Foo Fighters officially joined the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night when the organization held its 2021 ceremony. As promised, Paul McCartney provided the induction speech for Foo Fighters, and The Beatles legend even joined the band for a take on the Let It Be classic, “Get Back”.
Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Oliver Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee waited until the very end of the RRHoF ceremony to receive their induction, following the likes of Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go’s, Todd Rundgren, and Jay-Z. When McCartney finally took the stage to introduce Grohl and company, he provided a heartfelt and personable speech worthy of the act he was inducting.
“OK, so me, a teenage kid in Liverpool, just an ordinary kid going to school like everybody else; and then one day, I heard some music and I fell into rock & roll. It just happened. One day, suddenly, the world changed, and I just fell, like, through a hole in time, and suddenly, I was in rock & roll,” McCartney said after reflecting on his decision to read from paper as opposed to a prompter.
“By the same time in his life, Dave did the same kind of thing. You know, he’s just an ordinary, kind of goofy kid, and the same thing happens; he falls through the same hole, and he’s in rock & roll and it’s gonna be his life. It’s gonna take over everything, and nothing was ever the same again.”
He went on to compare the situations between his band, The Beatles, and Grohl’s original band, Nirvana, explaining how both bands broke up under tragic circumstances, before providing insight into a conversation between him and the Foo Fighters’ members.
“I was just saying to them in the dressing room, ‘Guys, this is it. You’re here in Cleveland, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And tonight, you’re gonna be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.’ I mean, it’s not just any Hall of Fame — it’s the f**king Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
After a short film played for the crowd at the Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland, OH, Foo Fighters took the stage for a three-song set. The band stuck to the script and played the hits, starting with “Best of You” from 2005’s In Your Honor. Up next came “My Hero” from the band’s sophomore album, The Colour and the Shape, before closing the set closed with “Everlong” off the very same record.
Not done yet, Foo Fighters then returned for one final song, The Beatles’ “Get Back”, where McCartney joined the band on vocals.
“You know what, I didn’t say it in my speech, but listen; I didn’t take lessons to learn how to play music,” said Grohl before starting into the last song. “You know what I had? I had a Beatles songbook, a Beatles record, and a record player. Everything I learned about rock ‘n’ roll was from this man right here,” he concluded before Hawkins gave a four-count with his drumsticks and ushered in the opening riff to “Get Back”.
Below, watch Paul McCartney induct Foo Fighters to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the ensuing encore performance of “Get Back”.
Paul McCartney Foo Fighters Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Speech
[Video: John Michael Scott Photography]
Foo Fighters w/Paul McCartney – “Get Back” (The Beatles) – 10/30/21
Setlist: Foo Fighters | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | Rocket Mortgage Field House | Cleveland, OH | 10/30/21
Set: Best of You > My Hero > Everlong
Encore: Get Back (The Beatles)
 w/Paul McCartney
[H/T Consequence of Sound]