Dave Grohl was snowed in after playing at Warren Haynes’ 30th Christmas Jam on Saturday (Dec. 8), and the rocker teamed up with the Gov’t Mule front man to put on a surprise show the night after. The duo announced their Dec. 9 gig at Asheville, North Carolina’s Orange Peel just a few hours ahead of time, according to The Rolling Stone.
Grohl drummed with his band to perform his 23-minute instrumental, “Play,” and Haynes played some covers with Gov’t Mule. The surprise of the evening was a cover of Nirvana’s “All Apologies,” which Grohl almost didn’t end up doing.
“Warren said, ‘Do you want to do ‘All Apologies’? That used to be thin ice and delicate ground for a long time, for good reason. That’s something that had to be handled gently,” Grohl told The Rolling Stone. “When he mentioned that song, my initial reaction was, ‘I can’t do that. I shouldn’t do that.’ But then I think about the people that the song means so much to and has been a part of their lives — that joy and love should be shared. And then, as we were playing it, the audience starts to sing along, and I’m crying my eyes out onstage trying to keep it together — what a beautiful moment. And who am I to keep people from that beautiful moment?”
Watch the performance below.