Grohl called David Lee Roth “the tallest and proudest of the hard rocking Jews”.
For the Fourth Night of Hanukkah, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin have another cover – this time of Van Halen’s classic “Jump.”
The cover comes as part of the duo’s second-annual Hanukkah sessions, where the Foo Fighters frontman and superstar producer perform covers of songs originally performed by Jewish artists. They perform a song a night for eight consecutive nights, aligning with the festival of lights.
Sharing today’s cover, a tweet from the Foo Fighters account explained why the song was chosen, reading: “Probably the loudest and proudest of the stern Jews, David Lee Roth takes the preparation of his bar mitzvah as his own. Credited as early vocal training.
“He became a rockstar the day he became a man: Diamond Dreidel DLR and Van Halen … with ‘Jump’.”
Check out the cover below:
This isn’t the first time Grohl and Kurstin have covered Van Halen together. Kurstin’s band The Bird and the Bee performed Late Late Show with James Corden Covered ‘Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love’ in 2017 with Grohl on drums. The same song was also covered on several stops on the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highway world tour, with drummer Taylor Hawking on lead vocals.
The duo’s cover of “Jump” follows three others performed so far this year as part of the Hanukkah sessions: Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana”, the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” and Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You). )’.
Grohl and Kurstin started the series last year, which includes acts like Drake, Peaches and the Beastie Boys. On the final day of last year’s installment, the Foo Fighters frontman shared a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll” with a caption explaining what the series means to him.
“As 2020 comes to a close and another Hanukkah comes to an end (my first!) I’m reminded of two things I’ve got this year: music and hope,” he said.
“This project, which initially started out as a silly idea, grew to represent something more important to me. It showed me that the simple gesture of spreading joy and happiness goes a long way, and as we look forward We should all strive to do so, no matter how many candles are lit on the menorah.
The Foo Fighters have just announced a tour of the US Stadium for 2022, although they have already had to change their Minneapolis venue due to the original venue not complying with the band’s COVID-19 safety requirements.