Dave Grohl recently shared an embarrassing moment from his youth where his mom forced him onstage with a seasoned jazz combo, who promptly left him in the dust. But the Foo Fighters frontman got a chance to redeem himself in a big way on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, sitting in with the world-famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band while they played their Cuban jazz ass-shaker “Santiago.”
After doing an interview alongside his mom in support of her new punk-rock parenting book From Cradle To Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, Grohl literally sprinted to join the Pres Hall band and Jon Batiste.
“Santiago” comes from the long-running group’s latest album So It Is — and Grohl’s enthusiastic jam session is just the latest example of big names in rock giving props to the New Orleans institution. So It Is was produced by TV On The Radio’s David Sitek and Grohl had previously crossed paths with the group when he recorded in their namesake venue for the 2014 Foo Fighters’ album Sonic Highways. The band closed off that stint with a secret show and street party around the historic venue.
But for those of us that couldn’t be there, this performance is almost as good. Check it out up top.