Foo Fighters and Yes’ Jon Davison Cover Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”

Posted by | February 20, 2016 | Show Reviews, Song Discovery | No Comments

If you are a fan of music then you know that a live cover creates a memorable experience on stage. That is why it is only logical for a band to invite a popular musician on stage to join them for the performance. Then they can cover a famous song in which that musician is known for. But in a recent Foo Fighters performance, this did not exactly happen.
The band “Foo Fighters” recently performed in Anaheim. While they were there, they invited the lead singer of the English rock band “Yes” up on stage to join them. The leader singer, Jon Davison, has been friends with the drummer of Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, since they were children. In fact, they have been best friends every since they were in second grade. Hawkins even told this to his audience before bringing Davison out on stage to perform with the band. He even mentioned how they were big fans of rush and that they used to have huge mullets.
So when Davison came out on stage, everyone assumed they were going to play a popular song from Davison’s “Yes” band. However, the Foo Fighters band decided to play Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” song instead. Dave Grohl, the front singer and founder of Foo Fighters, explained the reason for this is because the “Yes” song is too hard. Besides, Grohl has always been more of a fan of Rush and the vocals used in their songs. Not only that, Grohl doesn’t have the close personal connection with Davison that is drummer Hawkins has. And since Grohl is the lead singer and has to carry the song, he wanted to perform something that he felt confident that he could play well. If he had taken a chance and played a “Yes” song that he wasn’t confident at playing then it may have been a lousy performance and a slap in Davison’s face. So instead of doing that, he thought it would be better to just focus on singing a song he knew would be a high quality job.  
As a result, the audience didn’t mind at all. They loved the fact that so much diversity took place in the performance. They had members of two different bands on stage who were playing the song of an entirely different band than theirs. Perhaps Grohl was right in his decision to play a song he liked to perform. Most musicians will agree that you need to have passion and love for the song you sing in order to perform it well.

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