Dave Grohl said the Beatles were the reason he became a musician, and at the Grammy’s Salute to the Beatles he got the chance to impress his heroes.
Performing the Yellow Submarine track “Hey Bulldog” at the Beatles tribute, Grohl had Paul McCartney singing along and Ringo Starr bobbing his head. Grohl played guitar and sang alongside Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra in what was one of the most powerful performances of the night.
Grohl’s daughter even got to join him on stage, making a heart with her hands at the end of the performance.
The moment, which was broadcast on CBS, was something of a lifelong dream for Dave Grohl.
“From a very early age, I loved their groove and their swagger, their grace and their beauty, their dark and their light,” Grohl said of the band. “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 extensive lineup for the event included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, and the Eurythmics. George Harrison’s son, Dhani Harrison, even performed his father’s song “Something” onstage.
Grohl admitted that the song he picked, “Hey Bulldog,” wasn’t one of the band’s biggest hits, but said it was a perfect representation of the band.
“To me, it’s a quintessential Beatles rocker,” he said, as the Beatles in attendance nodded in approval. “Paul’s rolling bass line. The trademark Ringo drum fills. George’s gritty distorted guitar. And that sound that only the back of John Lennon’s throat could produce.”
The CBS showcase, The Night that Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, came on what was the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first performance in the United States. Grohl would be born three years later.
Dave Grohl had incorporated Beatles songs into his music many times before, performing covers of songs like “Blackbird” and “Come Together” both with Foo Fighters and in his solo work.