Published Feb 18, 2016A new video from Playboy features Nirvana-turned-Foo Fighters colleagues Dave Grohl and Pat Smear driving around Los Angeles, paying homage to the time the late David Bowie spent in the city.
The pair cruise around town in a truck, pointing out significant spots like the Coffee Bean where Bowie inked a record deal, the studio where he recorded Station to Station, the house on Doheny Drive where Bowie lived, the Rainbow Room and even the supermarket where Kurt Cobain met Smear for the first time.
The bandmates reminisce about the decision to cover Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" for Nirvana Unplugged, before Grohl reveals that he's got something in common with Coldplay — Bowie rejected his idea for a musical collaboration, as well.
Grohl explains that a couple of year ago he reached out to Bowie over email to work together on a song for a film when he was looking for an additional vocalist. Bowie's response? "'David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it's not my thing." He continued, "I'm not made for these times. So, thanks, but I think I'm gonna sit this one out."
Grohl returned some understanding pleasantries, then says Bowie responded within minutes: "Alright, now that's settled then, fuck off." He delves deeper into their correspondence, revealing (what Grohl at least interprets as) Bowie's playful persona.
Watch the full clip in the player below. The surviving members of Nirvana also paid homage to Bowie alongside Beck with a tribute performance this past weekend at a pre-Grammy party.