 Main Street in Santa Monica, California, owned by the City of Santa Monica. It was built in 1958 and designed by Welton Becket[2] and as a concert venue, it has a seating capacity of 3,000. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was opened in 1958 during the summer season. It took the second position in Los Angeles Area.

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

a little song Hank Williams wrote for us

Hank Williams features regularly in Joe’s sarky song intro’s on this tour, “well case you were wondering what that was, a little song Hank Williams wrote for us before he took too many drugs and kicked the bucket”. Continuing in a non-pc vein Joe intros Tommy Gun with “this is Topper Headon with a spastic wrist!”.

Tommy Gun uniquely whether by design or accident has a short musical and lyrical break not heard either live or recorded previously, just before the “9 o’clock news” section. Mick’s guitar work sounds great throughout but Joe sounds hoarse, labouring the intensity somewhat, maybe nervous in front of such a large audience and first gig in LA area.

There is an edit after Safe European Home when the sounds drops a touch poorer. English Civil War and Guns On The Roof are great performances as is Police & Thieves but the sound is very poor after an edit which loses a section of the song.

Complete Control stops near the end, for fighting or instrument problems is not clear and then restarts from mid song. Capital Radio is not as extended with ad libs here but Joe explains one of the reasons for the slow intro “listen to the gentle music, may it soothe the savage breast in you!

Because you’re going to have to hear it, because we recorded it off your local radio, its what they play 24 hours a day….1-2-3-4”. There is an edit at the end of Radio which probably loses one or more of Janie Jones, Garageland and Julie. The recording restarts with London’s Burning and ends abruptly with the last chord of White Riot.

Anyone have an upgrade nearer the master?

Johnny Green - A Riot of Our Own pg138

The Clash assault on the USA

Record Mirror?

(poor quality)

Clash Crests on new Punk Wave

SM The Los Angeles Times
Sat Jan 20 1979 -
Robert Hilburn

Short review on the concert

19 September 2019

I attended the first Clash concert in L.A. on Feb. 9, 1979. They played the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with the legendary Bo Diddley, and the Dils, who opened the show. In their heraldic battle-cry of a song, 1977, the Clash sang ìNo Elvis, Beatles, or the Rolling Stones in 1977,î and punks readily sang along, convinced they would outrun, overtake, and overthrow all of the dinosaur rock oligarchs. Iím still waiting. The Clash were well on their way to becoming rock gods themselves, as they had signed with Columbia, a major commercial record labelóbut I digress. Though they performed with as much fury as the Clash, the Dils disbanded in 1980.

Clash Crests on New Wave

The Los Angeles Times -
Sat 20 Jan 1978

page 8 required

Clash specializes in high energy

The Los Angeles Times
Sun 12 Feb 1979

text version


Did you go? What do you remember?

We are looking for scans - articles - tickets - posters - flyers - handbills - memorabilia - photos - comments / any info - you might have. Anything welcome.

Please email blackmarketclash or post on facebook.

Photos from the gig

Did you go? What do you remember?

Info, articles, reviews, comments or photos welcome.
email blackmarketclash



I'm so Bored with USA
Drug Stabbing Time
Jail Guitar Doors
Tommy Gun
Hate and War
Clash City Rockers
White Man In Ham Palais
Safe European Home
Stay Free
English Civil War
Guns On the Roof
Police and Thieves
Complete Control
Complete Control
Capital Radio
London's Burning
White Riot

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'

Clash's first US Tour Pearl Harbour Tour


A collection of
- Tour previews
- Tour posters
- Interviews
- Features
- Articles
- Tour information

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


Other books

Search all of facebook

Search all of Twitter

Search for a local library

Search auction site

Search flickr

Search Instagram

Search the internet

Search The Internet Archive

Image search

Getty Images The Clash here
Need to vary search and year

The Clash Art for Sale - Fine Art America
Collection of Clash images, need to vary search and year

WireImages here

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

Submit an article here

We are looking for scans - articles - tickets - posters - flyers - handbills - memorabilia - photos - comments / any information - you might have.

Please like and post on our Facebook page or alternatively email blackmarketclash

You can also follow us on Twitter
We also have a Clash Twitter list
of other notable Clash Twitter accounts here

Blackmarketclash Links
Extensive links page can be found here with links to web, twitter, Facebook, traders etc..

If Music Could Talk
The best Clash messageboard and which also has links to downloads on its megalists
Go here for uploads and downloads. It's not a massive space so its on an as and when basis.

Also go to 101 Guitars for downloads

For the more ambitious, create a DIME account

Contact your local library here and see if they can help.

If you are searching for articles in the USA - DPLA Find the local US library link here

WorldCat? - find your local library Link

British Newspaper Archive - United Kingdom Link

Newspaper ARCHIVE - USA+ Link

Historical Newspapers - USA & beyond Link - international Link

New York Times - USA Link

Gallica - France - Not very helpful Link

Explore the British Library Link

Trove - Australia National Library Link

The Official Clash
Search @theclash & enter search in search box. Place, venue, etc

The Official Clash Group
Search @theclashofficialgroup & enter search in search box. Place, venue, etc

Joe Strummer
And there are two Joe Strummer sites, official and unnoffical here

Clash City Collectors - excellent
Facebook Page - for Clash Collectors to share unusual & interesting items like..Vinyl. Badges, Posters, etc anything by the Clash.
Search Clash City Collectors & enter search in search box. Place, venue, etc

Clash on Parole - excellent
Facebook page - The only page that matters
Search Clash on Parole & enter search in the search box. Place, venue, etc

Clash City Snappers
Anything to do with The Clash. Photos inspired by lyrics, song titles, music, artwork, members, attitude, rhetoric,haunts,locations etc, of the greatest and coolest rock 'n' roll band ever.Tributes to Joe especially wanted. Pictures of graffitti, murals, music collections, memorabilia all welcome. No limit to postings. Don't wait to be invited, just join and upload.
Search Flickr / Clash City Snappers
Search Flickr / 'The Clash'
Search Flickr / 'The Clash' ticket

I saw The Clash at Bonds - excellent
Facebook page - The Clash played a series of 17 concerts at Bond's Casino in New York City in May and June of 1981 in support of their album Sandinista!. Due to their wide publicity, the concerts became an important moment in the history of the Clash.
Search I Saw The Clash at Bonds & enter search in red box. Place, venue, etc

Loving the Clash
Facebook page - The only Clash page that is totally dedicated to the last gang in town. Search Loving The Clash & enter search in the search box. Place, venue, etc
Facebook page - Our very own Facebook page. Search & enter search in red box. Place, venue, etc

Search all of Twitter
Search Enter as below - Twitter All of these words eg Bonds and in this exact phrase, enter 'The Clash'
Images on the offical Clash site. (all images via google).
Images on the offical Clash site. site: