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Mickey Gallagher’s last appearance

The 16 Tons tour ends as it begun with Mickey Gallagher back on keyboards and Mikey Dread guesting on the encore (although Mikey was not at the first handful of dates). It would be Mickey Gallagher’s last appearance, the band would return to being a four piece up and remain that way up to Mick’s departure.

They had planned to play their rescheduled London dates at two cinemas in Balham and the Mile End (see link) but these were closed down. The Clash were however finally allowed to play the famous Hammersmith Palais. They had previously tried to play there on previous tours. The Palais with its large unseated dance floor was ideal for Clash gigs, but the management had previously refused due to punk paranoia, fearing Clash fans would wreck the place.

Fortunately an excellent audience recording was made of the second of their two gigs at the Palais, a venue that would be forever associated with The Clash. Indeed, when the old incarnation of the Palais was closed in the 90’s (it has since survived closure and re-opened), the famous sign was appropriately offered to Joe Strummer.

A great set of photograph’s of the 16th June, taken by Pete Still are available to buy through and scans are available on Dave Moon’s excellent site; Photos of this night the 17th are on and one adorns the cover of the latest edition of Marcus Gray’s book.

Press reviews of the gig include one in the NME by Chris Bohn (see link) and Robin Denselow in the Guardian (see link). Chris Bohn’s is a typical Clash review in the music press at the time; he cannot but help be impressed “.. they do seem to get better, America has obviously helped” But a compliment is illogically twisted; “ their playing has obviously strengthened with the passing of time, they’ve become less prone to error, and consequently more predictable”. Somehow an acknowledgement that their music has now assimilated their roots has actually made them more musically conservative! He was presumably at the 16th as he quotes Mick as saying before White Man, “Let’s not get too sentimental about this” not heard on this recording.

In contrast Robin Denselow was very impressed; astutely noting“.. they have managed to combine their energy and fury with a fascination for rock history.”


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The Hammersmith Palais

The Hammersmith Palais on Shepherds Bush Road was built in 1919 and hundreds of marriages and subsequent little Londoners must have resulted over the years after a dance across the Palais ballroom! A famous London landmark in the jazz and swing band era, it became popular again in the 70’s and 80’s as a seat less venue (with balconies and bars at the side) where you could dance and move to live music, in contrast to its conservative, all seated neighbour, the Odeon up the road.

Joe, of course in 76/77 attended a reggae show there with Don Letts, which became the inspiration for The Clash’s generally accepted greatest song.

The Palais recently narrowly escaped extinction but has reopened as the Po Na Na nightclub with an association strangely enough with school

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London Dates and the rest of UK Tour dates

Guardian - Hammersmith Odeon Review

18 June 1980

NME Review

28 June 1980

Record Mirror Burning with water

21 June 1980

Thread with lots of comments from those who were there.

Had to sneak out the house to a mates to put on my pvc trousers

Kelvin Parker

Not there, my only gig with the Clash was at the Hammersmith Palais! I was 15 in 79. Had to sneak out the house to a mates to put on my pvc trousers, leopard skin creepers and mohair jumper. What a gig! I remember being at the bar with Joe Jackson. Great days! And now I play saxophone professionally! Ha ha

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Pics by Pete Still

PunkAndNewWave on X: "40 years ago today #TheClash played Hammersmith Palais in London. Now, where's that time machine? Pics by Pete Still." / X

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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'

16 Tons Europe Tour


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