Battle on for official rock song status in Mass.
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A battle of the bands is breaking out on Beacon Hill pitting rock megastars Aerosmith against underground legends the Modern Lovers for the title of official rock song of Massachusetts.
Two state lawmakers proposed Aerosmith’s “Dream On” to be named the official rock song of Massachusetts as a challenge to a recent bill pushing for the song “Roadrunner” by the Modern Lovers to have the title.
Independent music producer Joyce Linehan proposed “Roadrunner” as the official state rock song months ago. The bill was filed last week.
“Everything from the Berkshires to Mattapan to Stop and Shop, to the Prudential, the Cape, the North Shore, everything’s in there,” said Linehan. “And it’s really just an uplifting song about how great it is to be alive and how great it is to be from Massachusetts.”
In response, two state representatives filed a bill this week to make “Dream On” the official rock song.
“I had a constituent come to me from Marshfield on Friday and said, ‘You know, I have a different idea. We should be doing the number one band in America that everyone in Massachusetts knows about for Aerosmith,’” said Rep. Jim Cantwell.
Linehan said both songs are awesome.
“If we’re looking for a popularity contest, who sold the most records, hands down it’s Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On,’ but if we’re looking for a song that so well encapsulates the spirit of Massachusetts, it’s absolutely ‘Roadrunner,’” said Linehan.
Cantwell admits “Dream On” has very little to do with Massachusetts.
“‘Dream On,’ it’s more, it’s not just Massachusetts. This goes beyond anyone who has aspirations and may feel down at some point in time. It’s really to encourage people to reach for their dreams and try to persevere and to do that in what could be challenging times,” said Cantwell.
Both of the bills are in committee.