Donovan is among the acclaimed musicians who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday. In a new interview with Billboard, the folk-rock great revealed some of the tunes he’s considering playing at the ceremony after he’s welcomed into the hallowed institution by John Mellencamp.
“‘Sunshine Superman’ I cannot not play, but I would like to preface it with an acoustic song, probably ‘Catch the Wind,’” he says. Donovan also shared that he would be performing his 1966 classic “Season of the Witch,” most likely with accompaniment from Jim James of the modern-rock act My Morning Jacket. The two musicians previously collaborated on the tune at New York’s Radio City Music Hall at the 2009 Change Begins Within benefit show for the David Lynch Foundation. “I got on really well with him so I will have the younger generation there,” Donovan maintains.
Looking ahead to potential future projects, the singer/songwriter offers, “I would love to do a soundtrack with the right director — I have a love of cinema and by extension TV and commercials.”
He also says he’s excited about a custom acoustic guitar Gibson is making for him based on the cherry-red J-45 model he used on all of his albums through 1969. The original guitar was stolen during one of his shows in 1970.
“To have a custom guitar and then possibly a line of guitars for my fans, that’s a lovely thing,” Donovan says about the new Gibson being created for him.
As previously announced, a new two-CD compilation titled The Essential Donovan, featuring a selection of the artist’s classic songs from the 1960s and early ’70s, will be released Tuesday.
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