Green Day's Armstrong Honors Strummer; Thanks Fans For Anti-War Petition

By | January 4, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has honored late-Clash frontman Joe Strummer by including a recording of a Strummer song during his latest audio message to fans on Green Day’s official website ( “This is for Joe,” Armstrong said before letting spin the original version of the Clash’s “Bankrobber.” The reggae/dub song first appeared in the United States on the Clash’s 1980 EP compilation, Black Market Clash.

The 50-year-old Strummer succumbed to a heart attack in his U.K. home on December 22.

Armstrong also thanked Green Day fans for signing an Iraq anti-war online petition that he promoted in recent weeks. “All of the opinions were honest and polite and nasty, and for that I commend you,” he said.

Green Day is currently working on the follow-up to its 2000 release, Warning.