Neil Young has written a song inspired by a passenger onboard one of the flights hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, and has rushed it to North American radio outlets. According to reports, the track,
Neil Young has written a song inspired by a passenger onboard one of the flights hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, and has rushed it to North American radio outlets. According to reports, the track, "Let's Roll," was inspired by Todd Beamer, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 who helped lead a revolt against the hijackers. The flight crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania and may have been headed for targets in Washington, D.C.
Young is backed on the rock-leaning track by Crazy Horse guitarist Pancho Sampedro and soul veterans Booker T & the MGs, with whom Young toured in the summer of 1993. The title comes from the last words Beamer said on a phone call from from the plane when he explained that passengers were about to try and overtake the hijackers.
According to reports, 400 copies of the song were burned onto CD-Rs and sent to radio stations this week before anyone at Young's Reprise label had even heard it. Young's manager told The Los Angeles Times that the track will not be released commercially but will be found on the artist's next studio album, due in February or March.
"Let's Roll" is already getting early airplay at stations such as KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, WBLM-FM in Portland, Maine, and WIZN-FM in Burlington, Vt.
As previously reported, Young is due to kick off a new round of touring with his bandmates in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Feb. 6 in Detroit.