Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins are offering some explanation for their choice in wardrobe during last week’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance in Los Angeles. After they inducted Rush, Grohl and Hawkins took the stage to play the instrumental intro to the prog rockers’ “2112″ all decked out in kimonos like the band wore on the original tour. Grohl tells “Rolling Stone” they came up with the idea partially to honor the band’s lighter side and also because they were a little terrified to take on Rush’s music in front of Rush. Grohl says there was no way he was going to sing a Rush song, so they picked an instrumental that Rush could eventually join and take over. And he says they donned the outfits to keep things lighthearted, arguing that one of the reasons Rush has survived so long is their “great sense of humor.”
Grohl says the entire experience was “one of the most special nights of [his] life,” even though using a wah-wah pedal in platform shoes turned out to be a little harder than he thought. Highlights from this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony — which also featured tributes to Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and others — are scheduled to air on HBO on May 18th.
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