Taylor Hawkins provided lead vocals for the cover
Foo Fighters were joined onstage by the former drummer of 1980s heavy metal band Ratt, Bobby Blotzer.
Blotzer made a surprise appearance at the group’s show in Castaic Lake, California on Sunday (October 18), taking the sticks while drummer Taylor Hawkins provided lead vocals for a cover of Queen‘s ‘Tie Your Mother Down’.
Posting on Facebook after the incident, Blotzer wrote: “I was happy to be invited out to see my long-time friends Foo Fighters at Sunday’s annual Love Ride in Castaic, California.”
“They are truly one of the five-star bands around and it was especially cool to be invited up to jam with them. They told me they had seen the new YouTube videos of Ratt and that they thought it sounded great. I told Dave and Taylor that we would love to do some dates with them.”
Watch footage of the performance below.
Ratt achieved commercial success during the 1980s with the hits ‘Round and Round’ and ‘Lay It Down’. They released their last album ‘Infestation’ in 2010 and announced their hiatus last year.
“I was happy to be invited out to see my long time friends Foo Fighters at Sunday’s annual Love Ride in Castaic, California. They are truly one of the five star bands around and it was especially cool to be invited up to jam with them. They told me they had seen the new YouTube videos of RATT and that they thought it sounded great. I told Dave & Taylor that we would love to do some dates with them. Enjoy this cell phone video”BB
Posted by RATT on Sunday, 18 October 2015
Foo Fighters, meanwhile, announced that they have recorded five new songs with singer-songwriter Ben Kweller, revealing the news at a recent live show.
Frontman Dave Grohl confirmed the news at their headline set during the second weekend of Austin City Limits festival. “You know what I did last night? We recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city of Austin, Texas,” Grohl told the crowd on earlier this month (October 9).
He also stated that he teamed up on the tracks with singer-songwriter Ben Kweller, who he later welcomed on to the stage to duet on ‘Big Me’.
Grohl added: “Just by chance, I bumped into an old friend that I hadn’t seen in about 16 years, right as I was recording a vocal. This motherfucker walks in — I’m like, ‘Hey, man!’ — and he starts fucking singing the most beautiful harmony to the thing I was singing. I was like, ‘Get your ass in the vocal booth right now.’ And then he said, ‘Hey, if you want, I’ll come up and sing a song with you tonight.'”