The Clash New Release & Competition

By Paul Fisher
Last updated : 15 October 2008

THE CLASH

Album 'Live at Shea Stadium'

DVD 'The Clash Live - Revolution Rock'

Both Available 6th October

SonyBMG release The Clash 'Live at Shea Stadium' album and 'The Clash Live - Revolution Rock' DVD simultaneously on 6th October. Recorded at New York's Shea Stadium in 1982, 'Live at Shea Stadium' captures the band at the peak of its powers and on devastating form. Bristling with energy and attitude, 'Live at Shea Stadium' is destined to feature alongside James Brown at the Apollo, The Who at Leeds and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison as one of the greatest live recordings of all time.

The Clash, opening for The Who on their farewell tour of the US, played two nights at the legendary Shea Stadium (12th & 13th Oct 1982). Recorded by Glyn Johns, the album features the second night's performance in its entirety. Despite being the support act, the New York Post reported "there were as many Clash fans on those nights as Who fans". One of the few remaining unreleased Clash treasures, the recordings have long been sought after by fans. The tapes were unearthed by the late Joe Strummer whilst packing for a move.

'Live at Shea Stadium' track listing:

Kosmo Vinyl Introduction
London Calling
Police On My Back
The Guns Of Brixton
Tommy Gun
The Magnificent Seven
Armagideon Time
The Magnificent Seven (return)
Rock The Casbah
Train In vain
Career Opportunities
Spanish Bombs
Clampdown
English Civil War
Should I Stay Or Should I Go
I Fought The Law

The Clash released their fifth album 'Combat Rock' prior to the US tour. The album contained the single 'Should I Stay or Should I Go', which received heavy airplay in the US. The following single, 'Rock the Casbah' was a Top 40 hit in the US, with heavy rotation on MTV. Original Clash drummer Terry Chimes, who appeared on the band's eponymously-titled debut album, plays on 'Live at Shea Stadium'.

Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets baseball team since its unveiling in 1964, has hosted some truly legendary shows. The Beatles were the first band to perform at the venue in 1965 and the success of that concert proved for the first time that stadiums could hold shows on such a large scale. Other acts that have appeared at Shea over the years include the Rolling Stones, The Police, Bruce Springsteen and Simon & Garfunkel. Sadly, the stadium has reached the end of its life and will be demolished around the time 'Live at Shea' is released.

'Live at Shea Stadium' will be available in deluxe ltd edition and standard CD formats.

'The Clash Live - Revolution Rock' DVD

Released on the same day, 'The Clash Live - Revolution Rock' features a host of rare and previously unreleased live performances and interviews. Directed by long-time Clash collaborator and Grammy-winning director Don Letts, the film follows the live transformation of the band. 'The Clash Live - Revolution Rock' incorporates footage from all phases of the band's meteoric career, beginning with live-in-the-studio clips and climaxing with a blow-out performance at Shea Stadium, audio of which appears on 'Live at Shea Stadium'.

Other highlights include performances from 1977 of 'Capital Radio' and 'What's My Name' on Tony Wilson's Granada TV show, 'Guns of Brixton' from the ABC show 'Fridays,' 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'This Is Radio Clash' from a 1981 visit to 'The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder' and footage from the 1983 US Festival, the Clash's last gig with Mick Jones. DVD extras include interviews on 'The Tomorrow Show' and NBC's 'Live at Five' programme.

'The Clash Live - Revolution Rock' tracklisting:

Complete Control
I Fought the Law (London Lyceum '79)
Police & Thieves (Munich '77)
What's My Name (Manchester Elizabethan Suite '77) - previously unreleased
Capitol Radio One (Manchester Elizabethan Suite '77) - previously unreleased
White Riot
I'm So Bored With the U.S.A. (Manchester Apollo '78) - previously unreleased
London's Burning (London Victoria Park '78)
1977
(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (Glasgow Apollo '78)
Tommy Gun
Safe European Home (London Music Machine '78)
London Calling (New York Bonds International Casino '81)
Clampdown (Lewisham Odeon '80)
The Guns of Brixton (Fridays '80)
Train in Vain (Lewisham Odeon '80)
This Is Radio Clash (The Tomorrow Show '81) - previously unreleased
The Magnificent Seven (The Tomorrow Show '81) - previously unreleased
Brand New Cadillac (Tokyo Sun Plaza Hall '82) - previously unreleased
Should I Stay or Should I Go (Shea Stadium '82)
Know Your Rights (US Festival '83) - previously unreleased

Career Opportunities (Shea Stadium '82)

'The Clash by The Clash' Biography

A major new autobiography, entitled 'The Clash by The Clash' will be unveiled on 6th October. Officially authorised by the band, the book will be available through Atlantic Publishing. It has been compiled from extensive interviews done with Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon originally recorded for the documentary Westway to The World.

Joe Strummer : We played Shea Stadium with The Who and it was fun to play Career Opportunities in a place like that, when six years earlier we'd written it in Camden Town.

Paul Simonon: During the Shea Stadium gig and other dates of that tour, Pete Townshend would come into our dressing room and we'd have a game of football. At Shea he said come back to our dressing room, so we did and there was Daltrey and all these miserable gits sitting around who wouldn't talk to us. So Pete came back to our dressing room with us.

Mick: Playing Shea Stadium was great. Even though we were the support act, it was still exciting, and we always prided ourselves on being able to play anywhere, from the smallest to the largest place. We shot the video there (for Should I Stay or Should I Go).

For further information on 'Live at Shea Stadium' and 'The Clash Live - Revolution Rock'

please contact:

Jakub Blackman at Howlin PR

0208 742 2009/07768 554625

jakub@howlinpr.co.uk

For further information on 'The Clash by The Clash'

please contact

Karen Duffy, Publicity Director Atlantic Books

0207 269 1621

karenduffy@groveatlantic.co.uk

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