Watch Dave Grohl + Greg Kurstin Cover Bob Dylan & More with Ongoing ‘The Hanukkah Sessions’ Series

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We’re five days into The Hanukkah Sessions, the new collaborative covers series from Dave Grohl and his musical pal, acclaimed (and seven-time GRAMMY-winning) producer Greg Kurstin.

Launched last week in connection to the first day of Hanukkah, the series finds the duo tackling a song made famous by a prominent Jewish musician each night … and so far they’ve put together a pretty eclectic collection spanning genres and decades.

The latest and perhaps most notable came Monday night for the fifth night of Hanukkah, and saw Grohl & Kurstin try their hand at “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” from none other than Bob Dylan:

The video in YouTube format:

As for a recap of what brought them this far in the series … starting things off was the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”:

Followed by “Hotline Bling,” originally a mega-hit for Drake. Note Grohl’s killer “dad moves” in this one:

The third night of Hanukkah on Saturday brought a performance of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” in honor of Leslie West:

Sunday’s Night Four brought Peaches’ “F*** the Pain Away”:

Which brings us to Monday’s Bob Dylan treat for the fifth night of Hanukkah.

Tuesday night’s entry for the sixth night of Hanukkah was “Connection,” from Justine Frischmann and Elastica:

Night Seven on Wednesday saw a cover of The Knack … but not “My Sharona,” as Grohl & Kurstin tackled “Frustrated”:

The eighth and final night of Hanukkah Thursday evening meant the end of #TheHanukkahSessions … and they rolled out a take on The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll.”

But first, a heartfelt message from Dave Grohl:

As 2020 comes to a close and another Hanukkah ends (my first!) I am reminded of the two things that have gotten me through this year: music and hope. This project, which initially began as a silly idea, grew to represent something much 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 make an effort to do so, no matter how many candles are left to light on the menorah. Toda Raba to Greg for being a musical genius and spending 2 1/2 days barnstorming through these songs together. You never fail to amaze me. Big round of applause for Markus Rutledge, the poor soul that had only 24 hours (8 days in a row) to churn out each of these videos for us! You deserve a medal for sleep deprivation! Huge hearts for the force of nature known as Peaches! You brought the real. And, of course to all of you for joining in on the fun. I hope that you enjoyed watching. So, sing along one last time to “Rock and Roll” by The Velvet Underground, a song about music and hope, and let’s keep spreading the joy and happiness. It goes a long way….. Dave

The creative roots between Grohl and Kurstin are strong by now, as they previously worked together on the Foo Fighters’ most recent album, 2017’s Concrete & Gold.

Additionally, Grohl collaborates frequently with Kurstin and Inara George’s The Bird and the Bee project … even teaming up with them for a holiday record that was released in October:

Kurstin is also on board with Dave Grohl and the Foos for their upcoming album, Medicine at Midnight, due out in February 2021 and previewed with the new single “Shame Shame”:


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