In a recent interview with Billboard.com, The Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon revealed that they they had turned down chances to reunite and that most reformations are motivated by financial reasons. Asked if The Clash would have reunited if Joe Strummer hadn’t died, Jones replied:
“We had opportunities. That’s it, really. It didn’t happen. It never seemed right.”
Simonon then added, “It’s a better story at the end of the day that we didn’t get back together. We saved all that time and effort by not reforming. It seems like we would have squandered what we’d achieved by reforming. Why do people get together? Why do bands reform? Oh, they’re good mates. Well, that’s nice. It’s usually because of a financial situation that has to be adhered to. Basically, everyone’s broke.”
The Clash broke up in 1986 after a ten year run, which spanned six critically-acclaimed albums, including London Calling (1979) and Sandinista! (1980). Prior to Joe Strummer’s death in 2002, the band considered reuniting and recording a new album.
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