Heart’s Ann Wilson Joins Gov’t Mule Onstage In New Haven, CT

During Gov’t Mule’s show at Westville Music Bowl in New Haven, CT last night (May 2), the band were joined onstage by Heart’s Ann Wilson for some covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” Memphis Slim’s “Mother Earth,” Willie Dixon’s “You Shook Me,” Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” and “No Quarter,” Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ “Luna,” and Heart’s “Magic Man.” You can see some fan-filmed footage from the set below:

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Share Cover Of Willie Dixon’s “Evil”

BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have released their cover of Willie Dixon’s “Evil.” That track was originally made famous by Howlin’ Wolf and was later covered by Cactus. BPMD’s version will appear on their new covers album “American Made,“ which is set to be released on June 12.

Menghi said the following:

“Cactus is a lost American treasure that needs more recognition. They were doing things on their instruments (and as a band) before many of their contemporaries, peers and labelmates of the time.

We were fully aware that the great Willie Dixon wrote this tune for Howlin’ Wolf in the early 1950’s… Cactus reimagined the song for the their time of the early ’70s, we reimagined Cactus’ version for our generation in the early ’20s… so for a tune that is 65+ years old that’s still being covered says something… a good tune can stand the test of time.”

Ellsworth added:

“I choose my cuts on the record for two reasons: 1) how they would fit my voice, and 2) a deeper, heavier cut. I really love the grit in Rusty Day‘s voice on the Cactus track and wanted to replicate it with my own, not copy per se, but for sure not lose that grit.

The song to me, though blues based, is the perfect bridge into the heavy metal that followed. I used the basic vocal line as to not lose the integrity but reimagined it with more of a ‘metal’ phrasing. ‘Evil‘ is really one of the BPMD tracks I am most proud of. You’re a long way from home…”

Carmine Appice (Cactus, etc.) also commented:

“A new twist on ‘Evil‘, one of the best, kick-ass blues/rock songs of all time. This version will appeal to BPMD‘s heavy metal fans. I was glad to hear the Cactus arrangement of the song, but with the bass, drums and guitar heavied up even more… Phil‘s guitar solo revs up with lots of energy… with Portnoy and Menghi kicking under it, while keeping that energy going. Bobby‘s vocals sit nicely on top and I really liked the change in some of the phrasing. Great job guys!”

Clutch Share “Evil” Live Video From 2019 Download Festival

Clutch have shared a live video of themselves performing their cover of Willie Dixon’s “Evil” at the UK Download Festival. That track was originally made famous by Howlin’ Wolf and was later covered by Cactus. Clutch’s version was recently released as the first song in their “Weathermaker Vault Series.”

Clutch Release Cover Of Willie Dixon’s “Evil”

Clutch have premiered a lyric video for their cover of Willie Dixon’s “Evil.” That track was originally made famous by Howlin’ Wolf and was later covered by Cactus. Clutch’s version serves as the first song in their “Weathermaker Vault Series.”