A long list of rock 'n' roll all-stars -- including Joan Jett, Sammy Hagar, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Sebastian Bach, Blink-182's Travis Barker, Justin Furstenfeld from Blue October, Rome Ramirez from Sublime and Montreal's Slaves On Dope, as well as Public Enemy's Chuck D, are slated to be part of the next solo album by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run-DMC.
The rapper told us about the project down in Austin, Texas, where he was taping an interview and performance for AXS-TV's "Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar:”
"It's an eclectic mix of what Run-DMC created when we did the 'Walk This Way' thing. Now I'm actually fulfilling my rock 'n' roll dream by collaborating with more of the artist that gave me a lot of music to rap over through sampling as a kid...All original songs, which is crazy and everybody's really excited about that it's all original songs from scratch, because that really don't happen no more."
DMC is planning to release the song with Jett for a Record Store Day single and have the album out later this year. For Hagar's show he taught the Red Rocker how to rap Run-DMC's "It's Tricky," then joined Hagar for a performance of the Montrose song "Rock Candy."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.