The collabs on “Jaded,” due out Friday, make up the most eclectic album ever recorded by the headliner of Washington’s monthly D.C. party jams.
Listing some of the people involved: Billy Idol, Faith No More, Cage the Elephant, Gail Ann Dorsey, Lydia Lunch, Ani DiFranco, The xx, Glen Hansard, Eddie Vedder, Karmin, Steve Earle, Billie Holiday, Wilco, She & Him, The Avett Brothers, Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett and, of course, John.
To be honest, I thought I’d never see the day when John sang with Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and David Bowie, in addition to other famous names that have been in public orbit with him over the years.
But then again, this is the guy who, 25 years ago, is said to have worked with Bono on a song that would later inspire their U2’s anthem “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”
Tate Stevens, released country songs before John, but I mean, “John Gotti.” And those are his?
Well, yes, but they’re recorded live on the set — including a one-time take of the Led Zeppelin classic, “Ramble On.”
I’m hoping you remember to invite some friends over to this one. The last time we had a CD release event at the Hamilton, my favorite moment was a standing ovation given to a little-known local group called Ruthie Foster and the Patina Collective.