THE CLASH Live At Shea Stadium (1982/2008)

Live At Shea Stadium (2008)
Fuck Who?

Give The Who credit for having the balls to let these guys open for their ‘farewell’ tour. No surprise they kicked some ass. Though – between the rancor and the boos from the old guard, suspicious of punk – few seemed to know it at the time. Who fans gave them the back of their hands, but this document proves who had their heads up their collective asses. As clear and raw as their records. Not definitive, of course, but well done, nonetheless. Whoever produced this deserves a raise. Amazon.

Kosmo Vinyl Introduction (1:11)
London Calling (3:29)
Police On My Back (3:28)
The Guns Of Brixton (4:08)
Tommy Gun (3:19)
The Magnificent Seven (2:34)
Armagideon Time (2:56)
The Magnificent Seven (Return) (2:24)
Rock The Casbah (3:22)
Train In Vain (3:46)
Career Opportunities (2:06)
Spanish Bombs (3:18)
Clampdown (4:27)
English Civil War (2:40)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (2:44)
I Fought The Law (3:25)

20 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    February 23, 2012 - 08:22 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Gummo
    February 23, 2012 - 09:26 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard, I was at one of these ’82 Shea shows (I have a vague memory that there was more than one?) and they were odd affairs. The Who, to put it gently, were not at their best — it was still the ill-conceived Kenny Jones era. And seeing the Clash in a stadium was, well, just weird.

    So I’m looking forward to listening to this 30 years later and seeing how it sounds now.

  • 3
    Joe
    February 23, 2012 - 09:31 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard – this is great stuff!

  • 4
    pete
    February 23, 2012 - 10:51 | Permalink

    Isn’t it weird that in 82 all us in-the-know hip dudes figured the Clash were on the slide (having been the biggest band in the world two years earlier) and the ‘Oo were long gone dead, and yet it was the dinosaur who drew the big crowds? A useful reminder of something, maybe. Looking forward to listening.

  • 5
    Don from Oregon
    February 23, 2012 - 12:31 | Permalink

    I got to see them open for the Who at Kaiser Stadium in Oakland. John Hiatt opened, then the Clash played. It was really good. Sadly (or not, depending on your view), I was experiencing every color of the rainbow, because…well you know why. Needless to say, it was a VERY ENTERTAINING concert!
    And I can confirm that there was indeed a tremendous body rush when 18,000 people yelled at the same time “WERE ALL WASTED” during “Baba O’Riley”.
    *whew* – heady stuff!

  • 6
    Willard
    February 23, 2012 - 14:29 | Permalink

    Thanks for the stories.
    I sprang for The Who’s Farewell Pay-Per-View Show. Can’t remember how much it was. But, it’s still the only PPV “event” of any kind I’ve ever paid for. I remember we were all screaming at the imbecilic director who continually cut away to crowd shots while Townshend was windmilling right in the camera’s grill. I don’t even remember the music.

  • 7
    February 23, 2012 - 15:58 | Permalink

    A real hot platter Willard – Thanks

  • 8
    Sean
    February 23, 2012 - 18:43 | Permalink

    Thanks…I lost this disc but still have the case and book.

    “Not Definitive” is a good review. It is a great performance and well-recorded but short (they were the opening act) and misses many great tracks. I saw them in LA and was told before I went that The Clash was blowing the Who away, but I thought The Who were great that day. Me and 99,000 of my best friends? Ah, only when you are young.

  • 9
    Willard
    February 23, 2012 - 19:27 | Permalink

    I never held The Who’s bad years against them. They always worked hard to maintain a high quality and I always appreciated that, even if some the music wasn’t as good as their catalog… only some of the greatest rock music ever made.

  • 10
    buzz baby jesus
    February 23, 2012 - 21:40 | Permalink

    This is really something.

  • 11
    ate2zee
    February 25, 2012 - 16:04 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard! Never went to a Clash concert, but just watched a documentary about them called The Clash: Westway to the World from Netflix. Band members are interviewed long after their break-up, giving their individual impressions of the band’s beginnings, high & low points, & dissolution. There’s lots of archival footage that is priceless & bittersweet. They talk about performing at Shea–their amazement with how they’d gotten there. The documentary for me really captures their spirit & genius–its a work of art in & of itself.

    • 12
      Willard
      February 26, 2012 - 11:03 | Permalink

      Thanks for the tip.

  • 13
    February 26, 2012 - 13:12 | Permalink

    I lived not far from Shea Stadium, but as a dickhead punk rocker I did not go to this show- I felt the Clash were selling out by playing this, and that the Who were totally irrelevant.

    What an asshole I was!

  • 14
    Luca
    March 2, 2012 - 08:39 | Permalink

    Altough a great gig, check the live in amsterdam bootleg of the previous year: psychedelic dub raga clash era at their best! ah, it’s a soundboard/fm too…..

    • 15
      Willard
      March 2, 2012 - 11:05 | Permalink

      Thanks for the tip.

  • 16
    July 3, 2012 - 23:33 | Permalink

    The David Johansen Group was the opening act on both nights. The Clash had just fired Topper Headon and sounded awful as a result. The shows were recorded on 2 24 track machines by Glyn Johns, but what you hear on this CD has precious little to do with live music.

  • 17
    Willard
    July 4, 2012 - 07:34 | Permalink

    Thanks for the insight. I guess the post-manipulation explains the good sound.

  • 18
    Bret
    December 26, 2012 - 21:09 | Permalink

    Getting a “permission denied”
    Can this be re-upped?

    • 19
      Willard
      December 26, 2012 - 22:41 | Permalink

      New link up. Many thanks.

  • 20
    Bret
    December 27, 2012 - 20:35 | Permalink

    thanks for te quick fix!

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