Bruce Springsteen honours Joe Strummer at Glastonbury 2009

Pic: Andy Willsher
Pic: Andy Willsher
Bruce Springsteen closed the second night of Glastonbury festival tonight (June 27) by paying tribute to the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

The star’s headlining show on the Pyramid Stage, his first ever festival appearance in the UK, was one of the most eagerly-awaited sets of the weekend.

Springsteen, a huge Clash and Strummer fan, chose to open the set with a solo rendition of Strummer’s track ‘Coma Girl’.

Originally recorded with The Mescaleros, the song’s lyrics were inspired by the festival, with Strummer a regular visitor up until his death in 2002.

A visibly moved Springsteen told the packed crowd: “We’re so pleased to be here at the rain-free Glastonbury! I’ve heard about it. I’ve heard about it! And now I can see it. The E Street Band are here to honour the solemn vow to rock the house tonight!”

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