Supported by N-E-1
The Clash go Back to Basics

updated 2 Feb 2008 - added new master recording
updated 14 July 2008 - added ticket

Audio 1 - good sound - Sound 2.5*/3* - 80min - unknown gen? - 24 tracks
misses Clash City Rockers, Koka Kola, Garageland

Quite a good sound on this recording, some distance and only the very lightest of overamplification on the bass detract.

Are You Ready for War?

Audio 2 - MASTER - Sound 3.5* - 99mins - master - 27 tracks

Are You Ready for War?

Running some 19 minutes longer with more talk and three extra tracks the sound is slightly better, a bit fuller.

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On february 1st, 1984 i played in the opening band for the clash at the fox theatre in san diego .. it was a great experience spending a considerable amount of time with joe and the band backstage after the show, at joe's request ..

we were called N-E-1 ..  a very eighties name .. Joe told me we should change our name to the Cadillacs or the Eldorados or something Spanish sounding 'cause we were so close to the mexican border in San Diego ..  Interesting that he later had the name Mescaleros ..

many picture takers / photographers were snapping away backstage, including some end of the night shots with our band and the clash ..

unfortunately, none of our people were taking any of the pictures .. 

do you have any suggestions for me as to who might have some photos from that gig ?

we were called N-E-1 ..  a very eighties name .. Joe told me we should change our name to the Cadillacs or the Eldorados or something Spanish sounding 'cause we were so close to the mexican border in San Diego ..  Interesting that he later had the name Mescaleros ..

thanks .. rob <>

KJSmythe - 24 May 2016, 16:40  - User
last one I worked. I was there. 

"The Clash wound through California, finally arriving at the Fox Theatre in San Diego on February 1. The show started late due to a standoff with authorities who insisted on a barrier in front of the stage in the 2,800-capacity venue. The band balked, despising such divisions between it and the audience.

Unable to get the powers-that-be to remove the barrier, Strummer channeled his anger, leading the band through a rousing show. While the newer songs came across well, many of the set's high points were Clash songs from 1977-78, songs that Jones had disdained playing, calling them "like the nagging old wife." Strummer, however, had never given up on the tunes, knowing they were important not only for the fans, but for reminding the band of its initial mission.

Toward the end of a blistering version of "White Riot"—a song that had once brought Strummer and Jones to blows when the latter refused to play it as an encore—were the lines "Are we going backward / or are we going forward?" This echoed the challenge Jones likely would have put to the band. But to Strummer, sometimes you had to go backward to get back on the right path to move forward.

The crowd's fervor had grown so intense by the encore that Strummer stopped the show to plead with people to back up so as to prevent anyone from getting crushed on the unwanted security fence. Despite the chaos, the show was a hopeful tour finale. Save for a ragged "Rock the Casbah"—Strummer stopped the song, had the band start it over, only to muff it himself after the last chorus—the group kept up with their singer, and the trek ended on a high note.

The real test was about to come: a return to their fervent—and demanding—British audience. Such fans could be jealous of the band's success abroad, and had noticed its lack of focus on home-front battles on recent records."

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
By Mark Andersen, Ralph Heibutzki
reference Stockton, Long Beach and San Diego

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Complete set



Intro Joe
London Calling
Career Opportunities
Safe European Home
Guns of Brixton
Sex Mad War
We Are the Clash
Rock the Casbah
Rock the Casbah again
Armagideon Time
Death or Glory
The Dictator
Magnificent 7
Three Card Trick
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Police and Thieves
Janie Jones
I’m So Bored with the USA
Police on My Back
White Riot
Thank You Chief (Ammunition)
Joe Talking - Crowd Crush
Tommy Gun
Brand New Cadilac
I Fought the Law
Clash City Rockers
Koka Kola
This is Radio Clash

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

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Fort Worth Star & Telegram Wed Jan 25 1984
A new Clash album is expected next month.

CLASH REGROUPS The new lineup of the Clash is set. Drummer Pete Howard and guitarists Nick Sheppard and Vince White are the new members, joining holdovers Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon.

In many ways, we're a brand new band," Strummer said. "We want to get used to working together and see how the songs work live. I'd like to go back and capture that lean, tough sound we had on the first album. I think we got a little to arty in places after that."

A new Clash album is expected next month. In the meantime. former Clash mem-bers Mick Jones and Topper Headon are rumored to be forming a new band together.

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

Vince White describes this gig extensively in his Clash biog, The Last Days of the Clash, page 78

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
By Mark Andersen, Ralph Heibutzki
reference Stockton, Long Beach and San Diego

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Backstage interview with Joe and Paul, Santa Barbara, the opening night. The full interview is 11:44mins

Part 2 is here

Joe Strummer Interview Ltd Edition picture disk

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The Clash - January 1984 Interview

Joe interviewed by Mary Hart, includes live Clash performance for around a minute (brief Clampdown, I Fought the Law from the January US tour). The video is of the band on a bus and playing somewhere which could be from any of the early gigs on this mini-tour. Also interestingly includes Bonds press conference snippet.

Joe Strummer Interview Radio Stockholm,
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Joe Strummer interviewed by Lisa Robinson for WNYC?

This 2-part interview presents polar extremes of Joe Strummer. The first part most likely takes place in late 1983, after Mick Jones left the band but before the new Clash line-up started touring together. The majority of this segment involves Strummer heatedly discussing all the reasons Jones was fired. He then goes on to talk animatedly about the new incarnation of the band and how everyone in America is on drugs.

In the second part of the interview, recorded in the beginning of 1984, Strummer sounds melancholy and exhausted. However, with the departure of Mick Jones from The Clash being old news by this point, Lisa Robinson is able to steer the questioning towards what Strummer makes of performing, success, and his music.

Part 1
00:00 Why Mick was fired: emotional blackmail
01:15 Bitterness
01:56 Success vs. personal problems
02:48 Mick's vision for the band / guitar synth
03:59 Who/what constitutes The Clash
06:10 Making a not-so-great Clash album: Combat Rock
07:05 Glyn Johns saves Combat Rock (as per Joe Strummer)
07:55 Glyn Johns ruins Combat Rock (as per Mick Jones)
08:35 Forcing Mick Jones to sing "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
10:22 An honorable way for a band to go out
11:00 The two new guitarists (Vince White, Nick Sheppard)
11:39 Hoping to be possessed
12:40 A divorced writing partnership with Mick / "Death is a Star"
14:02 Writing with Paul Simonon / road-testing new songs
14:55 Pete Howard on drums
15:07 Recording a new album
15:49 The US Festival
16:46 Everybody in America is on drugs
18:29 [phone]: Mick Jones' response

Part 2
00:00 Other aspirations / graphic artist
00:51 Growing up with a diplomat father
01:57 A feeling of homelessness
02:29 Slagged for being middle-class
02:59 The reaction in Britain to the disbanding of The Clash
03:45 Taking some criticisms to heart
04:25 Not enjoying playing in stadiums
05:45 Crowd behavior / whose fault
07:13 The ideal performing situation
07:49 Pros and cons for The Clash getting bigger
08:30 Avoiding the problems of The Who
09:09 The commercial success of Combat Rock
10:48 [A false start]
11:07 Joe's opinion of The Clash's music
12:11 Musical influences
12:45 The blues boom of the 60's in Britain
15:05 Re-selling R&B to the U.S.

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