Live At Shea Stadium
Performing as the opening act on the Who’s 1982 tour, and breaking up within the year, the Clash were in unfamiliar territory as they took the rainy stage at Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets and 72,000 Who fans. But the band’s anthemic power which overwhelmed small clubs was perfectly effective in the arena environment. This is the complete set from their second and final night appearance. As an opening act, the band strategically loaded their set to include an immediate one-two knockout punch with “London Calling” and “Police on My Back” thrusting forth with their aggressive side. From there the group were quick to introduce their various musical influences with the staggered reggae beat of “The Guns Of Brixton,” the dance-funk of “Magnificent Seven” and the reggae jam of “Armagideon Time” before launching into their hits, “Rock The Casbah” and “Train In Vain”. Clash classics such as “Career Opportunities,” “Spanish Bombs” and “Clampdown” deliver without compromise and Strummer is completely fearless, even taunting the hostile crowd.