Twenty years in the past right this moment (December twenty second), the music world misplaced one in all its biggest artists, legendary Conflict singer-guitarist Joe Strummer.
The punk icon’s passing in 2002 on the age of fifty was surprising, as he suffered a coronary heart assault attributable to an undiagnosed congenital coronary heart defect. A number of weeks previous to his dying, it was introduced that The Conflict could be inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame as a part of the Class of 2003.
And only a week after the Rock Corridor announcement, followers at a London profit for firefighters had been pleasantly shocked when Conflict bandmate Mick Jones jumped onstage to affix Strummer for 3 songs to finish the present — “Bankrobber,” “White Riot” and “London’s Burning.” It marked the primary time the 2 carried out collectively since Jones’ final Conflict present in 1983.
Consequence not too long ago caught up with Strummer’s widow, Lucinda Tait, who mentioned that shock efficiency on the profit live performance. “Mick came to the show, but it was not planned that he was going to get up at all,” recalled Tait. “He came to the show, and he literally said, ‘Hold my coat, I’m going up.’ And nobody was expecting it.”
As for the prospects of a Conflict reunion on the 2003 Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame induction ceremony had Strummer not handed away just a few months prior, Tait stated, “Joe definitely wanted The Clash to play at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But I think he said it was all dependent on everybody wanting to do it, as well. And that was not a given. So I think he would have liked it. Yes, I think he would have liked The Clash to have played at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
She continued, “But at the same time, he was very proud of [his then-current band] the Mescaleros. And he was really on a roll with his writing and his creativity with the Mescaleros. And I don’t think that, necessarily, it was in on his mind to get The Clash back together [long term], if you feel what I mean. I know he definitely wanted to do it for the Hall of Fame, though. He was so honored. It meant the world to him.”