Why The Clash's Simonon Didn't Want To Reunite For Corporate Rock Hall
Plans were dashed by the sudden death of frontman Joe Strummer ahead of the event – but the deal had not been done in any case. Simonon tells Rolling Stone: "Mick Jones, Joe and Topper Headon were very keen.
"The proviso was that, I think, if we got together and played, then we got the award. But to be honest, I didn't really want to reform the band, full-stop, especially not in that environment.
"My point was that if we were going to reform, it can't be in that corporate environment. Joe was unaware that the tickets were something like $1000 a seat, maybe more.
"I think if the Clash is going to reform, it should be somewhere where the seats don't cost $1000. Joe was unaware of that and, of course, he died a couple of days later, so I wasn't able to send him a message and give him that information." more on this story