For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Clash (and Joe Ely) Storm the Palladium in '79

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Way back in April of last year we revisited The Greatest Concert Ever, or so they say: The Clash at the Bronco Bowl on June 6, 1982. But tonight, we go back even further than that -- to the old Palladium on October 6, 1979, when Joes Strummer and Ely shared a Dallas stage at set's end, Ely singing his "Fingernails" followed by an all-out "White Riot" after a 20-song set that, even through the muddle of bootleg murk, is extraordinary. Historic, even.

I've been looking for this forever and found it just this evening, here, unmarked save for the date. Unzipped, it revealed itself as the second-gen recording extensively documented here, where the Clash chronicler writes, quite accurately, that "the more the decibels rise, the greater the distortion. Despite this all the instrumentation comes through and vocals are quite clear."

This, per Ponty Bone's recollection (complete with photos), was the third stop on the five-city stint opening for the Clash, of whom Ely speaks with nothing but reverence and affection to this day. "We just hit it off immediately," he told me at the Kessler in January. "It was an odd meeting of bands from remote, different places." But no so different, he goes on to explain. After all, the man who wrote "I Fought the Law," heard here at the mid-way point, was Sonny Curtis of Lubbock, just like Ely.
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spock
spock

dang robert, this is awesome.  thanks a million!

Gimarc
Gimarc

This concert was one of the early dates I had with my wife - quite some time before getting married... I was in awe... and she FELL ASLEEP at the show!  How did I continue seeing this gal !?!  Backstage - I was doing an interview with Joe and he told Mick to take his guitar out to the truck, Mick refused "I'm not your n***** !. and the two came to blows backstage. Silly me, I shut off my recorder and stepped back to watch the band split up. Wish I had kept the tape rolling... I was sure it was the end of one of my fave groups.  

ChrisU
ChrisU

 great story (as usual) but they did go on to make two more albums after this show, right?Combat Rock is an appropriate title in this case.

Texasdave60
Texasdave60

RW, your diggin through the history makes me so happy!  That was my first time to see Joe Ely.  The next year, I forced my then shipmates to see Joe open for Tom Petty at Norfolk Scope Areana the night before we departed on my first Nimitz cruise.  For sure, the swabbies were all into TP and the Heartbreakers.  However, on that cruise our boom boxes were all rocking Joe Ely!  Thanks, RW!

LaceyB
LaceyB

What a rockin' early 30 bday gift! And, to think, you were going to go with the Monkees, country-style. The third best call I made today! Thanks, Robert, as always!

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