Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Elton Covers The Eagles of Death Metal 'I Love you All The Time'
Elton John, Beck, and The Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti and Nick Valensi are the latest acts to join Eagles of Death Metal’s Play It Forward campaign, in which various musicians cover the band’s Zipper Down single “I Love You All The Time” for charity. This set is the third installment of the project, which benefits victims of the November Paris terrorist attacks that occurred while EODM was performing at Le Bataclan.
Artists like Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, and Florence + The Machine have all joined in since the launch last December. Duran Duran served as the project’s inspiration: When a fan-led campaign launched EODM’s cover of Duran Duran’s “Save A Prayer” to the top of the UK charts, Simon Le Bon tweeted that they would donate their share of the royalties from the track. EODM soon followed suit, inviting musicians to craft their own “I Love You All the Time” renditions and pledging to put 100 percent of the proceeds back into their Sweet Stuff Foundation, an organization started in 2013 by EODM co-founder Josh Homme.
Last month, EODM returned to Paris to perform for the fans present when the city’s Le Bataclan venue came under attack during the band’s Nov. 13 show. Le Bataclan has yet to reopen, though venue reps wrote on Facebook last month it has plans to do so before the end of 2016. Eagles of Death Metal has spoken about wanting to be the first act to perform when it does.
Listen to the full Play It Forward collection here.
Elton John released his cover of Eagles of Death Metal's "I Love You All the Time" last week. Where the original was a three-minute Gerry Rafferty-inspired boogie-rock tune, the singer-songwriter transformed it into a powerful, dramatic, nearly five-minute piano ballad. It's part of the band's Play It Forward campaign to raise money for victims of the terrorist attack on their Paris show last year.
"The Elton John cover is like ... wow," Josh Homme, who drums for the band and organized the campaign, tells Rolling Stone. "He tuned it into this, like, this glorious animal, this beast. I was like, 'Oh, my gosh, is that our song?' I felt part of his version instead of him doing a version of ours."
- Rolling Stone