Tom Petty Helped Dave Grohl Look Forward To Drumming Again

4 October 2017, 14:06

Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Kris Novoselic

Watch the clip, where the Foos man recalled being asked to play on SNL with the icon, and how it was the first time he was excited to play drums after Nirvana ended.

Dave Grohl has previously credited Tom Petty with helping him look forward to playing the drums after the death of his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain and the subsequent end of the band.

The drummer played two tracks with with the icon and his band The Heartbreakers on Saturday Night Live back in 1994- the very same year Grohl tragically lost his friend to suicide. 

Watch him recall the moment here:

In a resurfaced clip on YouTube posted by drcturkleton, the Foo Fighters frontman remembers being asked to fill in after drummer Stan Lynch left the band.

The Run rocker explained: "Someone from my management called and he says, 'Hey Tom Petty just called and wants to know if you'll play drums with them on Saturday Night Live.'

"I'm like, 'What the fuck is he calling me for? He couldn't find a good drummer?' I said, 'Of course. I'll do it".

He added: "It was the first time that I'd looked forward to playing the drums since Nirvana had ended".

Since the news of his passing, aged 66, from cardiac arrest,  tributes have continued to pour in for the star.

Shortly after hearing the news, Coldplay observed a minute's silence for the rocker performed a very special rendition of Free Fallin' with the help of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck.

Watch it here:

Bob Dylan paid tribute to his former Traveling Wilburys' bandmate, calling him a "great performer".

Dylan told Rolling Stone in a statement: "It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Several other big-names from the world of music including Billy Idol, who wrote on Twitter: "Shocked & upset 2 hear about #tompetty 'we got lucky when we found u....'...RIP (sic)"

Paul McCartney wrote: "Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time."

Meat Loaf, 70, praised the singer as a "great rocker" but insisted the star's hit music will ensure he "still lives with us".

He wrote on Facebook: "More sad news today with Passing another great Rocker Tom Petty , Great Writer with classic songs that marked a time in many peoples lives , loving fans who he also loved . The world lost a great one today . 

"He still lives with us in his music . As his daughter said earlier today a normal guy who loved what he did . Our prayers go out to Tom and his family .(sic)"

The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger added: "So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family."

John Mayer wrote: "I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly. “you belong somewhere you feel free.”

KISS rocker Paul Stanley, 65, was also devastated about Tom's death, admitting he has "loved" the late star's music.
He tweeted: "No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music. (sic)"

Steven Van Zandt, 66 - a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band - was left in disbelief by the news and sent his condolences to the star's family.
He tweeted: "Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer.(sic)"

Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, confirmed the musician had passed away.

He said in a statement: "On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."

A statement went out later on Tom Petty's official Twitter account: 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers played a show just over a week ago at ago at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday 25 September.

Watch the footage of Petty's last ever two live performances, You Wreck Me and American Girl:

Photo credit: Mark Weiss/Getty Images

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