Bob Dylan wanted to record a cover version of the Foo Fighters song ‘Everlong’.
Hitmaker ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ invited the band to open up for him on a tour in 2008, and front man Dave Grohl recalled being “scared” when called to meet the legendary singer, just to praise the group and their music.
In an interview with Uncut magazine, Grohl said: “I could only see his silhouette, he had a black hoodie over his head, a black leather jacket, black jeans and black boots. He was leaning against the wall with his arms crossed.
“I walked up to him and said, ‘Hey Bob, how are you? ‘He says, “Hey man, how are you?”
“We talked a bit and he thanked us for the tour and then said, ‘Man, what kind of song is that you have? “The only thing I’ll ever ask of you is to promise not to stop when I say when.” ‘
“I said, ‘Oh, that’s’ Everlong’. He said, “This is a great song man, I should do this song.”
“I said, ‘You know, I think you have enough good songs to hold on to.’ “
The brief get-together remains one of the highlights of the career of former Nirvana drummer Grohl.
He said, “To be honest, it was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. It was terrifying – but he couldn’t have been nicer. “
Producer Arthur Baker also recalled Dylan singing a surprising choice of cover while they were working on his ‘Empire Burlesque’ record during studio downtime.
He said, “I mixed something one night and heard something really strange among it.
“So I turned the volume down quickly and Bob sang ‘Like a Virgin’ on acoustic guitar.
“He figured out how to play Madonna. We had already finished the record and he said to me, “I would love to do a record like Prince of Madonna. Can we do that? ‘ He was a joker. He liked to fuck me, you know? “