Surviving members of punk legends The Clash have ruled out re-forming at a ceremony to honour their impact on the music world.
The band, whose singer Joe Strummer died of a heart attack in December, had been tipped to perform with a new singer in a few days.
But in an interview today for the radio station BBC London 94.9FM, the band’s Paul Simenon said there would be no show as they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
A ceremony on March 10 will recognise the global impact of the quartet whose early raw sound put politics back into a moribund Seventies music scene.
They went on to find chart success and more musical polish, inspiring countless stars such U2’s Bono, before fizzling out in the mid-Eighties.
Bruce Springsteen had been tipped to stand in for Strummer at the Hall Of Fame event in the US.
But quizzed by DJ Gary Crowley for his show this evening, bass player Simenon said: “We’re not going to play or anything. We really haven’t got anything planned.”
He said singer-guitarist Strummer had tried to wind him up about a possible appearance on the day he died, joking that he might know another bass player who wanted to perform.
Simenon said: “He tried to send me a fax that morning, the morning that he died and it didn’t come through.
“There was an element of Joe trying to wind me up in it. He was going, ‘We want to do this show at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame – and maybe we can get so and so to play the bass’.
“But I just thought, ‘You can do what you like’. I didn’t have a chance to reply unfortunately, but I just wanted to let him know, ‘Are you aware that the tickets are 1,500 dollars?’
“I think it’s better for the Clash to play in front of their public, rather than a seated and booted audience.”
The band consistently refused lucrative offers to re-form.
It took nearly two decades for them to even stand together in the same room as they received an honorary Ivor Novello songwriting award in 2001.
Strummer and Jones did play together briefly at a firefighters’ benefit show in London just days before his unexpected death.