Hip-hop balladeer Everlast will keep busy in November with a U.S. club
tour and the release of a new five-song EP, Today.
The EP — Everlast's first release since his breakthrough solo album,
Whitey Ford Sings the Blues (1998) — is scheduled to hit
stores Nov. 16, according to Tommy Boy Records.
The EP will include the track "Put Your Lights On" (RealAudio
excerpt), a collaboration with Latin-rock pioneer Carlos Santana
that's also featured on Santana's hit album Supernatural.
That track, which melds Everlast's gravelly vocals with Santana's lyrical
lead guitar, features the refrain "All you killers/ Put your lights on."
The song was inspired by the near-fatal heart attack Everlast (born Erik
Schrody) experienced last year, shortly after completing Whitey Ford.
"Believe me, I am honored that [Everlast] would share it in my album,
because the message in that song is ... 'Put your lights on' —
crystallize your intentions, motives and purpose," Santana said recently.
"When [Everlast] got out of the hospital, the first melody that came into
his mind was this song," Greg DiGiovine, a member of Santana's management
team, said recently. "He had some spiritual awakening throughout that
near-death experience, and it translated into this song."
Also included on the EP will be a remix of the Whitey Ford track
"Today (Watch Me Shine)," as well as a rocked-up live version of "Jump
Around," Everlast's biggest hit with his now-defunct hip-hop group, House
The EP also will include "Blues for X-Mas," a cover of a song by blues
legend John Lee Hooker. "[It's] not the happiest Christmas song in the
world," John Nutcher, product manager for Tommy Boy, wrote in an e-mail.
Rounding out the release will be a live version of "What It's Like"
excerpt), Everlast's radio-dominating hit.
Everlast tour dates:
Nov. 11; Miami, Fla.; Bayfront Park
Nov. 12; Melbourne, Fla.; Orbit Room
Nov. 13; Tampa, Fla.; The Masquerade
Nov. 14; Jacksonville, Fla.; Club 618
Nov. 16; New Orleans, La.; House of Blues
Nov. 21; Tucson, Ariz.; Gotham
Nov. 22; Tempe, Ariz.; Club Rio
Nov. 23; San Diego, Calif.; 'Canes Bar & Grill