How Weezer Made Dave Grohl Cry

Plus, an update on a new Foo Fighters record in the works

Saturday night the Foo Fighters took the stage at Rock In Rio in Brazil, but it was another band on the bill that had Dave Grohl tearing up.

Weezer played earlier in the evening, sprinkling in covers from Toto, Black Sabbath, and a-ha – but it was their take on “Lithium” from Nirvana that got Grohl emotional. “We’re gonna cover a song from Dave Grohl’s old band to tide you over until the main course in a few minutes,” Rivers Cuomo announced before jumping into the 1991 classic.

Honored by the cover, Grohl returned the shout out before the Foo Fighters played “Big Me” during their set, admitting to missing the song and enjoying their version.

“Tonight I’m gonna dedicate this one to Weezer,” he said, during the opening of the song. “I was backstage and I heard Weezer play the ‘Lithium’ song. I got to be honest, I cried a little bit. I did. I miss playing that song. I miss it, so I’m happy to hear Weezer play it again. So this one goes out to the sweet Weezer.”

Grohl also announced that work will soon begin on the follow-up to the band’s 2017 album Concrete And Gold. “We go home next week and we start making a new Foo Fighters record,” he explained as the crowd erupted.

In the meantime, the Foos have gifted us with a few appetizers. Earlier this month they released an EP of live songs from a show in Roswell, and this weekend they dropped an EP featuring demos and alternate versions of songs from 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, as well as covers of “Holiday In Cambodia” from The Dead Kennedys and “Keep The Car Running” from Arcade Fire.

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