Plaza Joe Strummer was inaugurated last night (May 20) with an acoustic jam session featuring performances by many musicians who were close friends of the late frontman. Strummer died aged 50 of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect in 2002.
The Guardian reports that members of The Pogues and Strummer’s former bands The 101ers and The Mescaleros took part in the impromptu concert, as well as Strummer’s daughters Jazz and Lola. The attendees sang the likes of ‘Spanish Bombs’ and ‘London Calling’ amongst other Strummer tracks.
The square dedicated to the memory of the punk legend came about via a Facebook petition. City hall spokeswoman María José Anguita commented: “There was a popular petition for this to happen and the city hall accepted it.”
Strummer, who mentions Granada in The Clash’s ‘Spanish Bombs’, first travelled to the city in 1983 following the dismissal of guitarist Mick Jones. While there the frontman spent time producing an album for Spanish band 091, who he knew from a squat they shared together in London. Strummer put his own money into the album recording and agreed to work with the small band after meeting them through his Spanish girlfriend, Paloma Romero of The Slits, later known as Palmolive.
Earlier today it was reported that The Clash are to release a new boxset featuring remastered versions of their first five albums, ‘The Clash’ (1977), ‘Give ‘Em Enough Rope’ (1978), ‘London Calling’ (1979), ‘Sandinista!’ (1980) and ‘Combat Rock’ (1982).
As well as the five albums, remastered from the original tapes by Mick Jones, later producer for The Libertines, the set also includes three CDs of rarities, demos and singles plus a DVD featuring previously unreleased footage and a new edition of the band’s Armagideon Time fanzine. The set will be presented in a box designed to look like a vintage boombox – an all-in-one portable music system popular in the 1980s. The project is art directed by Clash bassist Paul Simonon.