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Brothers Osborne Join Foo Fighters to Cover Tom Petty’s ‘Breakdown’

John Osborne delivers a blistering solo during a surprise appearance with Dave Grohl and co. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Brothers Osborne joined Foo Fighters onstage in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Monday night for a performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s 1977 debut single “Breakdown.”

Performing the penultimate show of their 2018 Concrete and Gold Tour at the Rogers Place arena, Foo Fighters opted to pay tribute to Petty, who would have turned 68 on October 20th. With singer TJ Osborne and guitarist John Osborne of the CMA Award-winning duo in attendance — the band played their own concert nearby on Sunday night — Foo leader Dave Grohl introduced Brothers Osborne to their fans. “There’s a wonderful band that played here … Brothers Osborne,” he said, noting the siblings’ day off spent in Edmonton. “They were drinking with us before the show, so I feel obligated to give ’em a little somethin’ somethin’.”

John Osborne kicked the song off with its trademark slippery riff, as Grohl vamped his way through the opening verses, with TJ chiming in. A ragged but right rendition, the Foos/Osbornes’ “Breakdown” featured a blistering mid-song solo from John. [Go to the 3:40 mark in the video above or scroll through the Instagram post below.]

This isn’t the first time the Osbornes have collaborated with members of the Foo Fighters. Last year, they joined the group’s keyboardist Rami Jaffee onstage in Nashville at Kendell Marvel’s Honky Tonk Experience and talked guitar solos with Foos guitarist Chris Shiflett on his Walking the Floor podcast.

Foo Fighters wrap up their 2018 tour on Tuesday in Calgary. Brothers Osborne, meanwhile, continue their Canadian tour with the Wild Feathers on Wednesday.


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