Bruce Springsteen, Bob Weir, Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello and Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme have signed on for a live charity event paying tribute the life and work of the late Clash frontman, Joe Strummer. Ultimate Classic Rock reported the two-hour A Song For Joe: Celebrating The Life Of Joe Strummer will stream for free on Friday August 21st from 3 to 5 P.M. ET via JoeStrummer.com, with all donations directly benefiting Save Our Stages.
Also appearing on the special will be Dropkick Murphys, Butch Walker, Lucinda Williams, members of the Strokes, actors Steve Buscemi and Matt Dillon, politician Beto O’Rourk, with singer/songwriter Jesse Malin hosting the event.
Joe Strummer’s widow, Lucinda Tait said in the benefit's announcement: “To see so many musicians and artists come forward to honor Joe is really touching. 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.”
Back in 2003, Tom Morello inducted the Clash into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During his speech, Morello talked about the band's priorities, saying that its fans, morals, and spirit always came first for them: “The Clash really aren't gone at all, because whenever a band cares more about its fans than its bank account, the spirit of the Clash is there. Whenever a band plays as if every single person's soul in the room is at stake, the spirit of the Clash is there. And whenever a stadium band or a little garage band has the guts to put their beliefs on the line to make a difference, the spirit of the Clash is there. And whenever people take to the streets to stop an unjust war, the spirit of the Clash is definitely there.”