Our man on the scene, Steve Pavlopoulos, was delivering up-to-the-minute reports from Rock Honors: The Who (which taped this weekend) on what you’ll see tomorrow, July 17th at 9 pm on VH1. Check out his behind-the-scenes look at what went down on rock’s front lines. The following report comes from the Foo Fighters‘ soundcheck, but watch the above video to see how it all pans out!
I’m sitting back by the celebrity trailer park that is home to the rock legends who have come out to play here at the UCLA campus for Rock Honors and everything appears to be going swimmingly (or at least that’s what they want me to think). The Garnier Green Room (sponsored by Garnier – get it?) is a hotbed of drinking, hors d’oevres, people who have VIP status and Rock Band. So far, we’ve seen Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D fame, the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, Kiefer Sutherland, and Gaz Coombes of Supergrass (more on that later). As far as I can tell, rock stars are unanimous on at least one thing: riding in electric golf carts rules. I sort of get it – your hair flies freely in the wind, you can silently maneuver the outside of the venue, and you can deliver high fives to any passerby who might want a little skin.
At present, I can hear a group of experienced Rock Band players jamming on some David Bowie (and killing it). Earlier, the players were not as seasoned and the horrific sounds coming out of the tent did the exact opposite of honoring the legend and music of the Who (but I guess that’s the beauty of Rock Band: everyone can be a rock star in their own mind for 3 minutes or so).
About 25 feet in front of me, I can see two-thirds of Nirvana: Krist Novaselic and Dave Grohl are shooting the breeze with Jack Black who just got denied access to the Garnier Green Room because he did not have the proper credentials. Kyle, however, had his pass and went on in to experience the Green Room magic. Personally, I have to give the point to Jack for happening upon Dave and Krist, rock legends in their own right. Then again, Mila Kunis is in the Green Room, so my point system may be flawed.
So, back to Gaz Coombes of Supergrass. Last night, we learned that Dave Grohl was feeling a little under the weather. This explained the fact that drummer Taylor Hawins took the lead vocals for their soundcheck. Calls were put out, and Supergrass frontman Gaz coombes appeared to be the obvious choice (given the band’s opening slot on the Foo Fighters tour) to join the Foos on “Bargain.” I can imagine Gaz is feeling just a little bit of the pressure that goes along with such a big impromptu undertaking, but he appears calm, cool and collected.
What did you think of the Foo Fighters’ rendition of “Bargain”?