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Dave Grohl’s Guest List: 21 Amazing Musical Cameos

The Foo Fighters frontman has drummed, played guitar and sang with everyone from Puff Daddy to Paul McCartney

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Dave Grohl has guest-starred with everyone from Puff Daddy to David Bowie. Here are his 21 of his best cameo appearances.

Katarina Benzova

Since the early Nineties, Dave Grohl has played in a few little-known bands like Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, directed a documentary about Los Angeles’ famed Sound City Studios, created a TV series for HBO and even rocked the Acropolis. But that evidently hasn’t been enough for the hyper-energetic multi-instrumentalist, who has also guest-starred with dozens of artists, drumming for Tom Petty, helping Puff Daddy remix his biggest hit, playing the devil for Tenacious D and squared off against the Muppets’ Animal. Here are 21 of our favorite Grohl cameos.

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Zac Brown Band, ‘The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1’ (2013)

“They’re unbelievable,” Dave Grohl said of the Zac Brown Band in a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone. After joining the group for a performance at the CMA Awards, Grohl ended up producing and drumming on the group’s 2013 EP The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1. “People are like ‘oh, it’s country.’ ‘No, it’s not, it’s like the Allman Brothers.’ ‘No, it’s not, it’s jam band.’ I don’t even know what you would call it, it’s fucking great.”

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction (2014)

Dave Grohl has largely avoided any type of Nirvana reunion, but when the group was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he and Krist Novoselic decided to perform the band’s original material with a handful of female singers offering their own Grohl-style cameos. Kim Gordon, Annie Clark, Joan Jett and Lorde all performed inspired versions of Nirvana classics, and Grohl was particularly taken by Lorde’s work. “There’s something about her that represented or resembled the Nirvana aesthetic,” he told Rolling Stone.  

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The Muppets’ Animal (2015)

Grohl, who often whips his hair around like a Muppet when he’s drumming, joined unwieldy Animal for a drum-off in 2015 when the Muppets show was airing on TV. In a one-minute clip, Grohl says, “I’ve been waiting years for this, Animal.” “Now we see who best,” the muppet replies. Then for the next minute, the Foo Fighters frontman and the Electric Mayhem stickman trade licks in a competitive drum-off. Before long, they’re playing together – so hard in fact that each of their kits fall over, leading to a hilarious kicker. Later, Grohl fronted the Muppets on a version of “Learn to Fly.”

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Guns N’ Roses, “Paradise City” (2017)

After Nirvana feuded with Guns N’ Roses in the early Nineties, the two camps reached a détente in the years after Kurt Cobain’s death. In 2016, Axl Rose borrowed Grohl’s custom throne – which he’d built after he broke his leg onstage – for a run of gigs after the GN’R singer injured his foot. The band welcomed Grohl onstage at the Tulsa, Oklahoma, date of its Not in This Lifetime Tour the next year for a rendition of “Paradise City,” which found Grohl singing and playing guitar. When he came onstage, he tried to join bassist Duff McKagan on his mic, but the bassist showed him that he had his own stand. Once in position, he sang along and bashed away at his guitar until the end when he gave Axl Rose a big hug.

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