Appearing yesterday at Detroit's techno-centric Movement festival, Rock said that the first single, the title track, will arrive in late June and that the album's guest stars will include rapper T.I., country star Martina McBride, and classic-rocker Bob Seger. From the sounds of it, Born Free will pick up where Jesus left off, venturing into the many different genres that Rock loves.
According to Adam Graham of The Detroit News, Rock said of his collaboration with Seger entitled "Collide," "I asked him to be on the track and he didn't call me back. I started getting really nervous, and then a couple days later he showed up at the studio, by himself. I said, 'Bob, why didn't you call? I didn't think you were going to do it!' He said, 'I was practicing.'"
Born Free was potentially going to be coming out in 2009, but in June of last year, Rock announced that he was going to spend more time on the record, recruiting Red Hot Chili Peppers producer Rick Rubin to come in and help him rework the material. Expectations are certainly high for the album, considering that Rock N Roll Jesus went triple-platinum and contained the ubiquitous summer hit "All Summer Long." Last year, Rock vowed that he and Rubin "won't release [the album] until we both agree that every song on it is great." Apparently, they've now reached that point.
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