A mass karaoke version of THE CLASH classic ’ROCK THE CASBAH’ has been performed to raise money for a charity named after the band’s late singer JOE STRUMMER.
The 1982 smash was performed as part of a series of events at Castle House in Bridgwater, Somerset, where the Strummerville charity, which supports young musicians, is based.
The BBC reports that Saturday’s (July 17) also saw cult British artist Damien Hirst, a friend of Strummer, wrap Castle House in paper.
Strummer, who died from a heart attack aged 50 in 2002, spent the last years of his life in Bridgwater, and Castle House, the first concrete building in the world when it opened in 1851, was one of his favourite buildings. It is the headquarters of the Strummerville charity, but is in dire need of repair.
The castle is now a contender in the second series of the BBC’s Restoration series, which offers viewers a chance to vote and help save one of 21 endangered buildings in the UK.
Other famous names there on the day included other Strummer pals Badly Drawn Boy, Happy Mondays star Bez actor Keith Allen and Joe’s former Clash buddy Mick Jones.
Strummerville provides rehearsal space and studio time to young people who want to make music, but are unable to afford to hire facilities.