Promotional portrait of British punk rock group The Clash, 1983. Left to right, Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, Pete Howard, and Joe Strummer (1952 - 2002).

If The Clash were “The Only Band That Matters,” then by that logic, Joe Strummer was “The Only Frontman That Matters.”

The late Strummer would’ve turned 65 today (August 21), and his voice and insight are incredibly missed.  The fact that he left this world a mere month before The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes his loss all the more heartbreaking.

But today, we do not mourn; we honor.  By far, one of the best tributes to Strummer came at the 2003 GRAMMYs when Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Steven Van Zandt, Pete Thomas and Tony Kanal joined forces for an all-star jam of “London Calling.”  As far as GRAMMY tributes go, it’s certainly one of the best.

In fact, it’s the only one that matters.

Joe Strummer Tribute (Grammy Award 2003) - London Calling

A tribute performance by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Steve Van Zandt and Elvis Costello of "London Calling," by the Clash Video 2003 - Grammy Award


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

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