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GBI (Dave Grohl, Charlie Benantae, and Scott Ian) cover Bad Brains’ “The Regulator” for Record Store Day

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters at the Pinkpop Festival^ The Netherlands; June 16 2018.

GBI, comprised of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante and Scott Ian, has announced the release of “The Regulator,” a cover of the iconic Bad Brains song from that band’s self-titled 1982 debut album. The release of GBI’s version of ‘The Regulator” is set for April 20 – Record Store Day.

“The Regulator” by GBI is exclusive to Record Store Day as a special, limited-edition seven-inch vinyl, with only 6,000 copies pressed. All proceeds from the sales will support healthcare for Bad Brains’ frontman Paul D. Hudson (otherwise known as H.R.), who has been dealing with complications from SUNCT, a condition causing debilitating and severe headaches. Only 6,000 copies of this single have been pressed for Record Store Day, with proceeds going to assist Hudson’s healthcare bills.

Per a news release, the collaboration of Grohl, Ian and Benante came about during recording sessions at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios, where Anthrax and Foo Fighters were both working. Scott Ian texted Grohl with the idea of recording “The Regulator” together, which led to the creation of this special release for a charitable cause. Said Ian, “Charlie and I asked Dave if he’d play drums and sing as well, and he was in. Charlie played bass, and I was on guitar. We ripped the song live in two takes. It was so much fun to get to play with Dave on drums and to hear his voice with my guitar. We’re all such huge Bad Brains fans – hope you all get a copy.”

Charlie, who creates the artwork for Anthrax, came up with the idea of having the three of them popping out of a jack-in-the-box in front of CBGB, the legendary New York City nightclub. Said Benante: “I had started to think about the old days of CBGB and my love for toy collecting, and everything just fell into place.”

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