The Seventh night of Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin’s Hanukkah Sessions was another incredible gift, with actor and Tenacious D star Jack Black delivering a fevered take on Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio.” As Grohl pummeled through the track on drums and Kurstin tapped into the song’s complex layers on the keys, Black sang in his usually passionate style. Even Kyle Gass (aka Tenacious D’s KG) made an appearance, briefly entering the stage with an “applause” sign.
“Geddy Lee’s mother was so proud of her son that she put Rush posters up all over their family store and gave away Rush albums to kids who didn’t have money to buy them,” reads the video’s caption. “In tribute to that proud Jewish mother, we give you — free of charge—’The Spirit Of Radio’ featuring Jack Black!”
This is the third year the Foo Fighters frontman and Grammy-winning producer Kurstin have teamed up for their annual holiday series featuring covers of songs by Jewish artists. It was an idea originally born during the pandemic when the duo recorded the covers at Kurstin’s studio.
This year was the first time the series took place in front of a live audience. Grohl and Kurstin brought some of their famous friends to the Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles Dec. 5 for a special concert benefitting the Anti Defamation League.
Previous releases have included director Judd Apatow singing Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “Spinning Wheel,” P!nk offering her hit “Get the Party Started,” a take on the 10CC’s “The Things We Do for Love” from Inara George (Kurstin’s other half in the bird and the bee), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O on “Heads Will Roll,” Grohl’s daughter Violet on Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen,” and Beck doing “E-Pro.”