Watch Dave Grohl and Jack Black Cover Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio”
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During the third edition of their Hanukkah Sessions, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin paid tribute to Rush by performing “The Spirit of Radio” with a lot of Jack Black‘s assistance.
The sessions were performed live for the first time this year, with Grohl performing a nine-song cover performance at the Largo nightclub in Los Angeles last December 5. Foo Fighters producer and multi-instrumentalist Kurstin was with him the entire time.
Beck, Pink, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Inara George of Kurstin’s Bird and the Bee, and Grohl’s daughter Violet also performed on the star-studded show. The Anti-Defamation League benefited from the event’s revenues, which were hosted by Judd Apatow.
“2112 Part I: Overture,” “Working Man,” and “YYZ” were some of the songs Grohl tore through with remaining Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in September at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts. Grohl said during the first tribute show at London’s Wembley Stadium:
“Now if there’s one band that I always associated Taylor Hawkins with, it’s these next two guys.”
“I have to say, it was not only one of the best evenings of my life, watching him do it, but perhaps one of the best nights of his,” says Hawkins of the time he stood up and performed with these two boys in their hometown of Toronto, Canada.
Although Lee was born Gary Lee Weinrib, he considers himself “a Jew as a race, but not so much as a religion. I’m not down with religion at all. I’m a Jewish atheist if that’s possible. … I celebrate the holidays in the sense that my family gets together for the holidays and I like being a part of that. So I observe the ‘getting together’ aspect.”
Grohl, on the other hand, who is not Jewish, said that doing these shows with Kurstin, who is Jewish, helped him gain a greater appreciation for the holiday and the value of spreading joy. Grohl said at the end of 2020’s Hanukkah Sessions:
“This project, which initially began as a silly idea, grew to represent something much more important to me.
“It showed me that the simple gesture of spreading joy and happiness goes a long way, and as we look forward, we should all make an effort to do so, no matter how many candles are left to light on the menorah.”
You can check out their performance below.