Watch: Dave Grohl Joins Bird and the Bee for Van Halen Cover
Dave Grohl joined indie-rock duo the Bird and the Bee during a performance on the Late Late Show with James Corden. The Foo Fighters frontman jumped behind the kit for a cover of the Van Halen classic “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love.” Watch the performance below.
Grohl actually has a direct tie to the group. Greg Kurstin, co-founder of the Bird and the Bee, produced Foo Fighters’ 2017 album Concrete and Gold. As one of the record industry’s most sought-after producers, Kurstin has also collaborated on releases from Paul McCartney, Devo, Beck and Sia.
The Bird and the Bee will unleash their new album Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: A Tribute to Van Halen on Aug. 2. In anticipation of the release, the band previously unveiled their version of Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher," featuring Beck. The new album follows Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, which was released in 2010.
Kurstin says that he and Inara George, the Bird and the Bee's vocalist, were "both big fans of Van Halen growing up." In promoting the new album's release, Kurstin added that “Van Halen blends anthemic songs with virtuosic playing like nobody else and David Lee Roth always delivers."
Grohl will join the Bird and the Bee again this Friday. The group will assemble at the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles for a special performance honoring A Tribute to Van Halen’s release. From there, the Bird and the Bee will launch their U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through September.