Read Paul McCartney’s Dave Grohl tribute in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

When you think of Foo Fighters, you think of … Wings? Paul McCartney does. He gave an introductory speech Saturday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in Cleveland, where he compared his career after the Beatles’ breakup with Dave Grohl, who emerged as a phoenix out of the ashes after Nirvana’s premature end with a new approach to music.

McCartney also invoked rock ‘n’ roll “magical” powers as a talismanic lure both to Grohl – “an ordinary, kind of silly kid” like himself.

The Foo Fighters performed “My Hero” with a nod to the hero who deployed them, but for a finale that involves both parties, it should be a song that truly is an everlasting classic – a team-up on “Get Back,” which will soon become the title song of a major streaming three-part film.

McCartney made some initial comments about how he had decided to avoid using “autocue” – that is, Teleprompter – and writing notes … and the results seemed noticeably more improvised than the other night’s speeches.

Read McCartney’s speech here:

“Saw me, a teenager in Liverpool, just an ordinary kid going to school like everyone else. And then one day I heard some music and I fell into rock ‘n’ roll. It just happened one day. Suddenly the world changed. and I just fell through a hole in time and suddenly I was in Rock and roll. OK, so at the same time in his life, Dave did the same kind of thing. You know, he’s just an ordinary, kind of silly kid … and the same thing happened. He falls through the same hole and he’s in rock ‘n’ roll. And it will be his life. It’s going to take over everything.

“And nothing was ever the same again. And it’s so magical. Everyone who knows, everyone connected to it, everyone who loves rock ‘n’ roll, it really is a magical things that contain so many elements. Like all the people we heard tonight, I mean, it’s just incredible, right? So I feel super-privileged to be here tonight and record these guys.

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Paul McCartney, Speaker of the Foo Fighters, will speak at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inauguration ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Cleveland. (AP Photo / David Richard)
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“So when it happened and I felt like rock ‘n’ roll, I joined a group. And my group was the Beatles. Like I said, the world changed. Dave did something similar. He joined a group – Nirvana.We had a great time with our groups, but then tragedy happened and my group broke up.The same thing happened to Dave: His group broke up under tragic circumstances.And then the question is, what do you do now? And that question we were both presented with. In my case, I thought, ‘Well, I’m making an album where I’m playing all the instruments myself. “So I did. Dave’s group broke down – what is he doing? He’s making an album , where he himself plays all the instruments.Do you think this guy is stalking me?

Anyway, at least I didn’t go down without explaining myself first. I call them Wings. , and it’s ready to fly. It’s Dave, Taylor, Nate, Pat, Chris and Rami – all members of the Foo Fighters. So here they are tonight. I just said to them in the locker room, ‘That’s it. is here in Cleveland, and tonight you will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ” I mean, it’s not just any Hall of Fame, it is fucking rock and roll Hall of Fame. ‘”

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Paul McCartney, Speaker of the Foo Fighters, will speak at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inauguration ceremony on Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Cleveland. (AP Photo / David Richard)
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