2003 – Punk legends the Clash receive a lifetime achievement award at the GQ Men of the Year awards in London. Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay is named Most Stylish Man.
2003 – Members of the late Clash singer Joe Strummer’s old band the 101ers reunite with Mick Jones in London for a gig. The show also launches the Strummerville charity, which aids struggling musicians.
2003 – An eclectic array of artists induct the new members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani inducts the Police, while Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler inducts AC/DC. Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello introduces the surviving members of the Clash, Elton John inducts Elvis Costello, and […]
2003 – The Clash’s Joe Strummer is cremated. The funeral procession takes his remains past the Elgin pub in West London, where The Clash played some of their earliest gigs. John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), better known as Joe Strummer, was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of […]
2002 – Joe Strummer, the Clash’s fiery frontman, dies of heart failure after walking his dog around his hometown of Broomfield, England. He was 50.
1982 – Clash drummer Topper Headon is charged with stealing a bus stop sign.
1982 – Joe Strummer reappears after fleeing the Clash and moving to Paris for a month. He claims his disappearance was due to exhaustion and doubts about his career.
1979 – The second London concert to benefit Kampuchea organized by Paul McCartney has as its headliners Ian Dury and the Clash.
1979 – Paul McCartney holds the first of three concerts for Kampuchea at London’s Hammersmith Odeon to benefit relief efforts in the war-torn country. Besides the Walrus, the Clash, Elvis Costello, the Who and Rockpile appear on the bill.
1979 – The Clash release their first single in America. “I Fought the Law,” a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four number, fails to chart.
1978 – The Clash’s second album, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, crashes into the English albums chart at No. 2, right behind the soundtrack to Grease.