Dave Grohl drums for Cage The Elephant after sticksman Jared Champion falls ill – video

Foo Fighters' mainman is likely to help support band out tonight too

Foo Fighters mainman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl has temporarily joined Cage The Elephant as their touring drummer. You can watch a video of him playing with the band by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

The band, who are currently supporting the Foo Fighters on their US tour, are presently without their drummer Jared Champion after his appendix burst on Monday (October 10) evening.

Champion, who has since undergone surgery, will also miss tonight’s (October 13) gig at the Los Angeles Forum, meaning Grohl will fill in once again behind the kit.


Cage The Elephant‘s guitarist Lincoln Parrish told Spin that Grohl volunteered his services as soon as he heard about Champion’s condition.

He said:

“Dave somehow heard what had happened and called our tour manager. He said, ‘Hey, so do you think the guys would go for it?’ Our manager was like, ‘Um, yeah!!!”

Asked about what the experience was like of playing with Grohl, he replied:

I had to pinch myself. I turned around and Dave Grohl is playing the drums. It’s an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nobody can replace Jared. But it’s Dave fucking Grohl. If you’re going to be replaced by anybody, it might as well be the best.

The band have indicated that Champion is likely to be fit enough to retake his place on the drum stool in San Diego on Monday (October 17).