Dave Grohl carried out his “Hanukkah Classes” sequence at a secret present in Los Angeles Tuesday night time, full with an all-star lineup together with Pink, Beck and Tenacious D.
The live performance marked the primary time the sequence, which was developed in the course of the pandemic in 2020, passed off in entrance of a stay viewers. The sequence, which options covers of songs by Jewish artists, one for every of the vacation’s eight days, was a digital occasion in its first yr and 2021.
In line with Selection, Grohl, alongside together with his “Hanukkah Classes” collaborator Greg Kurstin, carried out and recorded 9 songs on the 250-capacity Largo. Proceeds from the live performance have been directed towards the Anti-Defamation League.
“We have gone for the unpredictable,” Grohl mentioned in the beginning of the present, which was hosted by director Judd Apatow. Grohl kicked issues off with a canopy of Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “Spinning Wheel,” with assist from Apatow and Kurstin. They have been adopted by Pink, who instructed the viewers, “My title’s Alecia, I am a Jew,” earlier than singing her 2001 hit “Get This Occasion Began.” She was adopted by Inara George, Kurstin’s bandmate within the indie pop duo the Chook and the Bee, who carried out a canopy of 10cc’s “The Issues We Do for Love.”
Grohl’s daughter, Violet, additionally made an look, masking Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen,” Beck carried out his music “E-Professional” and Karen O sang a music from her band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Heads Will Roll.” Grohl and Kurstin then teamed up with Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Glass for a canopy of Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio.” All of the visitors returned to the stage for a efficiency of Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.,” earlier than the night concluded with an encore by Tenacious D and Beck, who carried out “Only a Gigolo.”
It has not been confirmed whether or not the recorded music shall be used on this yr’s “Hanukkah Classes” video sequence. Earlier editions of the sequence have included covers of songs by Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground, Drake, the Beastie Boys, Billy Joel, Van Halen, the Ramones, Kiss and others.
Though Grohl just isn’t Jewish, he is mentioned that taking part within the challenge with Kurstin, who’s Jewish, has had a long-lasting affect. “This challenge, which initially started as a foolish thought, grew to symbolize one thing rather more essential to me,” he mentioned on the finish of the 2020 classes. “It confirmed me that the straightforward gesture of spreading pleasure and happiness goes a good distance, and as we glance ahead, we should always all make an effort to take action, irrespective of what number of candles are left to gentle on the menorah.”
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