Dave Grohl and pal producer/songwriter Greg Kurstin cranked up the “Hanukkah Classes” for a 3rd yr on Sunday night time (Dec. 18) for one more spherical of covers of songs made well-known by Jewish musicians. In a twist, this yr’s efforts had been all recorded stay at Los Angeles’ intimate Largo on Dec. 5 with a forged of all-star friends taking the stage on the 250-capacity membership.
The pair additionally introduced in a ringer to deal with vocals for the primary of the eight night time celebration of lights: director Judd Apatow. The Bros co-producer stepped to the mic for a run via Blood, Sweat & Tears’ 1969 Grammy-nominated Billboard Sizzling 100 No. 2 hit “Spinning Wheel,” which, based on a Selection report on the occasion, was impressed by a karaoke night time in Hawaii with Grohl’s household. “Just a little blood and loads of schvitz went into this yr’s Hanukkah Classes — however the one tears you’ll be shedding will probably be tears of nachas while you hear Judd Apatow sing ‘Spinning Wheel’ by Blood, Sweat & (No) Tears!” learn the video’s description.
“It is a music meaning rather a lot to me, it was carried out by the good Hank Kingsley [Jeffrey Tambor] on The Larry Sanders Present. It is a tribute to Garry and to Hank,” stated Apatow on the high of the clip, referring to the notorious sidekick on the faux speak present hosted by his late buddy Garry Shandling. And with that, with Grohl on drums and Kurstin on keys, Apatow sang-talked the swinging psychedelic delicate rock traditional on a stage decked with a number of menorahs, some stray tinsel and a killer horn part.
Throughout Kurstin’s jazzy piano solo Apatow did some awkward dad dancing earlier than the late-song break, asserting casually, “there’s extra” earlier than diving again in with a sequence of goofy faces because the band went right into a song-ending freak-out. Proclaiming himself out of fuel (or was it oil?) on the finish, an out of breath Apatow joked, “Dave I do know you do five-hour concert events, however that’s all I may do. I want a month off.”
Grohl and Kurstin launched the primary “Classes” in Dec. 2020 within the midst of the primary winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping one new cowl for every night time of the vacation. Within the midst of a regarding rise in antisemitic incidents and hate speech within the U.S., proceeds from the Largo night time went to the Anti-Defamation League.
Among the many different friends at Largo had been P!nk, Kurstin’s The Chicken and the Bee collaborator Inara George, Grohl’s mighty-voiced 16-year-old daughter Violet, Beck, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O and Jack Black. The inaugural 2020 “Classes” featured covers of songs by he Beastie Boys, Drake, Mountain, Peaches, Bob Dylan, Elastica, The Knack and the Velvet Underground, whereas final yr’s version introduced eight loopy nights of covers, together with a black metallic tackle Lisa Loeb’s “Keep (I Missed You),” in addition to the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana (On the Copa),” the Conflict’s “Practice in Useless,” Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Night time,” Van Halen’s “Bounce,” Amy Winehouse’s “Take the Field” and Billy Joel’s “Massive Shot.”
Watch the “Spinning Wheel” cowl under.