Grohl: 'The Beatles Are the Reason I'm a Musician'

The famous musician praises legendary band.

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Dave Grohl has never hidden his admiration for the Fab Four - and after playing the Beatles' "Hey Bulldog" during a TV special for the band the Foo Fighters frontman claims he wouldn't even be on stage but for Lennon, Macca and co.

His praise comes hot on the heels of the Grammys at which Grohl labelled Paul McCartney a "groundbreaking visionary."

The cover which Grohl played alongside Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne was performed in front of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono who each appeared to thoroughly enjoy the performance.

Speaking after the show to Rolling Stone Grohl beamed: "If it weren't for the Beatles, I would not be a musician. From a very early age, I loved their groove and their swagger, their grace and their beauty, their dark and their light. The Beatles knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as rock and roll, for my parents, for me and for my daughter, too.

"The song I'm proud to play with these great musicians, from the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack, is not one of the Beatles' greatest hits but to me, it's a quintessential Beatles rocker. Paul's rolling bass line. The trademark Ringo drum fills. George [Harrisson]'s gritty distorted guitar. And that sound that only the back of John Lennon's throat could produce.

"This is for my mom's favourite band, my favourite band, and now my daughter's favourite band," he added.

Grohl's performance was part of an evening named "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," as it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first performance in the USA. Also on the bill were Imagine Dragons, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Maroon 5.

In addition to singing the Foo Fighters frontman also took a stint on drums with Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    His performance was one of the better of those at the concert.
    Agreed. I thought Him, Stevie Wonder, and John Mayer's performances were the best as far as the tributes went. Alicia Keys and John Legend were decent, and really? Katy Perry was awful...
    I'm not really a fan of the Beatles. But I have to admit that we have so much great music because of them today. They deserve respect.
    True, but I can't understand how every musician -when they're young- go "I started out 'cause of Sabbath, Metallica, Nirvana" or whatever band, you name it. Soon as they hit 40 they're all "Oh The Beatles are the best"... little hypocritical.
    I could barely hear Dave's vocals on the cover. It wasn't mixed well at all, I thought. Not his fault, but I was just peeved I couldn't hear him.
    wasn't Zeppelin his greatest influence or something?
    Probably. You have to realize that this was at the 'Beatles - A Grammy Salute' Last night. Dave Grohl played a few tunes there and had to give a quick speech before he started. I don't doubt that he was heavily influenced by The Beatles as well though.
    Dave is so well known around here that UG simply refers to him as "Grohl".
    No I'm pretty sure that's just standard journalism. Every article about anyone is formatted in that way.
    Green Day is the reason I am a musician then I started listening to The Beatles and I thought where the hell have you guys been all my life?
    The way he describes their Yellow Submarine song sounds like he's talking about a hardcore song or something =P
    A quick Google search told me that he's talking about Hey Bulldog, not Yellow Submarine. It's mentioned in the article above but it's not clear at all.
    Hey Bulldog is one of the coolest riffs I've ever heard.
    Aaaand "-2", again. What, did I insult the Beatles? I didn't state that I didn't like them or anything... Did I forget the word 'respect' (reference to the guy above me)? Wow... I know this band was groundbreaking back in the day (and still are awesome in their own respect, obviously), but I just think it's funny comparing them to today's music and I'm solely talking about the 'heaviness' here... In any case, I'm gonna leave it at that... Probably for the best...
    Hold your horses, I misinterpreted the article. I thought he was talking about a different song. But still, "-3"?...
    I dig the Beatles,but rock N roll wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Ike turner,Chuck Berry,Elvis Presley also a lot is owed to The Rolling Stones too.