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Dave Grohl, Greg Kurstin cover Billy Joel, The Clash, KISS for ‘Hanukkah Sessions’

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin have shared the final three instalments of their holiday covers series, Hanukkah Sessions. Grohl has once again teamed up with producer Greg Kurstin for the series. The Foo Fighters frontman will share covers of exclusively Jewish artists for the eight days of Hanukkah.

On December 3rd, the pair shared their own rendition of Billy Joel’s “Big Shot.” In the cover, Grohl and Kurstin pause for a little kazoo interlude. The duo’s rendition of the 1979 track serves as the 6th cover in their Hanukkah Sessions series.

“While he claims a secular Long Island upbringing (and has songs full of Catholic and Italian imagery),” the pair write on social media. “Billy Joel remains one of the great Jews of musical scripture – here’s his ultimate ode to a true Macher: ‘Big Shot!'”

Watch Grohl and Kurstin’s cover of “Big Shot” below.

On the following night, December 4th, Grohl and Kurstin covered The Clash’s “Train in Vain.”

“Michael Geoffrey Jones, born to Russian Jewish mother Renee Zagansky, would come to be known as punk rock legend Mick Jones, co-founder of The Clash,” they write on social media. “It’s London Caling Jerusalem as we take a ‘Train In Vain.'”

Watch their cover of “Train In Vain” below.

The eighth and final night of Hanukkah Sessions saw the pair covering KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

In the goofy clip, they make their way around wearing KISS’ quintessential makeup and drinking slurpees.

“Ladies and gentlemen…we made it. Night 8,” they wrote. “And what better way to celebrate another year of Hanukkah Sessions than Chaim Witz and Stanley Eisen…two young lads from Queens that set the world (and thousands of stages) on FIRE as Gene Simmons and Paul Stanely of KISS!!!”

Watch the video for the cover below.


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For the rest of this year’s series, Grohl and Kurstin have covered Van Halen’s “Jump,” Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana,” Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” and Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You).” They also teamed up with Grohl’s daughter Violet for a rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Take the Box.”

Last year, Grohl and Kurstin shared a slew of covers as well. Some of those included Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Mountain’s “Mississipi Queen,” and Peaches’ “Fuck The Pain Away.” They also covered The Velvet Underground’s “Rock & Roll,” Knack’s “Frustrated,” Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” and Elastica’s “Connection.”

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