In celebration of The Beatles’ Abbey Road’s 50th-anniversary, BBC 2 aired an hour-long show featuring Dave Grohl who played his favorite Beatles songs. Grohl chose songs that have special meaning to him and shared stories about how they shaped his life and career.
One noteworthy pick was “In My Life”, which Grohl explained, “means a lot to me, because it was the song that was played at Kurt Cobain’s memorial.” Referencing, of course, the deceased frontman of Nirvana, Grohl’s old band.
“That day, after everyone had said their piece, this next song came over the speakers. And everyone got to celebrate Kurt’s love of The Beatles one last time together,” Grohl went on, emotionally. “Still to this day, when I hear it, it touches a place in me that no other song ever will. It’s called ‘In My Life’ and knowing how much of a fan Kurt was of The Beatles, and how much of an influence they were, to everything we’ve done ever done…I’d like to play this one for him.”
Another important pick for Grohl was “Hey Jude,” which he said was the first song of The Beatles he had ever heard. “I remember having a sleepover at a friend’s house when I was four or five years old and listening to ‘Hey Jude’ [. . .] I remember that night, laying in my sleeping bag and singing along to the na-na-nas at the end of the song.”