Five decades after they famously sang “I hope I die before I get old,” the Who are still alive and still rocking. Now, Will.I.Am is making plans to remix the classic song that featured those lyrics, “My Generation,” as part of a Super Bowl effort that aims to use the glitz and glamour of sports’ biggest weekend to help earthquake-torn Haiti.
The Black Eyed Peas hitmaker told Billboard that he was commissioned to remix the 1965 song, which established the Who as a force to be reckoned with in rock music. The remixed track will premiere during Super Bowl XLIV, which will feature the Who during its halftime show .
“It’s the Who, their song, and then I altered the lyric to fit my generation now and then have Slash on it,” Will.I.Am revealed, explaining the participation of the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist. “It was awesome. I loved that song way before this even came up, and talking to Pete Townshend on the phone is like, ’What?! I’m talking to Pete Townshend on the phone?!’ That was awesome, being able to just hear their advice and everything. Those guys are just awesome.”
After the broadcast, Will’s remix will be available on iTunes, where the proceeds will go toward Haitian earthquake relief.
My Generation was the debut album by the English rock band, and its title single reached #2 on the U.K. singles chart. Featuring Pete Townshend’s rebel-rousing lyrics, expressing a generation trying to find its place in the rapidly changing society of the mid-’60s, the song was chosen by Rolling Stone as the 11th greatest song of all time.
On Monday, the Who revealed their halftime set list for the Super Bowl, which will include snippets of “Baba O’Riley,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Tommy,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Who Are You.”