Watch Jack Black and Dave Grohl Cover Rush's "The Spirit of Radio"

It comes from the Foo Fighters frontman's 2022 Hanukkah Sessions

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Dec 28, 2022

After sharing an early holiday gift in covering Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," Jack Black has now lent his inimitable pipes to a more Canadian-flavoured cover: Rush's "The Spirit of Radio."

Last week (December 24), the Tenacious D frontman teamed with Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin's to cover the trio's classic ode to "invisible airwaves" as part of the seventh night of the Foo Fighters frontman and in-demand producer's 2022 Hanukkah Sessions.

Launched in 2020, the Hanukkah Sessions sees Grohl, Kurstin and guests cover songs by Jewish artists for each night of the eight-day festival.

The cover of "The Spirit of Radio" was done in tribute to Rush bassist-vocalist Geddy Lee, whose parents were both Jewish Holocaust survivors from Poland who emigrated to Canada following World War II. Lee and his Rush bandmates would set this experience to music with the song "Red Sector A," which appeared on their 1984 album Grace Under Pressure

Lee and his mother, Mary Weinrib, previously spoke about their family history with Grohl and his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, as part of the Foo Fighters frontman's 2021 docuseries From Cradle to Stage. Weinrib passed away in 2021 at age 95.

"From a very early age, I knew that my parents were Holocaust survivors," Lee shared with Grohl in the series. "In fact, I knew that almost all my family were Holocaust survivors. Most survivors don't discuss it, but I felt lucky in a way because it wasn't a mystery in my house."

Recorded live in Los Angeles, the 2022 Hanukkah Sessions have also seen Grohl and Kurstin cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" with Karen O, Beck's "E-Pro" with the artist himself, and Tenacious D and Inara George covering 10cc's "The Things We Do for Love."

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