Nickelback have turned Don Henley’s 1982 solo hit “Dirty Laundry” into an outsized hard rock track.
Nickelback recently released an outsized cover of Don Henley's 1982 solo hit "Dirty Laundry." Last Friday on Twitter, the Canadian rockers said of the track, "Sometimes you play a song in the studio for fun. Sometimes it's so fun you have to record & share it with everyone!"
Nickelback's rendition fills the song with grungy guitars and Chad Kroeger's throaty wail, a far cry from Henley's smooth falsetto. Still, the group manages to capture the lithe pop grooves of Henley's song. Along with working on the follow-up to 2014's No Fixed Address, Nickelback will embark on a European tour that begins in September and stretches throughout October.
As for "Dirty Laundry," the track was one of Henley's biggest hits and famously skewered the news media for its crass, tabloid tactics (at concert in recent years, he'd dedicate the song to Rupert Murdoch and Bill O'Reilly). Specifically, Henley was upset about the coverage surrounding the deaths of John Belushi and Natalie Wood — though the song was also inspired by the media coverage surrounding his own arrest in 1980 after the Los Angeles Fire Department discovered a naked, 16-year-old prostitute who'd overdosed on cocaine at his home. Henley entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and received two years probation.