Why didn't Mickey Gallagher return for the Sandinista! tour?

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Why didn't Mickey Gallagher return for the Sandinista! tour?

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Personally, I love the five-piece lineup of the Clash that played during 1980, with Mickey on keys. He added a new dimension to their live sound, and considering the fact that he was all over the Sandinista album, I wonder why they didn't invite him back for their 1981 gigs in support of the album. Could they not afford to pay for a fifth musician? Was he busy with other commitments? Or did they just not think he was necessary?

For one thing, it would be awesome to hear songs such as "Broadway" and "One More Time" live with Mickey's contributions to them. Help me out, Clash historians! :D

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Didn't he break his arm playing football with the Clash? Not sure what year that was though.

I definitely think money would have been an issue in 1981. They were meant to be doing a world tour in early 81 but CBS pulled the plug for financial reasons.
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InthePouringRain wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 1:28pm
Personally, I love the five-piece lineup of the Clash that played during 1980, with Mickey on keys. He added a new dimension to their live sound, and considering the fact that he was all over the Sandinista album, I wonder why they didn't invite him back for their 1981 gigs in support of the album. Could they not afford to pay for a fifth musician? Was he busy with other commitments? Or did they just not think he was necessary?

For one thing, it would be awesome to hear songs such as "Broadway" and "One More Time" live with Mickey's contributions to them. Help me out, Clash historians! :D

I know he and NWR were very upset about the writing credits issue so that may have been part of it

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In the light of what the extra musicians would have brought to arrangements, bringing in writing credits that said the Clash actually looks a little spiteful.
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Silent Majority wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 4:17pm
In the light of what the extra musicians would have brought to arrangements, bringing in writing credits that said the Clash actually looks a little spiteful.
Back to the old top line melody and lyrics makes the song argument. Pretty commonplace back then to have that Tin Pan Alley model. Things are different now.
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Heston wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 1:48pm
Didn't he break his arm playing football with the Clash? Not sure what year that was though.

I definitely think money would have been an issue in 1981. They were meant to be doing a world tour in early 81 but CBS pulled the plug for financial reasons.
The football item was what I've heard from multiple sources. Still seems like they could have brought him up by October if he broke his arm in March or April of 81.

Looks like he was making Blockheads gigs in June of 81:


I'm guessing that band took precedence if there was overlap. But I haven't found good documentation of their 81 shows beyond some shows listed on setlist.fm.
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IkarisOne wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 3:45pm
InthePouringRain wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 1:28pm
Personally, I love the five-piece lineup of the Clash that played during 1980, with Mickey on keys. He added a new dimension to their live sound, and considering the fact that he was all over the Sandinista album, I wonder why they didn't invite him back for their 1981 gigs in support of the album. Could they not afford to pay for a fifth musician? Was he busy with other commitments? Or did they just not think he was necessary?

For one thing, it would be awesome to hear songs such as "Broadway" and "One More Time" live with Mickey's contributions to them. Help me out, Clash historians! :D

I know he and NWR were very upset about the writing credits issue so that may have been part of it
Didn't the legal stuff with Norman and Mickey come later? Possibly around the time of Story of the Clash?
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matedog wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 6:09pm

Looks like he was making Blockheads gigs in June of 81:
Just watching snippets of that, god NWR is such a shit hot bass player. I mean, it seems like that to this non-bass player.
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matedog wrote:
02 Apr 2021, 9:42am
matedog wrote:
01 Apr 2021, 6:09pm

Looks like he was making Blockheads gigs in June of 81:
Just watching snippets of that, god NWR is such a shit hot bass player. I mean, it seems like that to this non-bass player.
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