Former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan has released a cover of the Guns N’ Roses classic “November Rain” with Nicole Atkins.
Lanegan told Stereogum about the cover, “Doing this song was a blast. It combined two of my favorite things: Nicole’s beautiful voice and GNR.”
Atkins said, “I still didn’t know who I’d get to sing it with me and then I thought, ‘well who’s the best loving singer?’ For me it’s Mark Lanegan. We became acquainted back in ’06 when he sent me a MySpace message about my demo of my song ‘Neptune City.’ Oddly enough that was the same month I’d just gotten turned onto his ‘Here Comes that Weird Chill’ EP.
Mark and I have been talking about singing together now for over ten years so this seemed like the perfect time to do it. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose by asking and it turned out exactly as I’d pictured.
The best thing with this cover is that I’ll play it and people don’t realize what they’re listening to until 30 seconds in. My dad thought it was a Conway Twitter cover. Then they all go, ‘Wait, is this November Rain?! I love that song!!!!'”