Grohl-ing Older With Slash
Slash says Dave Grohl’s 46th birthday celebration at the Los Angeles Forum was “one of the coolest … I’ve witnessed in my time” — and the former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist almost missed it. Slash tells Overheard he was unaware of the Jan. 10 bash and had other plans when actor and Tenacious D frontman Jack Black convinced him to join the festivities, which drew Alice Cooper, Kiss’ Paul Stanley, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth and Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister. Slash feted the birthday boy with Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down.” He also recalled his history with Grohl, which wasn’t always so friendly, thanks to what he described as “a negative thing that happened between” the leaders of their previous bands, Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain, in the 1990s. “It had nothing to do with me or [Dave],” says Slash, and when the two rockers finally met, they became friends. At one point, he says, he and Grohl even had kids at the same school in Los Angeles and “would sit in school assemblies together.”
Tegan & Sara: Handshakes, Not Hugs Night Terrors of 1927 frontman Jarrod Gorbel owes a debt of gratitude to Tegan & Sara for making him a better-socialized human being. During the music video shoot for Night Terrors’ infectious synth-pop track “When You Were Mine,” which features Tegan & Sara, Gorbel says his bandmate Blake Sennett (formerly of Rilo Kiley) kept mocking his painfully awkward bro-hugging technique in front of the twin sisters. “I’m better at hugging girls but pretty bad at the various male high-five/hug combo-type things. It can be disastrous,” says Gorbel. Enter Tegan & Sara who, Gorbel says, worked with him to develop “different methods of hellos and goodbyes” — including the oh-so traditional handshake — to help him avoid humiliation. “Most people don’t know how awkward I truly am,” says Gobel.
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