Foo Fighters Thrilled And Confused By Prince Cover
February 9, 2007

Foo Fighters

During his Super Bowl halftime show, Prince unveiled a cover of the Foo Fighters' "Best Of You" as part of a medley with "All Along The Watchtower." The Foos themselves had no idea Prince was planning a cover of one of their tunes, especially since he was not a fan when the band covered his "Darling Nikki" a few years back.

Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins told that Prince wouldn't let the band release "Darling Nikki," which was released as an Australian b-side and garnered surprise radio airplay in the U.S. in 2003, in the States. "I heard that he didn't like our version. Or maybe he just didn't like us doing it."

Last week, Howard Stern acquired a studio version of the "Watchtower/Best Of You" mash-up and played it during his show, speculating that it could appear during Prince's Super Bowl set.

"Dude, I have no idea why he did it, but I'd love to find out," Hawkins laughed. "I mean, the thought went through my head that maybe he was doing it as a sort of 'F--- you' to us, or maybe he really likes the song. Either way, it was pretty amazing to have a guy like Prince covering one of our songs — and actually doing it better than we did." He added that he was completely taken by surprise at a Super Bowl party. "I was watching the game at our producer Nick Raskulinecz's house, and since he's doing the new Rush album, all the guys from the band were there," he told MTV. "I mean, I'm outside smoking a cigarette with [Rush drummer] Neil Peart and someone sticks their head outside and goes, 'Uh, dude, Prince is doing your song.' "

Dave Grohl was also thrilled by the performance, telling Entertainment Weekly, ''Having been a massive Prince fan my whole life, I was flattered beyond words. What an honor to be covered by one of your heroes!''

As for the Foos, Hawkins says the band is just getting started on demos for the follow up to In Your Honor, but jokes, "maybe we'll get cracking on a version of 'Purple Rain' to see if maybe he'll hate it even more."

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