This Friday will be Joe Strummer’s birthday, and at 8pm UK time the music and arts community is coming together for a global event to celebrate Joe Strummer’s legacy as a solo musician and singer of The Clash. Produced by Jesse Malin, Jeff Raspe and Joe Strummer estate manager, David Zonshine, A Song for Joe: Celebrating the Life of Joe Strummer will be a two-hour event that will stream for free at JoeStrummer.com, with all donations benefiting the Save Our Stages campaign which is currently making a final push to Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act and the Restart Act in order to keep independent venues across the US from closing permanently.
The night will be hosted by Jesse Malin and will feature never before seen live footage of Strummer, alongside special performances and testimonials by many of the former Clash front man’s friends and peers.
“To see so many musicians and artists come forward to honour Joe is really touching,” says Joe’s wife Lucinda Tait. “Community was always important to him. Whether it was playing music with friends, organising 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.”
“This tribute to Joe is not only a great way to honour him, but to also remind people how important his message is right now,” adds Malin.
Here’s the full list of performers on the night, with some unannounced special guests promised too:
Joe Strummer (never before seen live footage)
Albert Hammond Jr.
Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady)
Eugene Lutz (Gogol Bordello)
HR (Bad Brains)
Ray Gange (Rude Boy)
Richard Dudanski (101ers)
Spider Stacy (The Pogues)