Dave Grohl’s passion for classic rock is well documented. After all, he directed Sound City, the 2013 documentary about Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, where some of the greatest albums of the past 40 years were recorded, including discs by Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Metallica, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Young, not to mention Grohl’s former group, Nirvana.
His love for the genre was on show again this past July 4, when he performed a faithful rendition of Young’s 1969 classic “Cinnamon Girl” during a surprise morning concert. The 9:30 a.m. party was a prelude to the Foo Fighter’s 20th anniversary concert at RFK Stadium held later that day. That show also marked Grohl’s return to the stage after breaking his leg during a performance in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 12.
For the morning concert, Grohl was joined by former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen, Blind Melon guitarist Christopher Thorn, singer-songwriter Jonny Kaplan and Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee. The occasion was the first time that Grohl and Krusen, drummers from two of Seattle’s biggest grunge-era bands, have shared a stage.
Grohl, still nursing a broken leg, kept his injured limb slung over a chair while he and the group performed “Cinnamon Girl” as well as the Rolling Stones’ “Bitch,” from Sticky Fingers, the band’s celebrated 1971 album, which has recently been reissued.
Grohl had previously performed “Bitch” with the Stones during their May 18, 2013 concert in Anaheim, California. Not coincidentally, Bitch is the name of the Rolling Stones cover band that Krusen, Thorn, Kaplan and Jaffee perform in.
Here’s Grohl and company performing “Cinnamon Girl.”