Heart’s Ann Wilson was one of many musicians who took part in the 2020 MoPOP Founders Awards Ceremony, which celebrated Seattle native Alice in Chains. She covered the iconic Dirt anthem “Rooster,” and now she’s released a video for it.
The video is an amalgamation of different types of footage, including military footage and clips, insects, and an animated version of Wilson crying the lyrics. The project was apparently made specifically for the MoPOP event, but they decided to show footage of Wilson performing the song instead.
“I wanted to stay true to the song as much as possible, but I wanted to make it my own. But really, honoring the original spirit of the song, which is cockroaches and flies and all that kind of stuff,” Wilson told the Seattle Times to cover “Rooster” in December 2020.
“Before I knew what shape the MoPOP thing was going to take with the live performances, I did a video for ‘Rooster’ which was really dark. They decided not to use it because they wanted it to be a bunch of live performances. But sometimes I’ll release this video because it’s really cool. It’s just maggots and war stuff and darkness and madness.
Watch the video below. Additionally, the song is also available as a B-side on her Sawing 8 EP, which is available on his website.
Alice in Chains and Heart have a long-standing relationship. Wilson sang as a guest on AIC’s 1992 EP Sap, with Chris Cornell and Mark Arm of Mudhoney. The band also recorded their 1995 album Chained Alice at Bad Animals Studio [now Studio X] in Seattle, which Wilson and his sister Nancy Wilson owned from 1991 to 1997.
“The most powerful voice I’ve ever heard is Ann Wilson’s,” Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell told The Aquarian in 2006. “Hands down. And Nancy’s guitar work and vocals are amazing too. It’s an incredible thing. They are legends in my mind.