Anyone who has followed the musical growth of The War on Drugs over the last decade, or has at least listened to their last few albums, can tell you that the band’s principal songwriter in Adam Granduciel is quite the fan of classic singer-songwriters in the world of rock. Influences like Springsteen, Tom Petty and Neil Young can be heard all throughout their drawn out, storytelling-like rock ballads. So it only makes sense that the band cover one of Neil Young’s more powering electric songs in “Like a Hurricane” during a show over the weekend in the classic rock hero’s hometown of Toronto, ON.
As seen in the video above, the audience offers some loud cheers of approval as the band tears into the gritty opening of the 1977 single. The song’s seven-minute run time is right in The War on Drugs’ wheelhouse, as most of their own material can sometimes last up to around eight minutes in length. Of course where would a Neil Young cover be without a fantastic guitar solo, which Granduciel offers with his own flavors of heavenly distortion.
“After that show I put the Bigsby [a guitar’s whammy bar] on that Gretsch of mine, and then two nights later we recorded like three songs that are on the record,” he explained. “A lot of the inspiration just comes from the expressive quality of that Bigsby, but also I was just thinking of my favorite players whether it was Neil or Mike Campbell.”
The show in Toronto on Saturday night wrapped up the North American leg of the band’s 2017 tour in support of A Deeper Understanding. They’ll tour across Europe and the U.K. throughout November, but will make it back Stateside in time for 91x FM’s WREX The Halls holiday event in San Diego on Dec. 9. Tickets for the event, which will also feature performances from The Lumineers, Vance Joy and more, are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.