Foo Fighters Take Their Place In Rock Hall, Jam With Paul McCartney
CLEVELAND, OHIO – OCTOBER 30: Paul McCartney talks about the Foo Fighters on stage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Paul McCartney did the honors by inducting the Foo Fighters into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 class, and he did so by drawing parallels between himself and Dave Grohl.
Sir Paul explained how they both fell in love with rock and roll when they were children and decided to make a living making music. Then the two joined groups – The Beatles and Nirvana – who took the world by storm. These two groups dissolved, which led Macca and Grohl to make albums where they played all instruments.
“Do you think this guy is harassing me?” Said McCartney, laughing.
McCartney said during his speech, “I feel very privileged to be here tonight to induct these guys,” and he went on to say how he was backstage with the band and told them, “This is it. It’s not just any hall of fame; it’s the fucking rock and roll hall of fame.
Foo Fighters took the stage following a video package to perform “Best of You”, “My Hero” and “Everlong” and was by far the loudest set of the night.
Each member of the Foo Fighters made brief remarks and all thanked their respective families. Notable remarks came from drummer Taylor Hawkins, who said, “I want to thank Paul McCartney. It was crazy! Hawkins would later shout out George Michael, Jane’s Addiction and Soundgarden as acts he would like to see eventually inducted into Rock Hall.
Pianist Rami Jaffe said: “I would like to thank five people and you are watching them right now. Make six! Then pointed at McCartney.
As for Grohl, he got a huge response from the sold-out crowd saying, “What’s up Ohio? I was born here! ”But kept his remarks short and acknowledged the many members of the Foo Fighters family who have been with the band for decades.
After the Foos’ speeches, it was time for another number, and the new members of Rock Hall were joined by McCartney for an exhilarating performance of the Beatles classic “Get Back”.
Prior to the performance, Grohl made sure to recognize Sir Paul by noting that he had never had any formal musical training and that everything he had learned about music came from Beatles records and a collection of Beatles songs.
“Everything I’ve learned about rock and roll I’ve learned from this man here,” Grohl said, pointing to Macca, who clearly looked touched.
2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
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