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Grohl came and rocked; those who missed it can pretend they were there via YouTube
August 3, 2009 - Andy Gray
For those who thought, “Dave Grohl will never show,” and didn’t bother to go to Courthouse Square Saturday – you blew it.
Grohl came, was humbled and – most importantly –rocked the crowd that did turn out, playing two songs on drums with Loves Turns Hate (including a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll”) and then performing a three-song acoustic set of “Times Like These,” “My Hero” and “Everlong.” “My Hero” was dedicated to Warren Police Sgt. Joseph O’Grady, who spearheaded the Dave Grohl Alley project, and the sunglasses he was wearing didn’t hide that he was overcome with emotion by the gesture.
Luckily for those who missed it we live in the age of You Tube. The Web site already has several videos posted with footage from Saturday’s event, from shaky crowd-shot video to up-front performance footage posted by “fastfreddierocks.” I don’t know if WNCD-FM DJ Fast Freddie (who may need to change his name to Faster Freddie now, because he has to be moving quicker with all the weight he’s lost) shot the video or someone with him did, but they did a great job. The idea for Dave Grohl Alley was hatched following a bar conversation between O’Grady and Fast Freddie.
Click the links to see Grohl’s performance of “Times Like These” and part of “Everlong,” and other footage can be found by searching “Grohl” and “Warren” on YouTube.
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Dave Grohl holds up his key to the city (Photo by Andy Gray)