Dave Grohl & Greg Kurstin ‘Hanukkah Sessions’: Beastie Boys, Drake, Bob Dylan and More, One for Each Night of Hanukkah (Listen)

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The Hanukkah Sessions was launched by Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin on Dec. 10 — here’s every performance thus far in the series. 

Hanukkah begins tonight, Dec. 10, and Dave Grohl and musical pal/producer Greg Kurstin have big plans to celebrate.

In a video shared to the Foo Fighterssocial media pages Wednesday night, the pair revealed plans for a covers series championing famous Jewish artists, which will feature one new cover each day of Hanukkah. They’re quick to point out that Grohl isn’t Jewish, but Kurstin is — and this whole project is geared around doing something other than the usual standard Christmas song:

The first installment in this series is a roaring rendition of the Beastie Boys’ 1990s classic, “Sabotage,” shared Thursday night (the first night of Hanukkah):

The second, shared Friday night, finds Grohl singing lead (and playing drums) on Drake’s “Hotline Bling”:

Shout-out to the stellar “dad moves” Grohl dances throughout the clip:

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

For the fourth night of Hanukkah on Sunday, the duo rolled out a cover of Peaches’ “F*** the Pain Away”:

Monday, Dec. 14 was the fifth night of Hanukkah, time for another entry in this entertaining series … A little Bob Dylan:

“Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” to be precise.

They followed that up for the sixth night on Tuesday with “Connection,” originally by Elastica:

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

Thursday, the eighth and final night of Hanukkah, began with a heartfelt message from 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

Followed up with a take on The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll” to close out #TheHanukkahSessions.

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

Per a press release: “Produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, engineered by Darrell Thorp and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent, Medicine at Midnight packs the following nine songs into a tight-ass 37 minutes.”

Here’s its track listing:

  1. Making A Fire
  2. Shame Shame
  3. Cloudspotter
  4. Waiting On A War
  5. Medicine At Midnight
  6. No Son Of Mine
  7. Holding Poison
  8. Chasing Birds
  9. Love Dies Young

The Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel and Rami Jaffee.

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