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Less than 5 months after the last US tour

Less than 5 months after the last US tour The Clash were back in the USA for a short tour, a blitz of 9 gigs in 10 days in key cities. This reflects acceptance by the band that if they were to be able to break free of the CBS debt shackles they must break the huge American market. Indeed there was no complaint when the unrepresentative but commercial Train In Vain was released as a single in the US on February 12th.

America of course too retained its great fascination to Joe and Mick in particular, and the momentum from the two previous tours was really building by fans through word of mouth, in record sales, and not significantly in media coverage. As even Epic would have to concede the product was moving.

The tour had to end on the 10th to allow Paul to get to Vancouver where he was acting in the film All Washed Up with Steve Jones amongst others.

The band would fly everywhere, hiring stage gear locally, bringing only their instruments. Full support was provided by Mikey Dread, Lee Dorsey and all girl New Wave US band, The B-Girls. Mikey Dread would suffer outright hostility from audiences on the tour, and the inclusion of Lee Dorsey, another R’n’B legend out of fashion and favour was further evidence of The Clash wanting to pay their dues as they saw it.

It was to be the last tour under Jenner & King’s management, the last with Scratchy Barry Myers as DJ and most significantly the last with Johnny Green. The end of a Clash era.

Out of favour with the UK press the NME still sent Pennie Smith to produce a double page photo only spread. The US press articles in contrast were full of superlatives with Rolling Stone and Creem amongst others championing the band.

Various recordings

Of the 9 concerts played 6 recordings circulate, most of high quality. There is a video from the Passaic show and a short documentary of the New York show. The Clash said at the time that their aim was to be the greatest rock’n’roll band in the world. There is ample evidence from this tour that they achieved just that. The spontaneity and unpredictability of the all out chaotic charge of the ‘punk‘ years had been replaced with set pacing, greater musicianship and variety of musical styles. The killer punch was still there but as Joe described it they now chose to use short bursts of the hammer over the constant bang,bang,bang previously.






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The Warfield on Market Street is an old Vaudeville theatre with burgundy velvet walls and, curtained theatre boxes.

The Warfield on Market Street is an old Vaudeville theatre with burgundy velvet walls and, curtained theatre boxes. It had a capacity of 2,200 and is still owned by the infamous Bill Graham. On the Pearl Harbour Tour The Clash’s antipathy against Bill Graham and his stranglehold on San Francisco live music was open and caused waves. But in 1980 The Clash either compromised their earlier principles or bowed to the inevitable reality depending on your point of view. Joe argued in Creem “If you don’t go with Bill Graham in Frisco, he’s gonna ban cars from the street the gigs on and turn it into a car park before you get out of the airport”

The Clash played 2 nights at the theatre, 1st and 2nd March. Gray has the tour starting on the 2nd but Bob Gruen’s shot of the theatre confirms the dates. Ironically Apocalypse Now was showing at the cinema next door; a film that had already had a big impact on Joe and Mick in particular and would inspire a number of future songs.





The Fox-Warfield

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Warfield Theater in San Francisco is a 2300-capacity theater, built in 1922 at 982 Market Street. Throughout the entire period and right up through today, The Warfield has been a premier music venue in San Francisco, and the list of performers who have played there is like a rock history tutorial.

The Warfield was a premier rock concert venue in San Francisco from late 1979 onwards. It was a beautiful old theater, with wonderful acoustics, and over time more and more rock fans were willing to pay premium prices at the Warfield instead of a lesser price at a giant arena. You could probably write a book about the rock history of the Warfield, and it would be a good overview of late 20th century rock music.

The Warfield was one of the great Market Street movie palaces in San Francisco. It first opened on May 13, 1922. The theater was built by Vaudeville promoter Marcus Loew (1866-1938), and the theater was named after David Warfield, one of his best friends, and an original investor in what would become the MGM-Loews empire (of course, for the complete story, as always, you have to go to JerryGarciasBrokendownPalaces). The Loew's Warfield originally presented Vaudeville along with movies and theatrical productions. There may also have been a speakeasy associated with the theater in the 1930s. When Vaudeville died out, the Warfield mostly showed movies, but live performances returned in the 1940s.

Since there were live performances at the Warfield in the 1940s, they must have hired plenty of musicians.

The Warfield, under various names, continued as a movie palace. By the 1960s, the theater was known as the Fox-Warfield, a name it would keep for some time. The theater went through various owners, and the theater chain National General refurbished the theater in 1969. The theater re-opened in 1970 with a guest appearance by Mae West, promoting her film Sextette.

Throughout the 70s, the film mostly showed second-run fare. National General seems to have sold the Warfield to Mann Theaters, and by the end of the 70s it was owned by one Mike Thomas, who ultimately sold it to Bill Graham.

In 1979, the theater was still known as the Fox-Warfield, and that was what was on the marquee. If you bought a ticket at BASS (a Ticketmaster forerunner), it said "Warfield Theater," but informally the place was called the Fox-Warfield or The Warfield, If you lived in San Francisco or had been to the theater, you called it "Fox-Warfield" to casually indicate that you knew what was on the marquee (a very San Francisco thing).





A very San Francisco thing

[Comment] In 1979, the theater was still known as the Fox-Warfield, and that was what was on the marquee. If you bought a ticket at BASS (a Ticketmaster forerunner), it said "Warfield Theater," but informally the place was called the Fox-Warfield or The Warfield, If you lived in San Francisco or had been to the theater, you called it "Fox-Warfield" to casually indicate that you knew what was on the marquee (a very San Francisco thing).









Clash concert provides both relevance and good music

Oakland Tribune – 3 March 1980





The Clash Plays To Their Audience

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Record Mirror Dance Lightly INTERVIEW

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Idol Worship Fanzine

May 1980





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1980, The Clash perform at The Warfield in San Franscisco’s Bay Area. - Start of their 16 Tons Tour in the USA





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16 Tons US Tour


ARTICLES, POSTERS, CLIPPINGS ...

A collection of
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A collection of articles, interviews, reviews, posters, tour dates covering the period the 16 Tons tour of the US, March 1980.



VIDEO AND AUDIO

Video and audio footage from the tour including radio interviews.



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Return of the Last Gang in Town,
Marcus Gray

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Passion is a Fashion,
Pat Gilbert

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Redemption Song,
Chris Salewicz

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Joe Strummer and the legend of The Clash
Kris Needs

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

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