Nick Drake Tribute Album Includes Grohl, Vedder, Johnson, LedgerBy davidhall
For late English singer/songwriter Nick Drake, the stars have aligned. At least, the music stars have.
Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and late actor Heath Ledger have all been confirmed as contributors to a Drake tribute album. The album will be released later this year on Johnson’s Brushfire Records.
If you’re wondering about Heath Ledger’s role in all this, here’s the scoop: Apparently Ledger was “obsessed” with Drake and in 2007 covered the Brit’s song, “Black Eyed Dog,” as part of a multimedia installation exhibit. The project included a black and white video for the song that closes with a scene of Ledger drowning himself in a bathtub.
This is all pretty creepy considering that “Black Eyed Dog” was allegedly the last song that Drake wrote before dying of a drug overdose in 1974 at age 26, a fate which bears remarkable similarity to Ledger’safter his timeless role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.
Any version of Ledger’s video in its entirety has been removed from the Internet due to copyright issues, but the tribute album will be supplemented with a DVD that includes the film as well as video recordings of the other artists’ songs.
In the meantime, check out this news special that features a good amount of the Ledger’s footage and some interviews speculating on the late actor’s motivations.
Who else do you think should be included on the tribute album?
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