Dave Grohl recalls the night he first met Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr: “I was mesmerised”

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Grohl told the story in a recent post on his ‘Dave’s True Stories’ blog

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Dave Grohl met two surviving members of The Beatles for the first time, sharing the story on his blog Dave’s True Stories.

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The latest entry from Grohl’s blog—which evolved from the pandemic post on Instagram, and into his recent book the storyteller – Title “Entering Valhalla” (taken from and) the storyteller) is the story of Grohl’s first meeting with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in 2002.

After the Foo Fighters show at Wembley Stadium, Grohl approached Rich Harrison (the late George Harrison’s son) and asked him to pay tribute to his father.


A week after the meeting, after a tribute concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 22 November – which also featured Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Ravi Shankar, Jeff Lynn and McCartney and Starr of ELO – Grohl said that he was led backstage. “I saw Paul McCartney chatting with friends out of the corner of my eye, and I couldn’t help it,” Grohl recalled. “There. That. Was.”

“What happened next will remain bleak forever. I don’t remember exactly how Paul and I were introduced, what was said, or how long we talked, but I remember doing my best ‘this is the most incredible thing ever to happen to me’ Don’t’ while trying to keep from making a fool of myself.”

Grohl continued to say in his entry how the meeting prompted him to call his mother, who told him that she bought him his first electric guitar and a Beatles songbook when he was 11. “Every day, she watched me pluck my little fingers to form chords within pages as she sat in front of the public school record player she brought home from work,” Grohl recalled.

You can read the full entry Here.

In keeping with his admiration for The Beatles, Grohl was the latest celebrity to appear on the BBC’s most recent episode. cbbz bedtime stories (October 8), read from Star’s children’s book, Octopus Garden.


Before reading, Grohl said that his favorite books take him to places he wishes he could go. He continued: “I love this story because it’s written by someone who plays drums – just like me!”

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