It's not too uncommon for bands over the past few decades to cover a tune from The Rolling Stones. Those guys have put out a slew of FANTASTIC memorable songs. One of the best ones I've heard in a while was just put out in a collaboration by Stone Sour and Halestorm vocalist Lzzy Hale. They chose Gimme Shelter (which can be listened to below via YouTube).
This cover is pretty damn faithful to the original. In fact, it's REALLY faithful to it; so much that you can barely tell the difference except in the vocals and the fact that they added in a harmonica (which honestly I felt was a sexy touch). I was a bit surprised to hear such a heavy band like Stone Sour get so bluesy in their overall musical vibe. I never would have guessed they would choose such a song.
Having Lzzy Hale do the backing vocals was an EXCELLENT choice. In fact, I think I like her backing vocals better than the original. They are more powerful, raspy, and present in the mix. They are a force to be reckoned with.
This cover of Gimme Shelter will be on Stone Sour's upcoming covers EP Straight Outta Burbank which will have five songs on it. The EP will be out on Black Friday. Judging from what is on the track list, I'm pretty stoked for it. I'm intrigued to hear how they will pull off some of these songs.
Straight Outta Burbank Track List:
1: Sailin' On (Bad Brains cover)
2: Running Free (Iron Maiden cover)
3: Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones cover)
4:Too Fast For Love (Motley Crue cover)
5: Seasons In The Abyss (Slayer cover)