February 4, 2023

Twenty years in the past at the moment (December twenty second), the music world misplaced certainly one of its best artists, legendary Conflict singer-guitarist Joe Strummer.

The punk icon’s passing in 2002 on the age of fifty was sudden, as he suffered a coronary heart assault brought on by an undiagnosed congenital coronary heart defect. A number of weeks previous to his demise, it was introduced that The Conflict can 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 stunned when Conflict bandmate Mick Jones jumped onstage to hitch 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 just lately caught up with Strummer’s widow, Lucinda Tait, who mentioned that shock efficiency on the profit live performance. “Mick got here to the present, nevertheless it was not deliberate that he was going to stand up in any respect,” recalled Tait. “He got here to the present, and he actually stated, ‘Maintain my coat, I’m going up.’ And no person was anticipating it.”

As for the prospects of a Conflict reunion on the 2003 Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame induction ceremony had Strummer not handed away a couple of months prior, Tait stated, “Joe undoubtedly wished The Conflict to play on the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame. However I believe he stated it was all depending on everyone desirous to do it, as nicely. And that was not a given. So I believe he would have appreciated it. Sure, I believe he would have appreciated The Conflict to have performed on the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame.”

She continued, “However on the identical time, he was very pleased with [his then-current band] the Mescaleros. And he was actually on a roll along with his writing and his creativity with the Mescaleros. And I don’t suppose that, essentially, it was in on his thoughts to get The Conflict again collectively [long term], when you really feel what I imply. I do know he undoubtedly wished to do it for the Corridor of Fame, although. He was so honored. It meant the world to him.”

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