Dave Grohl, who used to be in Nirvana, plays Christmas ditties on SNL.

Dave Grohl, Who Used to Be in Nirvana, Plays Christmas Ditties With the Foo Fighters on SNL

Dave Grohl, Who Used to Be in Nirvana, Plays Christmas Ditties With the Foo Fighters on SNL

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Dec. 17 2017 3:59 AM

Dave Grohl, Who Used to Be in Nirvana, Plays Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Ditties With the Foo Fighters on Saturday Night Live

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Christmas!

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Dave Grohl, who many lifetimes ago was in a band called Nirvana, stopped by Saturday Night Live with his new band the Foo Fighters, and he brought some Christmas cheer with him! After starting off with “Everlong,” from 1997’s The Colour and the Shape, the Foo Fighters turned in a rocking performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love (off Phil Spector’s 1963 Christmas album) and a guitar arrangement of the Vince Guaraldi classic, “Linus & Lucy,” which first appeared on A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965.  It’s everything you’d ever want from a Saturday Night Live musical guest during the holiday season: a respectful treatment of some treasured Baby Boomer Christmas classics, with something for everyone to enjoy!

Here, incidentally, is a little number from Dave Grohl’s first Saturday Night Live appearance, 25 years ago. He played a song with the crowd-pleasing title of “Territorial Pissings,” which begins with bass player Krist Novoselec howling a lyric from boomer-favorite “Get Together” by the Youngbloods, not respectfully at all, and ends with Grohl smashing his drum set while Kurt Cobain beats up a stack of amplifiers until someone at NBC cuts to commercial.

Which isn’t to say Grohl never sang Christmas carols back in the day. Here he is claiming to not know “Silent Night” or “Joy to the World,” before half-assing his way through a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with the rest of Nirvana.

Twenty-five years is a long time!