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Prince blew off Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters nearly recorded with David Bowie, and other revelations from Howard Stern interview

on December 03, 2014, 1:25pm

This week, Foo Fighters hit New York City for a major press junket and concert behind their new album, Sonic Highways. Tonight, Dave Grohl will appear as a guest on The Daily Show and tomorrow, the band will perform on Jimmy Fallon. Then on Friday, they’ll play an intimate gig at Irving Plaza. But first, a visit to this morning’s episode of Howard Stern for a lengthy interview and in-studio performance.

In addition to performances of “Learn to Fly” and “Something From Nothing”, the band answered questions on a variety of topics. Among the biggest revelations:

8. Dave Grohl confirmed that he planned to re-record Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut album before Taylor Hawkins talked him out of it.

7. The chorus to “My Hero” was originally intended as a temporary placeholder while Grohl worked out the music. However, the record label encouraged him to keep the lyrics for the final product.

6. Grohl has buried the hatchet with Courtney Love, describing their relationship as a friendship, not a truce. However, he said the rumor that he accompanied her to a strip club and spent $10,000 was untrue.

5. Grohl’s daughter listens to Austin pysch rock band 13th Floor Elevators.

4. Paul McCartney came over to Grohl’s house after the birth of his third child. Grohl quipped, “I didn’t realize how much [Beatles memorabilia] I had … I was making excuses and apologizing.”

3. Foo Fighters paid for the hotel and travel expenses of the Sonic Highways production crew using points from their American Express card.

2. Grohl almost recorded a song with David Bowie. Though the project didn’t work out, the two still keep in touch over email. He’s “wickedly funny,” Grohl revealed.

1. During his Los Angeles residency in 2011, Prince invited Grohl to come and jam before one of his shows. “I waited for him to call all week, I didn’t know whether I was going to play drums or guitar, his song or mine,” Grohl recounted. “I walked into the empty area during soundcheck and Prince just appears … He picks up a bass and starts shredding … and we started playing ‘Whole Lotta Love”.” He continued, “Then we end it, he said, ‘Yea that’s great,’ and i said, ‘Yeah that’s amazing,’ and he said, ‘What are you doing next week?’ and then I never saw him again.”

Listen to the full interview below.