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Submitted by Johan Wippsson on 2014-01-07
Bon Jovi blocked Shinedown covers album

Shinedown’s acoustic covers album was put on hold after Bon Jovi refused to let them release a version of Wanted Dead Or Alive.

Frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers revealed plans earlier this year to record ten of a set of tracks chosen by fans, including material by the Clash, Phil Collins and Metallica.

But Myers says they ran into problems when getting clearance to put the record on sale.

He tells This Is Not A Scene: “It was going to come out and it was going to be no problem.  It looks really cool, sounds really cool, and then we wanted to release it as an album too.

“That’s when you get into publishing – you have to get permission. And two of the artists were like, ‘We don’t like anyone covering our songs.’ I’m not going to say who… Bon Jovi… and so that was kind of that.”

But he adds: “We’re trying to figure it out right now. It should be all cleared up – it will be out soon.”

The confusion hasn’t spoiled Myers’s enjoyment of making the album over two days. “It was so much fun,” he says. “Brent‘s such a good singer – I love hearing him sing songs that aren’t ours.

“Nothing Else Matters by Metallica took three takes. Everything else was like one take or two takes. We did In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins. We didn’t rehearse it, I just kind of started playing, and he started singing it, and it became this kind of special moment. It’s really, really cool.”

The full tracklist is:

01. Sitting On the Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
02. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
03. London Calling – The Clash
04. In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
05. Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
06. Black – Pearl Jam
07. Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
08. Someone Like You – Adele
09. She Talks To Angels – The Black Crowes
10. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica


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