Coinciding with the end of Shea Stadium (and yet another Mets season), there's one shiny memory bit that's surfaced. This week, Epic released "The Clash: Live at Shea Stadium," the recordings of the 1982 concert where they opened for the Who.
In this AP story, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon recall their meetup with the headliners slightly differently:
Jones is more gracious in his memory, saying he "adored" the Who and was honored to play on the same bill.
"There was a certain element of passing on the baton," he said. "They were on one of their farewell tours and we were an up-and-coming group. We came from the same area of London so we felt there was some kind of a bond. That was probably why we were asked to do it."
One speculation about why the show was recorded in the first place is that the band was filming the video for "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" (for the record, one of my least favorite Clash songs).
Doesn't make a lot of sense, but while I wait to get the record (even in these peanut-butter-and-tortilla times) here is the video in question, with footage of the band arriving in the grotty parking lot and a live version of the song. Ah, Queens. Ah, Shea.