Last night during an acoustic set at the Cannes Lions Festival, Grohl recounted the experience—as EW reports. “We were at a party. Paul was there. Hanging out. Having fun. There was a piano in the room, and Paul gets up and start playing a song,” he said. “By the way, Paul McCartney is the baddest motherfucker in the world. I don’t know if you know that.”
The “new Paul song” was “blowing everyone’s fucking mind,” and when it was finished, everyone turned expectantly to Dave. “Well, I don’t know how to play piano. Like, I don’t know what to do, man! I can’t play fucking piano!” Grohl recalls thinking. “And then I look around and Paul McCartney’s left-handed, so all the guitars are left-handed. ‘Shit! God, I’m screwed! What do I do?’ And also, I’d maybe smoked a little pot, so…I was already challenged enough.”
Luckily, Taylor Swift was also at this party. “She’s like, ‘I’ll play a song!’ It’s like, ‘Oh, thank god. Taylor Swift’s here. Like fucking Batman when you need him.’”
Grohl then tried his hand at one of McCartney’s left-handed basses so he could play along with her. “I’m just trying to figure out how to play along to what she’s doing,” he said. “It was kind of like one of those nightmares where you’re running backwards.”
And then, in a moment of recognition, he looked over at his wife and said, “I know this fuckin’ song—what the hell is this?” The “really beautiful thing” Swift was playing on the piano was none other than the Foo Fighters’ “Best of You” (talk about being prepared—props to you Taylor).
“And as if I weren’t high enough, that fucking blew me into outer space, man!” Grohl said. “It was like, wait a second. Taylor Swift. “Best of You.” Paul McCartney. Pot! I just lost my mind… So I sat next to her and I did this.”
Then Grohl broke out into “Best of You” for the Cannes crowd. What an intro.
And as we plebeians attend our keggers and pot lucks, we can rest easy knowing that, at the very least, Kanye will never slander our names in one of his songs.