STRUMMER BUMMER

It's claimed the former Clash frontman does not want to be railroaded into a reunion with the group...

Joe Strummer has pulled out of the Ian Dury tribute show on June 16 at LONDON’s BRIXTON ACADEMY, because, it is claimed, he doesn’t want to be railroaded into a CLASH reunion.

The former Clash frontman had been due to appear on the Brixton stage separately to ex-band members Mick Jones and Topper Headon. But he is understood to have been unhappy that suggestions of a full Clash get-together were gathering pace. It would have been the first such reunion since the band fractured in 1983.

Both Jones and Headon will still appear at the show.

It is hoped that despite the live no-show, Strummer will still appear on ‘Brand New Boots And Panties’, the Dury tribute record slated for release later this year.

Billboard website [url=]www.billboard.com has also suggested that event headliner Robbie Williams will perform a cover of ‘You’re The Why’, the last song Dury wrote before he died on March 27 following a long battle with cancer.

Also on the bill are members of Madness, Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie, Neneh Cherry, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Republica singer Saffron, former Dury associate Wreckless Eric and comedians Mark Lamarr, Keith Allen and Phill Jupitus.

Proceeds from the event will go to the charity Cancer Bacup, for whom Dury was a spokesman.

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