“My name’s Dave Grohl . I’m a drummer,” the Foo Fighters frontman said Wednesday night (May 7) before playing an acoustic set before a crowd of less than 100 at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. A video crew captured the unannounced performance which took audience members by surprise.
According to the Bluebird’s website, the evening’s schedule included two songwriters “in the round” sessions — one at 6 p.m. with no specific participants listed and a 9 p.m. set featuring the Henningsons, Jimmy Yeary and others.
According to The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper, Grohl’s hour-long set ended shortly after 8 p.m. and included Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These,” then moved through “Big Me,” “Friend of a Friend,” “My Hero,” “Skin and Bones,” “Wheels,” “Learn to Fly,” “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners” and “Everlong.”
“The heart and soul of this city is in the music and the musicians,” the former Nirvana drummer said. “It is an honor to be here.”
Although Grohl has a connection to the Zac Brown Band, the reason for his surprise appearance in Nashville remains unclear. However, the Foo Fighters performed in Grohl’s hometown of Washington, D.C., on Monday. Grohl gained recognition as a filmmaker for producing and directing Sound City, a documentary about the Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Calif., where Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac and others recorded legendary albums.
Grohl met Brown at the 2013 Grammy Awards and performed with the Zac Brown Band later that year at the CMA Awards. Their studio collaborations led to the band’s The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 which was released digitally in December and will be available as a CD/DVD package on May 19.