When Stone Temple Pilots played the Beatles’ “Revolution” at last month’s benefit TV special “Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music, Dedicated to New York City and Its People,” it wasn’t intended as a call for retribution against Osama bin Laden.
“We actually chose the song a month-and-a-half earlier while we were touring Europe,” singer Scott Weiland said the night of the event. “Our real decision for picking ‘Revolution’ was simply because it rocks.”
Indeed, it does. Stone Temple Pilots’ cover was so incendiary that radio stations across the nation have put the benefit-night recording in heavy rotation, and a video is being played on various music television stations.
Now the band has recorded a studio version of the song, which will be released as an enhanced CD single on November 27. The track was recorded in New York, produced by the band and mixed by Jack Joseph Puig (Black Crowes, Collective Soul).
The disc will include behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the track. All royalties and sales profits will be donated to the Twin Towers Fund, which provides assistance to the families of those who died in the World Trade Center attack.
Stone Temple Pilots are currently headlining the Family Values tour, which stops in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday (see “Family Values Tour Dates Announced” ). The tour ends November 17 in Tacoma, Washington.
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