Tribute to Joe Strummer (2003)
With Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl and Steven Van Zandt
A song as caustic as "London Calling," with its apocalyptic images of nuclear meltdown, police brutality and – gasp! – the demise of Beatlemania, hardly seems appropriate fodder for an event as staid and slick as the Grammys. Then again, Joe Strummer, the Clash leader who had passed away just months prior to the 45th awards show, was hardly your average punk; for evidence of that look no further than the fab four — Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl — who stepped up to lead this tribute. The murderers' row of musicians stood in a straight line at the front of the stage, bearing down hard on their guitars as they took turns snarling Strummer's desperate lyrics. As a capper, Strummer was also honored with an actual Grammy that night, when the Clash documentary Westway to the World nabbed the Best Long Form Music Video award.