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Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin cover The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" for Hanukkah

18 December 2020, 12:25 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin have completed their new project The Hanukkah Sessions with a cover of The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll".

The Hanukkah Sessions is a covers project by Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin where they cover eight songs by eight different Jewish artists for each night of Hanukkah.

Grohl and Kurstin started the project with a cover of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" last week, and marked the final night of Hanukkah with their version of The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll".

On their cover and The Hanukkah Sessions, Grohl wrote, "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."

He added, "Toda Raba to Greg for being a musical genius and spending two-and-a-half 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 (eight 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."

Grohl ends his note with: "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....."

Previous Hanukkah Sessions covers by Grohl and Kurstin include their version of Elastica's "Connection", Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35", Drake's "Hotline Bling", Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" and Peaches' "Fuck The Pain Away".

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin's The Hanukkah Sessions project is available to watch on YouTube now. Foo Fighters' Medicine At Midnight album will arrive via Roswell Records/Columbia Records on 5 February 2021, and is available to pre-order now.
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