Eddie Vedder Pays Tribute To Joe Strummer With His Cover Of ‘Long Shadow’

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder posted a short part from his latest performance in which he covered a song from the Clash icon Joe Strummer on his Instagram. Vedder wanted to show his admiration and respect for Strummer on the late star’s birthday.

Strummer gained international fame and commercial success with his career as the Clash’s lyricist, rhythm guitarist, and co-lead vocalist. After the band disbanded in 1986, the singer continued his musical journey with his solo works and various collaborations. He then decided to gather talented musicians for a backing band, the Mescaleros, in 1999.

Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros released their third and final studio album, ‘Streetcore’ on October 21, 2003. The remaining members completed the record after the vocalist died due to a heart attack on December 22, 2002. Even though the fans couldn’t listen to Strummer’s voice in a new song until then, none of them has forgotten his contributions to punk rock, post-punk, and new wave music artists.

Therefore, Eddie Vedder, significantly influenced by the punk rock bands like the Clash, wanted to pay tribute to its frontman on his 70th birthday. In his recent post, the Pearl Jam singer said he wanted to honor Strummer by covering a track named ‘Long Shadow’ from his last album with the Mescaleros. Strummer’s official YouTube channel shared the video, and thousands of people viewed it in a short time, along with writing kind comments about it.

Vedder’s IG post read:

“To honor Joe Strummer for Joe’s 70th birthday on August 21, Eddie recorded this version of ‘Long Shadow.’ Happy Birthday, Joe! Watch now at the link in stories.”

You can listen to the cover below.