U2 Contributing to T. Rex Tribute Album

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2017-09-15)

On Thursday, September 14, The Edge was interviewed on The Hamish and Andy show. Starting out that interview, they asked The Edge what he was up to, and he responded:

“I am outside a recording studio in New Orleans, we’re in the middle of recording a track for a friend who’s putting a T.Rex tribute record together. It’s sounding great.”

T. Rex was a band formed in the late 1960s by singer-songwriter, Marc Bolan. The band released their first album in 1968, and released albums throughout the 1970s. Bolan was killed in a car crash in 1977. The band made it to number one in the UK on four occasions, with the songs “Hot Love,” “Get It On,” “Telegram Sam,” and “Metal Guru.” Bono has previously covered a T. Rex song with his friend Gavin Friday. They recorded the song “Children of the Revolution” for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

Asked about Bolan, and who was the bigger fan, Gavin Friday answered, “The way it worked in the ’70s is that I bought all the records and he nicked ‘em off me! I’m sure if you checked under his bed there’s a big pile of scratched T-Rex 45s belonging to yours truly.”

The T. Rex tribute album is being put together by longtime U2 collaborator, Hal Willner. Willner has been working on this tribute album for a number of months. In mid-August he recorded Marc Almond in Brooklyn performing the song “Teenage Dream” with a chamber ensemble. Pop star, Kesha, has also been revealed to feature on the tribute album.

Exact details of the album are short at the moment, but it is known that Trombone Shorty was present at the recording sessions. He posted a photo of himself with Bono and Hal Willner in New Orleans. (See below)

Hal Willner worked extensively with Bono on the soundtrack to The Million Dollar Hotel. He also produced the album Rogue’s Gallery to which Bono contributed the song “A Dying Sailor to his Shipmates”. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has previously worked with U2 performing the song “The Saints Are Coming“ live in New Orleans which was used as a B-Side to the single of the same name. The tribute album is reportedly nearing completion and may be released this Fall.

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