Dave Grohl Slept Through His Recording Session for boygenius's 'the record'

"There was this missed connection where Dave was actually going to come to the studio and play on ['the record']"

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 12, 2023

boygenius were undoubtedly one of 2023's defining artists, landing on both Exclaim!'s best albums and best songs lists — not to mention the cover of our magazine (one of the year's best? This girl who wrote the story sure unbiasedly thinks so!) But imagine if their album, the record, had been bolstered even further by a contribution from everyone's favourite man in rock, Dave Grohl?

Well folks, it almost happened. In a new interview with NME, the band's Phoebe Bridgers revealed that there had been plans for the Nirvana legend to appear on the album.

"We have a friend who knows him and toured with Foo Fighters," she told the publication's Rhian Daly, explaining how the planned collaboration came about. "There was this missed connection where Dave was actually going to come to the studio and play on [the record]."

Bridgers confirmed the reason for Grohl's ultimate absence from the recording process was that he "slept through" their scheduled session, so they "didn't end up meeting." Even Dave Grohl needs his beauty sleep!

While Bridgers didn't go into detail about which song(s) Grohl might have appeared on if the stars had aligned a little differently, all was evidently not lost: she and her boys, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, did eventually manage to link up with the Foo Fighters frontman when they performed at the Hollywood Bowl on Halloween, with Grohl making a special guest appearance during the show to play drums on "Satanist."

That particular track from the record would have been a natural fit for Grohl to have recorded on, being one of the more hard-hitting cuts. Although perhaps the modern rock god would have nicely contributed his gravelly Grohl growl to the boys' three-part harmony on something softer, à la "Everlong." Oh, what could have been...

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