Dave Grohl will make his 11th appearance as a performer on Saturday Night Live tonight when he and the Foo Fighters join Mick Jagger for a performance of . . . well, who knows? This puts Grohl in a firm lead over nine-time performer Paul Simon as the most frequent musical guest in the history of the long-running program. Grohl’s appearances on the show are split between several projects: while tonight marks his seventh time on SNL as the leader of the Foo Fighters, he made his first two visits as a member of Nirvana, and he has played on the show as part of Them Crooked Vultures and as a fill-in drummer for Tom Petty in 1994.
Here are a few highlights from various Grohl appearances on Saturday Night Live.
Nirvana play a brutal version of “Territorial Pissings” on their first visit to Saturday Night Live on January 11th, 1992.
Grohl womps on his kit while Nirvana play “Heart Shaped Box” at the dress rehearsal for the September 25th, 1993 episode of Saturday Night Live.
Foo Fighters perform “I’ll Stick Around” in their first appearance on Saturday Night Live on December 2nd, 1995.
Grohl and Them Crooked Vultures, his supergroup with Josh Homme and John Paul Jones, play “Mind Eraser” on the February 6th, 2010 episode.
Foo Fighters play “Walk” in their most recent visit to the show on April 9th, 2011.
Grohl has also appeared in a few memorable skits while passing through the Saturday Night Live studios. Here he is in the digital short “People Getting Punched in the Face While Eating”:
Grohl also made a memorable appearance as the drummer of a reunited punk rock band at a wedding:
Grohl is a very funny dude and clearly handles himself well in a sketch, so hopefully the next time he pops up on Saturday Night Live, he will actually be hosting the thing.