Super Bowl XLIV on February 7th will mark the second Super Bowl Sunday to have a classic song remixed by Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am. Last year, the rapper/producer teamed with Bob Dylan for a new version of “Forever Young” that played during a Pepsi commercial during the game.
Rocking the halftime show, the band’s “My Generation” will debut as a remix. Will.i.am will be asissted by Slash to rework the classic track. Following the big game the song will go on sale on iTunes, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti earthquake relief funds.
Will.i.am told Billboard “I altered the lyric to fit my generation now,” adding that Slash plays on the track. “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?!’ Those guys are just awesome.” It’s unclear whether the band will premiere the song during their halftime performance, or whether it will play during a break in the action or an ad.
Townshend told Billboard “We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” “A bit of ‘Baba O’Riley,’ a bit of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ a bit of the close of ‘Tommy,’ a bit of ‘Who Are You,’ and a bit of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again.’ It works — it’s quite a saga.” Noting that the those picks have a “celebratory vibe,” Townshend added he hoped the audience would “go a bit wild if they want to.” Fittingly, since the Super Bowl is airing on CBS, three of those songs — “Who Are You,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”