Out of Control Tour '84

update 2 Sept 2016 - set up page

Audio 1 -
Sound 3.5 - 1hr 20min - decent- 23 tracks
Fades out at Tommy Gun

Are You Ready for War?

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The opening night of US Tour...

Alex Chilton played BOTH the Nashville and Knoxville shows with the outstanding New Orleans bassist Rene Coman (now with The Iguanas). The main drummer for the band, Ross Johnson played both shows. You had the best, most technically proficient and creative lineup, the premier rock lineup for panther burns at both shows. Unfortunately, The Clash fans were not interested in that sound, and that's ok. I will read whatever Vince White had to say as well, but he also notes he was not sober at Clash shows he particpated in except for one show at the end of a tour, so I imagine he had other things to think about. I've ordered Vince's book.

The Nashville gig went smoothly; the booing incident took place in Knoxville. In Knoxville the band could not hear themselves thanks to a bizarre stage setup involving placing the opening act in front of the front curtain side by side, firing squad style, with only four feet of floor in front of them. There was a miscue at one point on either an open tuning/standard tuning confusion or a song form miscue, and this set off the hostility.


You list the Cut the Crap-era Clash as playing Nashville on March 27 and Knoxville on March 28, 1984. I went to both shows, and the Nashville show came first. The Nashville show was much better, but was marred by a bizarre crowd incident--my friend Dave W. was involved. He was standing on the bleachers like everyone else, but some drunk sorority girl from Vandy kept kicking him in the back of his legs for half the Clash's set. He finally got fed up and kicked her back, and it sent her falling over. It broke her leg in three places, and show security immediately set after Dave, who had to flee immediately or get the shit knocked out of him. She was taken to Vandy hospital of course, and after hearing about her side of the incident, Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon paid her a visit in hospital before moving on to the show in Knoxville at UT Alumni Hall, a much smaller venue about 3 hours away by car. Tav Falco & Panther Burns did in fact open both shows, but only at the Nashville show were they the full line-up--they played a full opening set at Vanderbilt in the basketball auditorium, but by the time they played Knoxville, the second guitarist and the piano player had quit and--of all people--Alex Chilton was drafted in to play guitar in their place, even though it immediately became clear to the audience that Alex obviously did not know the songs at all. The "band" played about 6 songs in total, and the booing got so bad that the drummer stopped playing several times to smile and sarcastically blow kisses at the audience.


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01. London Calling
02. Safe European Home
03. Are You Red..y
04. Rock The Casbah
05. The Magnificent Seven
06. This Is England
07. Clampdown
08. The Guns Of Brixton
09. Three Card Trick
10. Spanish Bombs
11. Armagideon Time
12. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
13. This Is Radio Clash
14. Police And Thieves
15. Sex Mad Roar
16. Janie Jones
17. I Fought The Law
18. Jericho
19. Koka Kola
20. I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.
21. Brand New Cadillac
22. Police On My Back
23. Tommy Gun (fade out)

There are several sights that provide setlists but most mirror www.blackmarketclash.co.uk. They are worth checking.

from Setlist FM (cannot be relied on)

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& from the newer Concert Database

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A collection of interviews, features, articles and tour information from April to August 1984.

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Clash Comes To Town, Seeks Hank's Haunts

The Tennessean Tue Mar 27 1984

When outlaw British rockers The Clash arrived in Nashvilile to kick off their U.S. tour, the first thing they wanted to do was go somewhere Hank Williams would've gone. That's how the patrons of Tootsie's Or-chid Lounge on Lower Broadway wound up playing host to the world's most contro-versial band yesterday afternoon. While the music of Hank Snow, Tom T. Hall, Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline boomed on the jukebox, Mohawk-haired Joe Strummer sat in the back booth mus-ing about the music of the American working-class. "Nobody really thinks new country is as good as the music they made when Wild Side of Life and I'm Movin' On were popu-lar," said group leader Strummer.

Clash Makes a Splash
The Tennessean Wed Mar 28

The Clash introduced its new show, the first of a 49-date na-tional tour, last night before a capacity crowd in Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium. The ever-evolving British band
bowed three new members be-fore the Nashville audience, dem-onstrating its on-going commit-ment to top-notch talent. The students shouted and lept to their feet at the opening beats of London Calling as Clash leader
Joe Strummer held the side of his head and dolefully barked out the lyrics. Throughout the show he displayed a high sense of rock & roll dramatics.

Wanted - This local newspaper report. Maybe student magazine?

Vince White describes this gig in his Clash biog, The Last Days of the Clash, page 109. He mentions an interview the band did for Channel 4 which appears on US TV that night.

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
By Mark Andersen, Ralph Heibutzki

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The Clash - Toronto Bus Interview April 1984

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.

Joe Strummer Interview Ltd Edition picture disk

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