Never underestimate the power of a good suit. During the Foo Fighters’ sold-out hot-ticket Halloween show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Foo leader Dave Grohl told a story of how he met “friend for life” Zac Brown while shopping for formal wear. “The one reason I came to this city to record was because I met this one dude in a fucking men’s shop. I was getting a suit and he was getting a suit,” said Grohl, barefoot and, like the rest of his band, in King Diamond zombie paint on the Ryman stage.
The result of that happenstance haberdashery meeting was Zac Brown Band’s EP The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1, Brown’s contribution to the Foo Fighters‘ new LP Sonic Highways, “Congregation,” and a guest appearance from Brown himself during Friday night’s Ryman gig. Grohl welcomed the singer-guitarist — also in corpse paint — to the stage a little after 1:30 a.m. to rip through Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs” with additional help from photographer Magdalena Wosinska on guitar. Check out the fan-filmed video above. New pals Grohl and Brown performed the Sabbath gloom-and-doom staple a few weeks earlier during the Foos’ residency on the Late Show With David Letterman.
Brown wasn’t the only surprise guest during the Foo Fighters’ Nashville gig, however. Earlier in the evening, Grohl introduced swamp-rocker Tony Joe White — seemingly the only guy not in face paint — and watched wide-eyed as White growled his down-south juke “Polk Salad Annie,” a song later adopted by Elvis Presley for his Seventies live shows.
“He changed me in a way that I hope that every time we come around to play, he comes to play with us,” Grohl said of meeting White in Music City to film the HBO documentary Sonic Highways. The Nashville episode of the series was screened prior to the Foo Fighters’ 11 p.m. show, a 25-song, three-hour set that included hits like “Monkey Wrench,” “My Hero,” “Everlong” and covers by Tom Petty and Queen.