Green Day Pay Tribute to Joe Strummer

Band marks what would have been Clash singer's 61st birthday

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs at Brixton Academy in London.
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August 22, 2013 12:35 PM ET

Green Day wished a happy birthday to Joe Strummer last night, midway through their set at O2 Academy Brixton in London. The Clash frontman, who died in 2002, would have turned 61 yesterday. The birthday wishes came during a show that included a full performance of Green Day's 1994 album Dookie, NME reports.

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Singer Billie Joe Armstrong wished Strummer a happy birthday just before playing "Letterbomb," the fifth song in the band's three-hour set. The gig, a warm-up for Green Day's performances this weekend at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, also included a Strummer shout-out from opener Frank Turner, who dedicated his song "Recovery" to the Clash singer and quoted from the Hold Steady's tune "Constructive Summer." The song refers to "Saint Joe Strummer" as "our only decent teacher."

Both Green Day and Turner will be playing the Reading Festival's mainstage on Friday, in addition to the Leeds Festival on Saturday in the U.K. 

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