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The Hanukkah Sessions


Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin have announced The Hanukkah Sessions, with the pair celebrating the holiday by sharing eight covers of songs by Jewish artists.

Kurstin, who is Jewish, and Grohl, who is not Jewish, revealed their plans on Twitter Wednesday, the night before the start of the eight-day Festival of Lights at sundown Thursday.

“This year, instead of doing a Christmas song, Greg and I decided to celebrate Hanukkah by recording eight songs by eight famous Jewish artists each night of Hanukkah for you, so we hope you enjoy,” Grohl said.

He added in a tweet, “With all the mishegas of 2020, @GregKurstin and I were kibbitzing about how we could make Hannukah extra-special this year. Festival of Lights?! How about a festival of tasty LICKS! So hold on to your tuchuses… We’ve got something special coming for your shayna punims. L’chaim!!”

Grohl and Kurstin did not reveal who they’ll be covering, but in the past, Foo Fighters have covered Jewish-ish artists like Rush (bassist Geddy Lee is Jewish), Kiss (Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley), and Van Halen (David Lee Roth).

Foo Fighters won’t forsake Christmas entirely this year, however, as the band will take part in an Amazon Music’s Holiday Plays virtual concert on December 15th.

The group will also deliver a slightly belated holiday gift to fans in February with the arrival of their new album Medicine at Midnight.

Night One of Hanukkah: Beastie Boys – Sabatoge
As the only Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers with a lyric about kugel, we thought it would be a shanda to not kick off this party with New York’s (and Abraham’s) finest…known by some as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedenego, known by others as Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA…known by their Imas and Abbas as Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch… Beastie Boys!


Night #2: You might be surprised to learn that this superstar is… Canadian. He’s never hidden the fact that he was M.O.T. … so a generation of Jewish parents could tell their kids “if Drake took the time to study for HIS Bar Mitzvah, you can too.” Ladies and gentlemen…challah at your boy….DRAKE!

Night #3: Talk about making a mountain out of a mohel … named Leslie Weinstein at his bris, the singer of our next band built a wailing wall of guitar as Leslie West. Check out our take on a track from Leslie’s monolithic band, MOUNTAIN.


Night #4: Here’s one cover I NEVER expected but then again, I didn’t expect a Drake cover but Drake’s not the only musical Jew from Canada…tonight we feature a Canadian rock G-Dess…who coincidentally grew up around the corner from a Canadian Jewish rock G-D (G-ddy Lee). Straight out the mikvah, here’s Peaches!


Night #5: So now everybody must get stoned (not in the Law of Moses sense) as we put some blood on this track: Rainy Day Women 12&35 by the immortal Bob Dylan!