Dave Mason assembled The Quarantines, featuring an array of classic rock figures, for an all-star rendition of “Feelin’ Alright”, which he wrote as a member of Traffic in 1968. The video features appearances from Mick Fleetwood, Sammy Hagar, and The Doobie Brothers members and alumni Michael McDonald, John McFee, Tom Johnston, John Cowan, and Pat Simmons.
The video, which debuted on SiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl channel this morning, finds the who’s who of rock and roll royalty taking on the song Mason wrote over 50 years ago. Throughout the years, the song has been covered by everyone from Joe Cocker, to The Jackson Five, to Widespread Panic, to John Belushi, but in the context of quarantine, it has been given a wholly original meaning.
With the coy song choice, this collection of classic rock figures is actually making a serious point: we’re alright. In the video, all of these aging rockers are looking happy and healthy, particularly Mason who, at 74 years old, can still belt out vocals and crank out a guitar solo like the 22 year-old man who wrote this song. Mason is doing more than alright, he can still thrown down with the rest of them after all these years.
“Who would have thought that this would go on to be covered by so many different artists and bands, you just never know,” Mason said of the song. “But what I do know today is that people need some hope and comfort and especially music, which is why I called up some friends to re-record a special version of the song. To do this remotely was somewhat challenging, hence the name ‘The Quarantines’, but the spirit of strength, hope and heart prevail.”
Watch Dave Mason and The Quarantines perform “Feelin’ Alright” from quarantine.
Dave Mason & The Quarantines — “Feelin’ Alright”
[Video: Dave Mason]