Back when Nirvana and their contemporaries were trying to destroy the old order of rock–the classic rock dinosaurs, especially–the idea of collaborating with any of the oldsters was anathema. Nirvana even turned down a chance to tour with Guns N’ Roses, the biggest rock of the day. Even though GNR had only burst on the scene a few years earlier, they were considered part of the Old Ways. “No thank you, ” said Kurt.
Fast-forward to today when many of those once-dismissed dinosaurs are regarded as members of the rock’n’roll pantheon. Their work is studied, covered, and cherished, not just by the senior citizens who enjoyed that music in their youth but by the young people of today. And all the generations in between.
As a 22-year-old the day “Smells Like Teen Spirit” came out, Dave Grohl would have little interest in the Rolling Stones. Yet here he is today duetting with Mick Jagger on a new single called “Eazy Sleazy.” It’s a decent song, too, featuring rock gods who just happen to be separated by a couple of generations.
This has been quite a month for Dave Grohl. Last Monday, he announced his memoir The Storyteller for publication in October. Yesterday, we heard about What Drives Us, his new documentary about touring in a van that’ll be available in a few weeks. And now today, he’s singing with Mick Jagger.
And let’s not forget that Dave has recorded songs with both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, too. Not to mention Tom Petty, David Bowie, Lemmy, Slash, The Rolling Stones (a cameo during a concert in 2013), John Paul Jones (as part of Them Crooked Vultures), and Stevie Nicks.
Here’s what Sir Mick has to say about the whole thing.