Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear

Onstage: "We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Paul and for Ringo," said Dave Grohl, holding the Grammy. "This song was two hours in my studio. I called up Paul and said, 'Hey, man, do you want to come jam with some friends of mine? He came over, we knocked this out in a couple of hours, and to me, that's what rock 'n' roll is all about." "He said, 'Do you want to come over and do a jam on 'Long Tall Sally?' I said, 'No, we've been there, done that; we should make something up, and that's what this is," McCartney added. Grohl backstage, on the Beatles' influence: "I have two kids ... and they are at that age where they are starting to sing along to music, so I thought, well I'll intentionally make sure they have this foundation of music. So I got them this Beatles box set [on] vinyl." McCartney looked on and smiled as Grohl spoke. "I watched them in their bedroom playing with these records all over the floor, just as I did when I was their age. The generational aspect of [what the Beatles did] is phenomenal. There aren't too many things that last forever, and I honestly think with what Paul and the band did has the same effect on this new generation of kids as it did to mine. It's amazing."
Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
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