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Dave Grohl Calls Paul McCartney a 'Visionary' at the Grammys

Grohl had won an award for Best Compilation Soundtrack earlier for his 'Sound City' album

January 26, 2014 8:10 PM ET
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In an interview with Ryan Seacrest for E! on the Red Carpet of the 2014 Grammy Awards, Dave Grohl said Paul McCartney "makes you feel like you've been friends forever," when you meet him. Grohl won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media earlier in the evening for the album Sound City: Real to Reel, an LP which prominently featured the track "Cut Me Some Slack," which found the former Beatle jamming with Grohl and ex-members of Nirvana. That track is also up for Best Rock Song tonight.

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"The reason why we are here today is because of Ringo, Paul, John and George," Grohl told Seacrest. And regarding being in the same room with a Beatle, Grohl said, "It's like seeing a UFO. . . You have to pinch yourself."

Grohl has performed with McCartney a few times since recording the track, once at the 12-12-12 concert and at a McCartney gig in Seattle. "Every time we do it, I have to say, 'I'm playing with a Beatle. I'm playing with a Beatle,'" Groh told Seacrest.

He finished by describing the Beatle: "He's adventurous. He's experimental. He's a true groundbreaking visionary."

Previously, McCartney told Rolling Stonehow much he enjoyed playing with Grohl's Sound City lineup. "When you're playing with guys like that, you realize that they've been to the heights of fame, so they're used to it – they're not gonna freak," he said. "And they're hell of musicians, so we learned everything really quickly. That's what's great about playing with guys like that."

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