THERE were few people more important in British music, perhaps in music full stop, than the legendary Joe Strummer.
Musician, actor, upstart, figurehead and iconoclast, he formed seminal London punk outfit The Clash before going on to become one of rock's most venerable and revered statesmen.
He died suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2002, aged 50, from a congenital heart disease, but his legend burns bright to this very day.
And weeks beforehand, a few hundred lucky souls were able to see Joe play his final gig in the city that had been such an important part of his life.
West London was a vital component in Joe's formative years as a musician. His pre-Clash outfit the 101'ers played regularly in the area and he would go onto immortalise Hammersmith with The Clash song 'White Man In Hammersmith Palais.'
It was entirely fitting then, that he would return to his roots, both musically and geographically, shortly before his untimely death. And what was even more fitting was that the show would mark the reunion of bandmates who had parted ways so acrimoniously decades before.
In keeping with the Strummer legend, Joe was performing not at some celebrity love-in but at a low-key charity gig at Acton Town Hall in support of the area's firefighters.
Strummer, a fierce and articulate advocate of civil liberties and equal rights, had chosen to perform at a benefit for firecrews who at the time were taking part in a nationwide strike against unfair pay, the first in 25 years.
Always an energetic and charismatic performer, Strummer and his band The Mescaleros played a fantastic gig to a packed, enthusiastic crowd of 700 people, but it was what came next that truly amazed them.
Standing in the audience was Strummer's former Clash bandmate and comrade-in-arms, guitarist, vocalist and co-songwriter Mick Jones.
In 1983, Jones had been fired from the band after tensions between him and Strummer had finally come to boiling point. The Clash would split for good three years later.
In the years that followed, as both men pursued seperate musical projects, they had never publicly buried the hatchet.
Which made it all the more incredible when, apparently unplanned, Jones suddenly took to the stage at Acton Town Hall for a spontaneous rendition of Clash classics including 'White Riot' and 'London's Burning'.
It was an electrifying moment. The whole world had been speculating for years about the possibility of The Clash getting back together and this was close as they ever got.
The performance was magical, and it lended the gig legendary status as the two men performed onstage together for the first time in over 20 years.
Tragically, it would be their very last show together. Following a few gigs outside London with The Mescaleros, Strummer died on December 22.
But the bittersweet end to such an amazing career also ensured that The Clash's legacy would be preserved forever with integrity intact.
The concert, organised as a grass-roots event to raise money and awareness for a worthy cause, was the perfect coda to both Strummer's life and his time with The Clash.
Concert promoters would have paid millions to see Mick Jones and Joe Strummer tour arenas across the world, just as they had done more than 20 years ago. But it was Acton Town Hall where such a moment occurred, and the only money that changed hands went to charity.
And the night resulted in both a film and a book, 'The Last Night London Burned', chronicling the events and memories of the momentous evening.
There's no way Strummer could have known it would be one of his final defining moments, but had he done, it's very likely he would have approved.