Prince’s Super Bowl cover is ‘proudest achievement’
Foo fighters singer Dave grohl Continues his “Dave’s True Stories” series, detailing his admiration for the late music giant Prince and how he ended up meeting and jamming with the musician. And if you doubt how much respect Prince holds for the leader of Foo, just know that Grohl calls Prince’s decision to cover Foo Fighters’ “Best of You” at the Super Bowl as his “proudest musical achievement.”
The heart of Grohl’s latest “true story” centers around getting a chance to jam with Prince in Los Angeles during the musician’s 21-night epic at the Forum in 2011, but Grohl first gives a bit of the background. He details being shot by Prince when the band wanted to commercially release their cover of “Darling Nikki” in the early 2000s and feel he ended up on the wrong side of Prince. But that all changed in 2007 when a ray of light came from a torrential downpour in Miami as Prince rocked Foo Fighters “Best of You” in the middle of a medley at the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
“I was stunned, in shock, inundated with emotion,” says Grohl. “As my tears hit the keyboard like Miami rain that night, I realized that this was without a doubt my greatest musical pride. All those years spent in my bedroom training alone on Beatles records, sleeping in cold infested squats on winter van tours. across Europe, beating my drums until my hands literally bleed … it all paid off right now. I watched the greatest living performer known to man sing my song to 100 million people like it was his own (and, needless to say, much better than I ever could have). Grohl added that he considered this moment “the biggest compliment of my life.”
Years later, Grohl would learn that Prince was interested in a jam, but Grohl wasn’t sure the offer was legitimate. Still, he intended to catch the opening night of the 21 night. “I gathered a party bus, a bunch of rowdy friends, and enough booze to drown Shane MacGowan,” recalls Grohl, who was later encountered by a security member at the concert and said Prince knew he was there and that he was going to call him up on stage to play. But, as Grohl put it, “I was fucking hammerhead. Not sober, and there was no way I was going to get on the Prince stage in this state.”
Still, Grohl eventually got the chance to meet Prince backstage, where he not only met him, but legendary percussionist Sheila E. As the discussion progressed, Prince offered to play in private, stating : “How about next Friday?”
But as the week went on there was no call and Grohl finally made his way to the Forum not knowing what time he was supposed to come jam. Prince finally arrived and invited him to play the drums.
“To get on my feet, I started playing a groove, nothing fancy, but digging to find my bearings on this giant wall of drums. By this point, his entire group had converged on stage, taking their seats. Prince watched, inspecting me with a smile. He motioned for his bass player to hand him his instrument, tied it up and proceeded to decimate the fucking thing with the smoothest, funkiest, fastest and most graceful playing I have ever heard to date. . It was on me like glue, ”Grohl recalled.
“” Dude you got a heavy foot, “he said … I gave my best ‘awww shucks’ face, but inside I was beaming, jumping out of my skin, validated forever by the grace of his eminence, “said Grohl. That would have been enough, but Prince then grabbed a guitar and started playing “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin. “I put in this drum intro with every cell in my body,” Grohl recalls. “Fill the empty cavernous arena with all the thunder I could possibly summon. It was fucking slammed. After a few highs five years, Grohl said: “Prince turned to me, smiled and said, ‘We should do this. “” Although an invitation returned for the following Friday, it never materialized, but it left her with incredible memories. .
“When I heard he had passed, I sat alone in my car crying,” says Grohl. “Feeling both blessed to have shared these moments with him, and heartbroken that there aren’t any more. There will never be another like him. We were lucky to have him. while we did. I miss him a lot. “
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