Rock royalty will take on rock royalty on a forthcoming tribute album, dedicated to the music of The Who.
Who You Are will feature covers of 16 of The Who’s better-known works, performed by a motley cast of old hands, young guns and, er, Hawkwind.
Iggy Pop will recreate 1964 single ‘I Can’t Explain’, whilst The Kinks’ Dave Davies will team up with The Damned’s Rat Scabies and Vibrators’ Knox for a new version of ‘My Generations’. Other contributors include The Raveonettes, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Cream’s Ginger Baker, Todd Rundgren and Judas Priest’s KK Downing.
The list of legendary names goes on and on: King Crimson’s David Cross, Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, Yes’ Peter Banks and Jerry Goodman from the Mahavishnu Orchestra help fill out the list. Certainly makes a change from hearing Townshend and co being channeled by Kaiser Chiefs.
Who You Are is due on October 2 One of history’s more ignominious Who cover versions is included below for your consideration. [via NME]
1. ‘Eminence Front’ featuring John Wetton (Asia); KK Downing (Judas Priest), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion)
2. ‘Baba O’Riley’ featuring Nektar, Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
3. ‘I Can See For Miles’ featuring Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere And The Raiders) and Wayne Kramer (MC5)
4. ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ featuring Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Rick Wakeman, Huw Lloyd-Langton (Hawkwind) and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
5. ‘My Generation’ featuring Knox (Vibrators); Dave Davies (The Kinks) and Rat Scabies (The Damned)
6. ‘The Kids Are Alright’ featuring The Raveonettes
7. ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ featuring Sweet
8. ‘Anyway Anyhow Anywhere’ featuring Todd Rundgren and Carmine Appice
9. ‘I Can’t Explain’ featuring Iggy Pop
10. ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ featuring Pat Travers
11. ‘Magic Bus’ featuring Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Peter Banks (Yes) and Ginger Baker (Cream)
12. ‘Who Are You’ featuring Gretchen Wilson and Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
13. ‘Pinball Wizard’ featuring Terry Reid, Mike Pinera (Blues Image), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
14. ‘Squeeze Box’ featuring John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) and David Cross (King Crimson)
15. ‘Bargain’ featuring .38 Special, Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash) and Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
16. ‘The Seeker’ featuring Joe Lynn Turner and Leslie West (Mountain)