Out of Control Tour '84

updated 2 Sept 2016 with better audio information
big update May 2020

Audio 1 -
bit distant but ok - Sound 2.3 - 1hr 23min - low? - 23 tracks


In the Pouring Rain

There are many recordings above average or better on this tour, and this is another one. Clear but distant, all instruments come through, and the vocals are up in the mix. The sound is concentrated at the top end. Three Card Trick cuts out the first side.

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Hara Arena was a 5,500-seat multi-purpose arena located in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Trotwood. The facility began as a ballroom in 1956, added an arena in 1964 and grew to a six-building complex which closed in August 2016.

On the night of May 27 & 28th, 2019, the property suffered extensive damage when tornadoes and severe storms moved through the area. The roof and sides of the structure were blown off in several places.

In October 2019, it was reported the existing facility would not be able to be salvaged due to the already existing damage having been compounded by the tornado.

In March 2020, it was announced the property had been rezoned and that demolition was likely to start soon.


London Calling
Safe European Home
Are You Ready for War?
English Civil War
Clash City Rockers
Rock the Casbah
The Guns Of Brixton
In the Pouring Rain
Koka Kola
Police and Thieves
Three Card Trick
Junco Partner
Sex Mad War
Janie Jones
I Fought the Law
Straight to Hell
Police on My Back
I'm So Bored with the USA
Brand New Cadillac
Complete Control

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.

Modern English rocks Texas-style country bar
The Guardian, Wright State University, Dayton, PAGE 7 - May 4 1984

  • "ONE OF THE PREMIER rock acts of last 10 years, The Clash, will play at Hara Arena this Tuesday. Rockabilly original Joe Ely will open, for The Clash, in what looks like might be a good show."

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    Trimmed-down group looks for harder-hitting Clash
    The Journal Herald - Sat May 5 1984

    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
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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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