From the Least Obvious Cover department comes the surprising news that Ryan Adams has covered Iron Maiden. Adams performed an acoustic cover of the metal legends 1986 number ‘Wasted Years’ as part of a BBC Radio2 session recorded live to air this week. He’s already picked up plenty of plaudits for it over the twitterverse, with UK balladeer Frank Turner banging on about it.
Adams is set to release his new album Ashes & Fire on his own label, PAX-AM, recording it in Hollywood’s Sunset Sound Factory. It was produced by Ethan Johns’ father Glyn Johns who has worked with Adams on several of his albums before and also worked with The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
He was joined in the studio by the likes of Norah Jones, who performs on three songs — “Come Home,” “Save Me,” and “Kindness” — and also received contributions from keyboardist Benmont Tench, a long serving member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Jones is returning a favour for Adams, who collaborated on “Dear John,” a track from her album, …Featuring Norah Jones, which was released last year.
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