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2nd night in Bristol

This should of been their 2nd night at the Colston Hall in Bristol on 25th February but got moved to a 2nd night on the 11th of June 1980. Below two original tickets & a pass.

Date: CBS Internal News magazine

CBS Internal News magazine released (containing 12 printed sides) on this the 14th of March 1980 Covering the Clash's 16 Tons Tour & Toppers torn thumb ligament




Colston Hall

The Clash played at Colston Hall on the White Riot Tour, and would return again in 1984. The Hall is still very much in use today, with its 1867 front façade and excellent acoustics. Although seats can be removed today, they could not be back in 1980. The Colston Hall stage and auditorium can be seen in the dreadful Hearts of Fire film where it was used to film Dylan’s ‘live’ performance. Sadly, it is named after a slave trader.


Just a small postscript for you.  After years of campaigning (and a famously toppled statue), the Colston Hall has now been rebranded as Bristol Beacon. A multimillion pound refurbishment has also been undertaken. There are various nods to past glories scattered throughout the extensive lobby/communal areas (Beatles, Stones etc.. in the 60s) including The Clash.

Cheers, Ian <>

Bristol Fanzine Story So Far

(printed summer 1980)

They were so good to their fans

I had a little beer back in June myself, as I first saw the Clash 25 years ago in Bristol, was just 17 at the time. Met the whole band after the show and had a good chat with Joe. They were so good to their fans. Got a copy of the concert boot recently and was amazed at the sound and energy and general quality of the playing, amazing. Ray

Under 18s policy at Colston

May have been postponed to the 10th June. 2nd punter says it definately went ahead on this date. Anon1 theBristol Locarno gig on 13th Jan 1980. If my memory serves correctly I'm fairly sure that this gig was cancelled. My recollection is that I wanted to go but didn't get a ticket because I feared not gaining entry as the venue was over 18's only and I was a very young looking 16 @ the time and had previously experienced difficulty gaining entry at the same venue.

I can recall being delighted when the gig was re scheduled for the Colston Hall as there wereno age restrictions there.Tony Griffiths <tony_griffiths(at]>

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16 Tons Europe Tour


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

A collection of articles, interviews, reviews, posters, tour dates covering the period the 16 Tons tour of the Europe and the UK in May and June and any other articles through to the end of the year.


Video and audio footage from the tour including radio interviews.


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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