Dave Grohl has spoken out on the star-studded BBC Radio 1-organised cover of Foo Fighters‘ ‘Times Like These’, saying that he “had to fight back tears” when he first learned about the charity campaign.
UK proceeds from the song are being split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief, while international proceeds are going towards the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19-Solidarity Response Fund.
In a letter addressed to “all of my friends at the BBC”, Grohl reflected on the “incredible honour” of having ‘Times Like These’ “transformed… for, well, times like these.”
“The response has been incredible and I wanted to thank you all for your support,” he wrote. “When my manager first called and explained the project to me, I literally had to fight back tears – that’s how flattered I was that the BBC would consider one of my songs for such an important cause.”
"To all these amazing artists who took the time to learn and sing the words that I scribbled on a bit of hotel stationary nearly 20 years ago – I am beyond humbled. You have no idea."@FooFighters' Dave Grohl sent a message to everyone at the BBC and we couldn't love him more ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Sn5fiFtTJ3
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) April 30, 2020
Grohl continued: “To all those amazing artists who took the time to learn and sing the words that I scribbled on a bit of hotel stationery nearly 20 years ago – I am beyond humbled. You have no idea.
“I hope this new version of the song helps lift people’s spirits a little, and that the proceeds we’re donating to Comic Relief and Children In Need reach as many people affected by COVID-19 as possible.
“Thanks again, for giving me the chance to be a part of something so much bigger. I look forward to the day that we’ll all be back in a muddy field again, singing our hearts out together.
“It’s times like these we learn to live again…”
The ‘Times Like These’ cover is in a tightly-contested battle with The Weeknd‘s ‘Blinding Lights’ for this week’s UK Number One spot, with the result set to be announced tomorrow (May 1).
The Official Charts Company‘s latest data has revealed that The Weeknd is just 1,100 copies ahead of the ‘Times Like These’ cover at the top of the charts.