SOiL have released a cover version of Neil Young‘s 1989 hit song “Rockin’ In The Free World‘ online to digital streaming providers, including Spotify.
Last month, Neil Young demanded that his music catalog be removed from the streaming service due to what he believes is “fake information about vaccines” being “spread” on the platform via Joe Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience”. Spotify announced shortly after that they would be removing Neil’s music.
SOiL said of their decision to release the cover: “Over the years, SOiL has considered covering Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World‘ many times. It was a song that really struck a nerve with us individually in our younger days before SOiL was even a band. The song still stands the test of time and is as powerful today as it was back then. This version we recorded was scheduled to be released as part of a special upcoming album due out later this year, but we decided that now would be a good time to let everyone hear our take on the Neil Young classic with the SOiL twist. We hope you all enjoy it!”
An official press release by SOiL assures listeners that their intentions are good, saying: ‘Now that Young’s music has fallen silent on the world’s most prominent musical platform, Spotify, another band has stepped forward to make sure that Young’s rebellious spirit continues to live on with a powerful new version of “Rockin’ In The Free World.” Chicago alternative metal kings SOiL have released their own version of the song to all digital platforms, keeping the fire lit for future generations of rebels and iconoclasts.’