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Last year, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and eight-time Grammy-winning producer Greg Kurstin celebrated the Jewish Festival of Lights with a series they dubbed Hanukkah Sessions, in which they covered eight songs by prominent Jewish artists — from Bob Dylan to the Beastie Boys. This year, they're doing it again, and after kicking off the series with a death-metal rendition of Lisa Loeb's "Stay" and covers of Ramones, Barry Manilow, Van Halen, Amy Winehouse and Billy Joel songs, the pair are honoring night seven with their version of the Clash's "Train in Vain."
The duo tear through the London Calling — which is relevant to the series because the Clash's Mick Jones, née Michael Geoffrey Jones, was born to a Russian Jewish mother, Renee Zagansky — with Grohl behind the drum kit and mic and Kurstin on piano and harmonica. Watch the cover above via YouTube, and see what the Foo's bandleader had to say about it below.
Michael Geoffrey Jones, born to Russian Jewish mother Renee Zagansky, would come to be known as punk rock legend Mick Jones, co-founder of @TheClash. It’s London Calling Jerusalem as we take a “Train In Vain.”#hanukkahsessions #happyhanukkah #chanukah pic.twitter.com/Tq1nM47iff— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) December 4, 2021