In a world of compromises, those who find True North and follow wherever it leads have a treasure beyond measure. But, what if that pursuit were suddenly taken away? Would you throw in the towel or a fight to get it back?
In 2012, my own musical future was in doubt because of a mysterious hearing issue that led to inner ear surgery and an 18-month recovery. When I finally came out the other side confident I would be back onstage, I wrote “Live to Rock.”
For me, it's a hard-driving personal anthem dedicated to all those who hold onto a dream – not because of fame and fortune, but because it’s the thing that gives us our deepest sense of self. We chose it for the album's lead track to inspire everyone facing doubt, roadblocks and brick walls to reclaim the one true thing at the core of who they are.
The track also features a noteworthy guest whose presence is especially heartfelt for me – legendary British saxophonist, Chris Mercer. He began his career with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers in 1967 and has since played with a Who’s Who of British blues and rock royalty. Being in the studio while Chris played turned into a really emotional moment for me. I saw and felt this unbroken thread weaving all the way back to the records I was singing along with as a kid. It was a wave of pure gratitude for every experience in my own musical journey. Realizing that I grew up to become a small part of this amazing rock and roll tapestry just blew me away.
"Gonna follow that dream – no guts / no glory – I live to rock another day." | Listen to Live To Rock