The ‘One By One’ sessions weren’t easy, and during a break in the action, Dave Grohl wrote this song. “It's times like these you learn to live again/It's times like these you give and give again” might have been about his relationship with the band, but the song is malleable enough to fit different situations. Case in point: a number of British pop stars recently recorded a socially-distinct version of the song for the BBC; Grohl and Taylor Hawkins contributed to the recording as well. It also showed the wide and enduring appeal of the band: most of those pop singers are probably not familiar with the Foos’ peers or their influences.
Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. October 22nd is one.
October 22, 1952: Gregory A. Hawkes is born in Fulton, Maryland. After graduating high school, Greg Hawkes made his way northward to Berklee College of Music here in Boston, where he studied composition and flute. The former of those two skills would come in handy when, in late 1977, he would become the last member to join The Cars, on keys and synthesizers. Here, he’ll tell you himself.
October 22, 1969: Led Zeppelin releases Led Zeppelin II. The band marked the big five-oh for this one back in 2019, so we’re celebrating it this year with this quiz to test your knowledge of the seminal sophomore album.
October 22, 2002: Foo Fighters release their fourth studio album, One by One. That’s the one with “All My Life” and “Times Like These.” It’s also the one with “Low,” which wasn’t as big of a hit, but boasts maybe the greatest-ever Foo video: Dave Grohl and Jack Black drinkin’, wrasslin’, and cross-dressin’ in a cheap hotel room.
October 21, 1995: Shannon Hoon, frontman of Blind Melon, is found dead of a cocaine overdose on the band’s tour bus. And yeah, I know I’m cheating a little because this anniversary was actually yesterday, but it still bothers me over 25 years later.