Adam Sandler covers Neil Young's Like A Hurricane

Billy Madison becomes Mr Soul
Billy Madison becomes Mr Soul

Recently, Adam Sandler turned up on the David Letterman Show, strapped on a Les Paul and covered Neil Young's classic Like A Hurricane.

And it was no joke. Really.

Joined by veteran guitarist Waddy Wachtel and backed by the Late Show Orchestra, Sandler's take on Young's 1977 song was surprisingly solid and gutsy.

The comic actor's reedy voice was a dead ringer for Young's. He even played a raw and ragged guitar solo - another perfect match. Check out the video below.

Sandler's version of Like A Hurricane will be featured on Covered, A Revolution In Sound, due in March from Warner Brothers Records. The album celebrates the golden anniversary of the label and sees 11 artists currently on the roster performing a favorite rock song from Warner's first 50 years.

The complete tracklisting

1. Mastodon: Just Got Paid (by ZZ Top)
2. The Black Keys: Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles (by Captain Beefheart)
3. Michelle Branch: A Case Of You (by Joni Mitchell)
4. Against Me!: Here Comes A Regular (by The Replacements)
5. Missy Higgins: More Than This (by Roxy Music)
6. James Otto: Into The Mystic (by Van Morrison)
7. Adam Sandler: Like A Hurricane (by Neil Young)
8. Taking Back Sunday: You Wreck Me (by Tom Petty)
9. The Used: Burning Down The House (by Talking Heads)
10. Disturbed: Midlife Crisis (by Faith No More)
11. Avenged Sevenfold: Paranoid (by Black Sabbath)
12. The Flaming Lips With Stardeath And White Dwarfs: Borderline (by Madonna)

We would've loved to have heard Neil Young return the favor and cover Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song. Maybe on the next compilation.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.