16 Tons Tour Europe/cancelled dates due to Toppers injury.

last updated Jan 2024

Audio 1

bass heavy - sound 2.5 - time 1hr 16mins - unknown generation - tracks 25

Train in Vain

Sound Quality

The circulating tape has been copied too many times, losing most of the top end leaving a bass heavy flat and thin sound. There is some detail with little distortion except on the bass.

The drums, vocals and lead come across reasonably but all suffer from distance, and vocals are mainly too poor to hear Joe’s song adlibs. It is a largely un-engaging audience recording and with other much better sounding ones from the European 16 Tons Tour, this is an inessential bootleg.

Rescheduled due to Toppers hand injury

Some sources date this gig as the 14th but it was rescheduled due to Toppers hand injury. Sadly it has poorest sound and the least inspired performance of the other wise well-documented European leg of the 16 Tons Tour. There is little evidence here of the angry reaction and violence that The Clash experienced in Hamburg the following night. The audience sound largely muted throughout.


Clash City Collectors – Original Ticket from the night kindly shared by Jörg Hummes


The Philipshalle

The Philipshalle (name checked by Joe before White Man) is a large prestigious venue still very much in use today. Unseated it has a capacity up to a huge 7000.

The Mitsubishi Electric Halle, formerly known as the Philipshalle, is an indoor arena located in Düsseldorf, Germany. It was opened in 1971 and has a capacity of 7,500 people. The arena has hosted a variety of events, including concerts by artists such as The Police, The Rolling Stones, and U2. It was originally named after the Dutch electronics conglomerate Philips and was renamed the Mitsubishi Electric Halle in April 2011. The venue has been a significant cultural and entertainment hub, attracting a range of iconic performers and events over the years

It’s generally a return to the usual 16 Tons set but with some major differences. Joe says “Nicht sprekinze Deutch!” and as a result attempts little communication with the audience. Highlights include a strong White Man introduced as “White man in the Philipshalle , Hammersmith Broadway” but his adlibs at the end are unclear.

City Of the Dead makes an always welcome reappearance, not played since January and returns because of the lukewarm reception in Dusseldorf?.

48 Hours is back too and would be played on most nights of this leg of the tour. The unreleased Somebody Got Murdered is powerful. Before Jail Guitar Doors Joe sings in heavy echo to great effect “54-46 That’s My Number, right now someone else has that number” then a slow drum roll from Topper before the usual intro kicks in. Joe does not sing the usually improvised for the night verse after Mick’s guitar solo, in fact neither Mick or Joe sing anything at this point!

Further evidence that tonight is not an inspired performance comes on Police & Thieves with an unusually for the 16Tons Tour, ‘straight’ intro and at the point where he usually launches into an ad-libbed rant he says “quick finish”. Joe’s adlibs are unclear on the ending of Clampdown, which seems to fizzle out.

What is inspired tonight is an amusing adlib on an excellent Jimmy Jazz. Presumably the band had a difficult time with German customs (maybe they knew they were just back from Jamaica!) as Joe sings “Police came in saying what we got here? You guys take your trousers down right now, spread your cheeks wide!, There’s something up your asshole! We Polizei have the right to ? your asshole ..That’s right wait right here, drop your clothes, spread your cheeks and kiss the floor! Meanwhile I’m going to have my lunch!” The song continues as just drum and bass as the audience ‘wait’ for the Officer to return, Joe’s adlibs then include Rastafari and a little bit of Swiss cheese. The mind boggles!

Hate and War makes its first return since July 79 and the set ends with London Calling. The audience do shout and whistle for more but from the recording at least the reaction sounds pretty muted and they presumably as a result get just one encore. The band return and play a great Janie Jones rather than the usual encore opening Armagideon Time then return to the latter losing the impetus. Next Topper’s bass drum beats out the intro to Complete Control with extra drum rolls. A charged London's Burning closes the show.

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The Clash: Der Tag, an dem der Punkrock starb

21. September 2016
Am 18. Mai 1980 traten „The Clash“ in der Philipshalle auf. Und ihr Techniker tötete den Punk.

(English PDF version)

Blog: The Clash & Nighthawks & Male

@Philippshalle, Düsseldorf
English translated; Original German



Clash City Rockers
Brand New Cadillac
Safe European Home
Koka Kola
I Fought the Law
White Man In Ham Palais
The Guns Of Brixton
Train In Vain
City Of the Dead
48 Hours
Somebody Got Murdered
Jail Guitar Doors
Police and Thieves
Jimmy Jazz
Stay Free
English Civil War
Hate and War
Tommy Gun
London Calling
Janie Jones
Armagideon Time
Complete Control
London's Burning

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