Last night (Feb. 9), a momentous television event aired on CBS celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles‘ arrival to the United States. The band’s performance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ introduced America to the Beatles, beginning the biggest rock and roll revolution of all time. In tribute to that day, ‘The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles’ aired featuring performances from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Foo Fighters / Nirvana rocker Dave Grohl.
Musicians from multiple genres came out to share their love of the Beatles, including Stevie Wonder and Imagine Dragons. Dave Grohl, who recently won a Grammy with Beatles icon Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana, showcased his multi-instrumentalist chops by playing guitar and singing ‘Hey Bulldog’ before getting behind the drum kit for ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’
“I can honestly say that if it weren’t for the Beatles, I would not be a musician,” Grohl stated before playing ‘Hey Bulldog.’ “From a very early age, I loved their groove and their swagger, their grace and their beauty, their dark and their light. The Beatles knew no boundaries and in that freedom they seemed to definite what we now know today as rock and roll for my parents, for me and for my daughter too. The song I’m proud to play with these great musicians, from the ‘Yellow Submarine’ soundtrack, is not one of the Beatles greatest hits, but to me, it’s a quintessential Beatles rocker. Paul’s rolling bass line, the trademark Ringo drum fills, George’s gritty distorted guitar and that sound that only the back of John Lennon’s throat could produce. This is for my Mom’s favorite band, my favorite band and now my daughter’s favorite band.”
The night ended with an all-star jam in which all the participants came out to help sing ‘Hey Jude.’
Watch Dave Grohl jam ‘Hey Bulldog’ in the video above!