QUEENSRŸCHE COVER BILLY IDOL’S “REBEL YELL,” AND THE RESULT, IS SURPRISINGLY GOOD
Queensrÿche has released the official music video for its cover of Billy Idol‘s Rebel Yell. This version of the song was originally released as a bonus track on the band’s latest album, Digital Noise Alliance, which was released in October 2022 through Century Media.
In an October 2022 interview with the Heavy Demons radio show, guitarist Michael Wilton spoke about the band’s decision to cover the song. He said [as per blabbermouth.net], “With the record company, we have to have ten or eleven songs [on an album]; that’s what you’re contracted for. And then they like extra songs, bonus tracks or whatever. So this time instead of giving a bonus track that’s a live recording of one of our songs, we said, ‘Let’s do something different.’ So we came up with the idea of doing a cover. Originally we were gonna do a Cult song, She Sells Sanctuary. But Todd [La Torre, frontman] didn’t feel comfortable singing that. So he brought up the idea of doing the Billy Idol song. And it was really cool. We put a little spin of Queensrÿche in the song, but it’s very reminiscent of the original. And Todd killed it on the vocals; it’s awesome. So who knows? Maybe we might play that live; I don’t know. But it’s something that I think people are gonna be very surprised. They’re gonna go, ‘What?’ They’re gonna scratch their heads and then as they listen to it, they’re gonna go, ‘This is badass.'”