A music video for “Greyboy Says,” featuring Bob Rock and Gord Downie, the late frontman of The Tragically Hip, arrived last week.
The song is from Rock and Downie’s upcoming album, Lustre Parfait, which is due out on May 5.
The music video features archival footage of recording sessions with Downie as well as Rock performing the song in-studio with guests Dexter Holland and Noodles from The Offspring, along with Abe Laboriel Jr., and Jamey Koch.
“Greyboy Says” was inspired by the work of Led Zeppelin, Bo Diddley, David Bowie and several other musicians.
Rock has retained the original vocals by Downie and the tempo of the song while rearranging the instrumental aspects.
“The track that Gord wrote the song to is not what you hear today,” Rock told Consequence. “There was an uneasy feeling I had after hearing the melody and lyrics that Gord came up with which made me think that the music was not right, so I kept his vocal and a basic tempo map.”
“Whether laughter, sorrow, anger, tears/ You can do it and if you can’t, I’m here,” Downie sings.
“Greyboy Says” was the last Downie recorded with Rock for the Lustre Parfait project.
(Photo: Gordon Hawkins/Austin Nelson)
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