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This song pokes fun at the stereotypical lifestyle of a famous musician, complete with references to extravagant homes, groupies, drugs and famous friends.
The spoken interludes are performed by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, who is a certified Rock Star. Gibbons appears in the video as well.
In the video, every few words are mimed by a different person, resulting in over 100 people participating. Some are regular people, but many celebrities show up as well, including Eliza Dushku, Paul Wall, Wayne Gretzky, Gene Simmons, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kid Rock and Nelly Furtado.
Chad Kroeger told musicomh.com
: "We had a lot of fun with that one. Just crazy nonsensical things that help paint this picture of someone dreaming about being a Rock Star. It's what you would also do if you won the lottery. I hope it comes across as us having a lot of fun and even to some degree, making fun of ourselves."
Kroeger originally met Billy Gibbons at a state fair where both bands were playing. Kroeger asked his tour manager to get him Gibbons' phone number. Kroeger told musicomh.com: "He took the initiative and got Billy to call me. And when he calls you, it's the coolest feeling on the planet. You pick up the phone and say 'Hello?' And he goes (imitating deep Texan voice), 'This is Billy Gibbons. How are ya?'"
This dropped out of the UK Top 40 in July 2008 after 37 continuous weeks, thereby equaling the record 37 week continuous Top 40 run clocked up by Frankie Goes To Hollywood with "Relax
" in 1984.
A month after dropping out, this returned to the UK Top 40 in August 2008 as a result of its use in a DFS television advertisement.
Don Brewer of Grand Funk
The drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.
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