Visionary psychedelic-rock pioneer Roky Erickson passed away in Austin on Friday, May 31st, at age 71. Since the news broke, many heavy-music artists have paid their respects, notably, Swedish occult-metal juggernaut Ghost, who covered Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts" with Dave Grohl on 2013's Grohl-produced If You Have Ghost EP. Today, Chelsea Wolfe — who has been hard at work on a new acoustic album — chimed in with not only words of tribute for Erickson and also a raw, moving rendition of his song "Night of the Vampire."
"Today I got home from a long drive after hanging out with good friends until 4 in the morning, & learned that Roky had passed," she wrote on Instagram. "He's always been one of my favorites, and this song has been on my mind to cover for a while now, so it just seemed right: record it, share it. ... thank you Roky, for setting me free." See the full post below, and Wolfe's in-the-studio cover above.
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on this tribute to the great Roky Erickson, 1947-2019:: I've been stuck in a bit of a personal cage lately, feeling like I couldn't share things that didn't feel highly polished.. it was starting to become a source of anxiety for me, as I have a new album I'm announcing soon, & wanted to be able to share intimate moments from the creation of the record in my home, as well as stripped down versions of the songs, but haven't felt like any of it was "good enough." today I got home from a long drive after hanging out with good friends until 4 in the morning, & learned that Roky had passed. he's always been one of my favorites, and this song has been on my mind to cover for a while now, so it just seemed right: record it, share it. don't overthink it, don't worry about it being perfect. yea, I could do a more polished version, but this is the way it came out naturally, & I was shaking afterward, always a sign that I've opened up to something beyond myself. thank you Roky, for setting me free. link to the full video is in my bio