Safe European Home
I'm So Bored with the USA
Complete Control
London Calling
White Man In Ham Palais
Koka Kola
I Fought the Law
Jail Guitar Doors
The Guns Of Brixton
English Civil War
Clash City Rockers
Stay Free
Police and Thieves
Capital Radio
Janie Jones
Armagideon Time
Career Opportunities
White Riot

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Take the Fifth Tour


A collection of
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A collection of articles, interviews, reviews, posters, tour dates from the Clash's Take the Fifth US Tour covering the period of the Pearl Harbour Tour.

If you know of any articles or references for this particular gig, anything that is missing, please do let us know.


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)

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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The Clash Take the Fifth Tour
Supported by The Undertones

updated 13 Feb 2012 - added 4 photos
updated Dec 2014 - added poster

Audio 1

slight distortion - Sound 3 - 69min - unknown gen - 20 tracks - very distant

London Calling

A reasonable audience recording

A reasonable audience recording circulates of the gig spoilt by some slight over amplification/distortion. There’s a good degree of clarity, it’s not too many generations down from the master, but vocals and guitar are distant. Drums come over best but bass is low almost buried in the mix. Recording levels rise up and down during first part of Safe European Home as the taper wrestles with the notoriously loud Clash PA volume.

I was there

Stephen Gambino <sjgambino at>

Walnut St Theatre....I was there. The Undertones did not open and the show was not at the Tower Theatre.

I don't know where that Tower Theatre poster on your site came from...I guess that may have been the original venue and lineup but may have been moved to the smaller theatre for lack of sales. I know 'Give Em Enough Rope' had just been released and maybe the 1st was released at the same time?

Thanks for your site, I just started cataloging my live Clash shows and will be checking in a lot...Steve

Stephen J Gambino
Fearrington Village NC


Pass and ticket

Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest theatre in America opening in 1809 and still very much in business today. (see pics). The band would have had a kick about playing there as no doubt they were told that they would be performing on a stage that a host of famous actors had graced including Edward G Robinson, Marlon Brando, the Marx Brothers and even Houdini.

a very enthusiastic Philadelphia audience

Saturday night and Little Richard singing Rip It Up is playing as The Clash hit the stage and proceed to do just that to the very enthusiastic Philadelphia audience. The audiences on a number of the gigs on this tour did not know how to react to The Clash, staying in their seats, a cause of frustration to the band. But in Philadelphia the audience roar their approval after each song, Joe tells them between songs that they’re ‘brilliant’. Ray Lowry (link) said the audience stood and pounded their hands together for so long that Joe had to come out after the encore to say that they were too tired from travelling to play anymore. He stood in the front and said it was a terrific show.

The performance is very strong, the band though tired responding to the audience, but the recording cannot do it justice. The enthusiasm of the audience to an explosive Safe European Home is such that Joe breaks from the norm of greeting the audience after the third song; “..are you sure you can hear it, even up there (in the balcony)”.

Mick’s use of the dreaded effects boxes are very much in evidence throughout, for example on London Calling taking all the piss out of the intro. As the song ends Joe says while he picks out the tune “let me tell you about all the phoney Beatle mania that’s bitten the dust along with the chord changes to Pressure Drop that have escaped us.”

On English Civil War (there’s an edit before the start) the audience clap along to Mick’s strumming on the acoustic and Joe shouts “speed up” midway and the tempo speeds up. This ‘folk’ rendition of the song is a highlight of the concert as it was of the tour as a whole.

Before Stay Free (Mickey Gallagher plays unannounced) Joe addresses the audience memorably, “Hang on Topper, shut up a minute. You lot down here are brilliant, you really are brilliant, you understand that the more you give a group the more the group can give back.[crowd roar approval] We all wanna get off here you know not just you and me but him and him and him,[pointing at the band] we all wanna get off, so I’d just like to talk to you people up there in the balcony, you tell me if you think it stinks or what, shout boo if you don’t like it, [a solitary boo!], just remember you sit there taking away my soul and I’ll get you later!” Mick is presumably playing the old hollow electric guitar as at the Palladium the night before on Stay Free as you can hardly hear it.

Clampdown is dedicated “to all you eggheads” in the balcony. Following encouragement from Joe the crowd scream with him before Police & Thieves come crashing in, and at its end they give their longest roar of approval before the always-superb Capital Radio shreds them to pieces.

It’s the usual charge then through to the 3 song encore which left the audience screaming for more. By the evidence of Philadelphia many Americans were indeed connecting to The Clash. As Johnny Green has said this was the tour when it felt like The Clash were really starting to take off in the USA.

I was there

Brenda Siegelman
first show : Phila. Walnut St. Theatre , Sept . 1979. Philadelphia, then I went on to the Meriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland, Oct. 1979. Then on to Texas (Dallas , Austin & Lubbock) Oct 79, to California (LA & SF), then Portland, Seattle, Vancouver (Oct 79) and the Pacific NW. The whole Take the 5th tour.

I joined the 16 tons tour in Hastings Jan. 1980, and that was about a year , UK , US & Europe .. Bonds in 1981 , then the studio months. I left them in May 1982 - but went to Asbury Park NJ, summer 82 Philly ice rink & the NYC Pier. I went to one Clash II show.

The Clash Official

Philadelphia Daily News - Clash Collision

Fri Sep 21,1979

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