Stone Sour aren’t a group you would associate with classic rock, but the alt-metal act have recorded a faithful rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter,” which you can hear below.
The group’s version features Halestorm front woman Lzzy Hale handling Merry Clayton’s supporting vocals while lead singer Corey Taylor ably takes care of Mick Jagger’s lead vocals. The song features the same snaky guitar passages and hip-shaking rhythms of the original, though the overall feeling is of an inspired update rather than a faithful imitation.
“To stay true to the original recordings of these songs, we tried to recreate the sounds and tones that the original artist used,” Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand said in a statement. “This was both fun and challenging, but the end result was worth all the hard work everyone put into achieving it.”
The song will be released on the new vinyl-only EP Straight Outta Burbank, which will be released as part of the November 27 Record Store Day celebrations. The release is the followup to Stone Sour’s Meanwhile in Burbank… EP from last April. In addition to the Stones cover, it will contain their versions of songs by Bad Brains, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe and Slayer.
Both EPs are part of a trilogy of covers the group has planned to release.
“This is something that we’ve been talking about since the first album came out,” Taylor said at the time of the Meanwhile in Burbank… release. “We've always wanted to do this. Even as people have come, people have gone, this is still something we’ve always come back to, and we just never had the opportunity to do it. And we just kind of said, ‘Well, screw it.’”
Fans will recall that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recently performed “Gimme Shelter” live at the Apollo theater as a tribute to Merry Clayton, who suffered a double amputation of her legs following serious injuries she sustained in a 2014 car accident. She appeared at the show on video to accept the first annual Clark and Gwen Terry Courage Award from the Jazz Foundation of America.