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- Posted on Apr 5th 2010 4:00PM by Pat Pemberton
"We haven't been fighting what the press labels us," drummer Patrick Hallahan tells Spinner. "But we don't really consider ourselves a southern rock band by any stretch."
Of course, MMJ didn't help the cause by performing southern anthem 'Free Bird' in the 2005 Cameron Crowe film 'Elizabethtown.' But MMJ simply couldn't turn down a chance to work with Crowe, portraying a fictional band named Ruckus.
"When Cameron Crowe first approached us about being in the movie, we were -- as you could imagine -- really excited to get involved with it in any way possible," Hallahan says. "Then we found out what song it was, and we were like, 'Oh God -- no. Any song but that.'"
The band doesn't have a problem with southern rock, he said. It's just that they had read stories describing their music as southern rock, and they knew performing 'Free Bird' might lend credence to the label.
"But Cameron is such a great guy, and the movie seemed like such a fun project to be a part of, we had to do it," Hallahan says. "We've only played 'Free Bird' once."
For the record, he also claims he's never yelled 'Free Bird!' at a concert.