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Black Label Society Cover Bill Withers' 'Sunshine' – Song Premiere

Metal band turns down for emotional take on classic song

Black Label Society
Scott Uchida
August 9, 2013 8:00 AM ET

Click to listen to Black Label Society's "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone"

Black Label Society have built their name on hard-edged heavy metal, but there's more to Zakk Wylde and crew than searing riffs and beefy guitars. The rockers show a softer side on this cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone," tapping into the singer's emotional honesty with swooning violins, meandering guitars and Wylde's bleeding, tortured vocals.

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The song was a long time coming for Wylde. "'Ain't No Sunshine' is such a beautiful, heartfelt song. I've always loved it and wanted to cover it," he tells Rolling Stone. "It felt so right in the context of [our live album]."

Black Label Society's cover of "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" will be on their upcoming live double album, Unblackened, out September 24th. Preorders are available on iTunes.

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