By Delinda Lombardo on
The Black Eyed Peas are gearing up for the Feb. 14 launch of a world tour that will stretch into the spring of 2011, but among the planning, will.i.am and former Guns N Roses member Slash made time to record a fresh remix of The Who's “My Generation” to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief.
Will.i.am told Billboard.com that he was commissioned to remix the iconic 1965 rock anthem, which will air during the Super Bowl XLIV broadcast on Feb. 7 — where The Who is performing at halftime — and then go on sale via iTunes.
“It’s The Who, their song, and then I altered the lyric to fit my generation now and then have Slash on it,” will.i.am says. "It was awesome. I loved that song way before this even came up, and talking to Pete Townshend on the phone is like, ‘What?! I’m talking to Pete Townshend on the phone?!’ That was awesome, being able to just hear their advice and everything. Those guys are just awesome." The “My Generation” remix will be part of a big month for will.i.am and company as the Peas head to the Grammy Awards, where they’re up for six trophies, including Album of the Year.
My Generation was the debut album by the English rock band and its title single reached #2 on the U.K. singles chart. Featuring Pete Townshend’s rebel-rousing lyrics, expressing a generation trying to find its place in the rapidly changing society of the mid-‘60s, the song was chosen by Rolling Stone as the 11th greatest song of all time. The halftime set list for the Super Bowl will include snippets of "Baba O’Riley," “Pinball Wizard,” “Tommy,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Who Are You.”
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