Out of Control Tour '84

updated 2 Sept 2016 with better audio information

Audio 1 -
Serious over amplification! - Sound 1 - 1hr 30mins - master - 23 tracks

Magnificent Seven

One overloaded recorder!! You can easily sing along but there is a lot of distortion, the vocals can just be made out. The atmosphere seems absolutely charged like no other. The recorder must have been placed onto top of the amps! Link to Satch's

A fan at the gig suggests Ready For War is missing and he said he's fairly sure that Dictator was also played this night.

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10 fantastic photos of The Clash at Worcester Centrum taken by Jeff Thiebauth. Jeffs photos can be found here


Most of the reviews were written by Steve Morse, the long time rock critic for the Boston Globe and clearly a fan of the clash (he traveled to NY, NJ and Wash DC to review the band). As a native of Boston and a 25+ year fan of the Clash I have always enjoyed and agreed with his reviews. That can't be said for Jim Sullivan who wrote the Sept. 7, 1982 review. I was at that show and I have never had such a disagreement with a review and to this day, I can't hear (or write!) the words Jim Sullivan with out thinking about how far off the mark that review was (call me obsessed!), other's radio DJs at the time agreed. I thought it was a great show. I have included Sullivan's review just for the historical record. If you post it I may send my own memories of the show at a later date.

Boston Globe Review


Author(s): Steve Morse Globe Staff Date: April 16, 1984 Page: ????? Section: ARTS/ FILMS

As the Clash's music roared along and destroyed inhibitions, kids from all sides started jumping on stage. Up to a dozen were up there at one time, trying to hug the musicians or raise a fist, blurt a lyric into a mike or beam triumphantly at their friends in the crowd. It was all just euphoric madness until a member of the Clash's road crew blew his cool by using excessive force to shove a youth off stage.

That's all it took to ignite singer Joe Strummer, who spotted the incident and screamed, "Human beings are going to be treated like human beings, even in this fascist country

The road crew culprit was later "reprimanded severely," according to a source backstage. But the point of the incident was clear: The Clash have never felt superior to their fans, and they won't tolerate any of them being harmed.

Although they have three new members, the Clash conclusively proved they are as plucky and persistent as ever. As the noblest remnants of the British punk movement, they have a lot to live up to, but they lived up to all of it with a scorching show in front of 9400 revved-up fans on Friday.

They played at nearly earbleeding level, but most ears were willingly sacrificed to the band's supersonic thrust. Though now minus charter guitarist Mick Jones, who was kicked out of the Clash because of "laziness" according to Strummer, the band has rebounded beautifully with two eager, hungry 24-year- old axmen, Vince White and Nick Sheppard. Where Jones favored a looser, fatter sound, White and Sheppard play through Marshall amps for a steely, knife-edged sound that has given the Clash a more jarring rock feel than ever before.

The night's adrenaline-charged rush began quickly with "London Calling," as the recommitted Strummer, stalking the stage in a fearsome mohawk haircut, erupted into a series of primal screams. From then on - from older punk anthems like "Safe European Home" and "White Riot," to new songs like the provocative "Are You Ready for War?" and "Sex-Mad World" - Strummer lifted off to another dimension.

Like a deranged showman, he waved the mike stand overhead and occasionally banged it into drummer Pete Howard's crash cymbals. He also jumped into the crowd on "Rock the Casbah" (played as high-velocity rock minus the disco sheen of the original), and barked out so many defiant political raps that a few fans muttered he should be renamed Chairman Joe.

It was plain that despite personnel changes, Strummer sought to show the Clash have retained their revolutionary impulses. "There's a need for The New Human Being' - anti-racist and anti-sexist!" he screamed at one point. "Are we going to turn into our parents or what? Look what happened to them!" he then shrieked before belting out "Working for the Clampdown."

The theme of working-class revolt was reinforced by a stark grey-black stage set designed to be an abstract representation of a factory. Ten TV screens were interspersed throughout, and though they couldn't be seen by most fans in the arena, they were used in place of one giant screen because the Clash refused to employ anything that could not be in the normal worker's home, manager Bernie Rhodes said later.

Some of the videos were entertaining, such as old performing shots of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. But others were violent, including newsreels of street fights during bassist Paul Simonon's blaring "Guns of Brixton," and various scenes from martial arts movies, Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns and James Bond's "Goldfinger."

It's a violent world, the Clash continually suggested, while reasserting the power of rock 'n' roll to cut through the numbness before it's too late.

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The DCU Center (originally Centrum in Worcester, formerly Worcester's Centrum Centre and commonly Worcester Centrum. The Centrum, or officially Centrum in Worcester as it was then known, opened in September 1982 after years of construction delays, with a capacity of roughly 12,000. The venue received further updates with the DCU naming rights purchase.


London Calling
Safe European Home
This Is Radio Clash
Three Card Trick
Rock the Casbah
The Magnificent Seven
The Guns Of Brixton
Police and Thieves
Sex Mad War
White Man In Ham Palais
Armagideon Time
Police On My Back
Janie Jones
I Fought the Law
Spanish Bombs
I'm So Bored with the USA
Tommy Gun
Career Opportunities
Brand New Cadillac
White Riot

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)

from Songkick (cannot be relied on)
... both have lists of people who say they went

& from the newer Concert Database

Also useful: Ultimate Music datbase, All Music, Clash books at DISCOGS

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

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

The plucky Clash persistent as ever
The Boston Globe - Mon Apr 16 1984
Steve Morse

The Clash: Rebels of Rock Return
Boston Globe calender - 14 Apr 1984

Photos from The Clash at the Orpheum on March 9, 1980, and at the Worcester Centrum on April 13, 1984.

All Photography: Copyright Jeff Thiebauth

Checkout Vince White's Clash biog, The Last Days of the Clash

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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