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Chelsea Wolfe honors Roky Erickson with “Night of the Vampire” cover (listen)

Chelsea Wolfe Roky Erickson

We sadly lost psychedelic rock legend and 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson last week, and not surprisingly — since his influence spread far and wide — many musicians paid tribute to him since. One of the latest is Chelsea Wolfe, who shared a haunting acoustic cover of “Night of the Vampire.” Along with the release of the song, she wrote:

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, and 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, and 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, and I was shaking afterward, always a sign that I’ve opened myself up to something beyond myself. thank you Roky, for setting me free. <3 CW

The original was a doomy dirge that appeared on Roky’s 1981 solo album The Evil One, and Chelsea does the song a lot of justice while fully making it her own and sounding powerful and emotional in the process. It’s a beautiful tribute.

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