If you ever wanted to be a rock star, take a look at the way Dave Grohl does things. The guy has either performed on or created some of the most amazing tunes of his generation from his iconic stint in Nirvana, to the worldwide success of Foo Fighters right down to his idolization of his metal gods with Probot. The best thing about Grohl is he seems to thoroughly enjoy what he does and continues to be awestruck by the people he performs with. With his amazing Sound City documentary now out and the soundtrack finally being released on March 12th, it seemed like a good point to look at the best tunes that he’s had a guest spot on. This doesn’t include any project that isn’t a full time thing but he organized (like Sound City or Probot) but rather songs and albums of other people’s that he’s appeared on.
10. Puff Daddy, “It’s All About the Benjamins (Rock Remix II)” featuring ‘Lil Kim, Notorious B.I.G., Tommy Stinson, Rob Zombie and Dave Grohl on drums. (B-side, 1997)
9. Ghost, “I’m a Marionette” (ABBA Cover) featuring Dave Grohl on drums. (B-side, 2013)
A satanic pope covering ABBA with Dave Grohl. Fantastic.
8. Mondo Generator, “Dog Food” featuring Happy Tom from Turbonegro and Dave Grohl (Dog Food EP, 2010)
A blistering cover of the Iggy Pop tune from Nick Oliveri’s band.
7. Mike Watt, “Big Train” featuring Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl on drums and lap steel (Ball-hog or Tugboat?, 1995)
This marks the first appearance of Dave on a track after the death of Kurt Cobain.
6. Earthlings?, “Rock Dove” featuring Dave Grohl on drums (Human Beans, 2000)
Earthlings? featured Pete Stahl who played with Grohl in Scream.
5. Tenacious D, “Dio” featuring Dave Grohl on drums (Tenacious D, 2001)
Grohl is the only thing that makes Jack Black tolerable.
4. Killing Joke, “Loose Cannon” featuring Dave Grohl on drums (Killing Joke, 2003)
Almost a rebirth for the band, their traditionally gritty sound takes a dynamic turn upwards thanks to Grohl’s tremendous drumming on the entire record.
3. Cat Power, “Speak For Me” featuring Dave Grohl on bass and drums (You Are Free, 2003)
I’ve never been a Cat Power fan but this tune is simply fantastic.
2. Tony Iommi, “Goodbye Lament” featuring Brian May and Dave Grohl on drums and lead vocals (Iommi, 2000)
Combines Dave’s love for both rock and metal into one rockin’ tune.
1. Juliette & the Licks, “Hot Kiss” featuring Dave Grohl on drums and percussion (Four on the Floor, 2007)
I would have never thought Juliette Lewis could rock out like this. Totally irresistible.