Joe Strummer, with the Clash, helped make aggressive punk music a worldwide phenomenon. After a short successful U.S. tour in early 1979, the Clash returned for a second U.S. tour.
The new tour’s second stop was the poorly attended Tribal Stomp Potluck Picnic & Dance. The 6,000 seat Monterey Fairgrounds facility was half-empty.
But, as reported by Los Angeles Times pop music critic Charles Hillinger, “When the Clash hit the stage, the four-piece British group played with enough energy and commitment to satisfy an audience of 25,000.…