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March 19, 2021

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Miles

Two things I keep in mind when listening are that original drummer Terry Chimes has just re-joined (as Topper had just been fired) and he was more familiar with the early, punkier, faster songs, and they only had a relatively short 45 minute time slot for their set. So they absolutely rip through the songs, reviving many earlier ones which had long since been dropped from their live set, and the later-era material sounds so much more urgent. Plus, considering they are essentially breaking a “new” drummer in they are ridiculously tight. They do not waste a second and the set really shows how insanely good they were at this point.
Of course if you want the live Clash to groove a little more then much of From Here to Eternity has that looser feel, especially that version of Straight to Hell (“Sing in tune you bastards!”).

ricardo vaniamo

By 1982 The Clash AND The Who were well past their expiration dates.

Was Proxy

Alex, I was there both nights in 82 (still have the ticket stubs LOL) and they were not so much ill received as non-received. The stadium was maybe a quarter full for their set both nights and they were met more with aloofness than disdain. Your friend Rob is spot on. I of course bought the CD too. It sounds better in hindsight than the music did in a huge open air stadium.

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