Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of the Foo Fighters drive through Los Angeles in a new video, touring the places that are connected to David Bowie. The video, released by Playboy, also reveals that Dave Grohl reached out to Bowie about a potential collaboration but was turned down, in the most Bowie-esque way possible.
Grohl says he contacted Bowie about the collaboration a couple of years ago through email. He wanted Bowie to be a vocalist on a track, but Bowie wasn’t feeling it. He emailed Grohl back, “David… I got to be honest, it’s not my thing. I’m not made for these times. So thanks, but I think I’m gonna sit this one out.”
After emailing a bit more, Bowie responded with, “Alright, now that’s settled then, f*ck off.”
The email shows Bowie’s unique sense of humour, and Grohl took it in stride. He just covered Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” at a Grammy Awards pre-party last weekend with Beck and the remaining members of Nirvana.
The tribute also reminded us of another late musician, Nirvana’s frontman Kurt Cobain. Nirvana covered Bowie’s song in a memorable raw performance in the Nirvana Unplugged taping.