Last week saw what would have been Joe Strummer’s 68th birthday. In celebration of The Clash lead singer, a host of current rock stars took to their webcams to provide a fitting tribute as part of a two-hour show dedicated to the singer called A Song for Joe: Celebrating the Life of Joe Strummer.
As well as Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, there were also appearances from the likes of Josh Homme, Nikolai Fratuire, Jeff Tweedy, Hinds, Bob Weir and Jesse Malin.
The event also saw special moments from Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi and Bruce Springsteen who offered up messages of appreciation and thanks for the music Strummer created.
The Boss left a message for Strummer calling him “the brother that I never had” while the event began with a special message form the man himself, “Music is not the point. What matters is how much spirit you put into it, how much intelligence you put into it,” he said.
“Does it have any meaning? Will it communicate to other people? When you really communicate with other people, that’s when they say you’re the greatest rock and roll band in the world. ‘Cause we’re doing, really, is trying to communicate something.”
That message kickstarted a run of incredible covers as Morello performed ‘Bankrobber’, Josh Homme took on ‘Train In Vain’, Hinds sang ‘Spanish Bombs’ among a host of other acts all taking on Strummer classics.
“To see so many musicians and artists come forward to honour Joe is really touching,” Strummer’s widow, Lucinda Tait, said in a statement before the show.
“Community was always important to him. Whether it was playing music with friends, organizing all night campfires, or hijacking festivals, Joe was always focused on bringing people together. Even though we can’t all be in the same room together, I cannot think of a better way for us all to feel united. Joe would have loved this.”
You can watch A Song for Joe in full below: