Yes, I know why Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros were in town. They were here, performing at the House of Blues, to promote Joe's first new album in ten years, "Rock Art And The X-Ray Style." But that's not why I bought a ticket for the show. Like, who cares about new music anyways, right? No, I went to the House of Blues to hear some of my favorite Clash songs and get a good up-close look at Joe, in person. Joe knew this, of course, and he didn't disappoint me. Joe Strummer is no dummy. In fact, it only took Strummer and the Mescaleros five songs until they reached back into the Clash's legendary catalog and played "Rock The Casbah." In my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd see Joe Strummer perform "Rock The Casbah" ten feet in front of me! I was in total awe! And then, Strummer and company really started rolling out the classics, including "London Calling," "Brand New Cadillac," "Rudie Can't Fail," and "White Man in Hammersmith Palais." Joe, himself, was so into his performance, too. Between songs, Strummer threw his sticker-covered Telecaster to his roadie and rallied the young Mescaleros, pushing them to play even harder. The highlight of the evening came during "Straight To Hell," when Joe closed his eyes, sank to his knees, and totally sang his guts out. I firmly believe that most rock stars should die before they get old, or at least quit performing. But not Joe Strummer. Even though he's missed almost all of the '90s, it's nice to have him back.

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