Dave Grohl & Greg Kurstin Cover Billy Joel, The Clash & Kiss For ‘Hanukkah Sessions’

Dave Grohl & Greg Kurstin Cover Billy Joel, The Clash & Kiss For ‘Hanukkah Sessions’

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and producer/musician Greg Kurstin completed this year’s edition of The Hanukkah Sessions covers video series. The final three installments featured covers of songs by Billy Joel, The Clash and KISS.

2022 was the second edition of Grohl and Kurstin’s The Hanukkah Sessions. This year began with a Lisa Loeb cover, followed by the pair’s takes on songs by Ramones, Barry Manilow, Van Halen and Amy Winehouse.

Night six saw Grohl and Kurstin tackle Joel’s “Big Shot.” Here’s how they explained their choice:

While he claims a secular Long Island upbringing (and has songs full of Catholic and Italian imagery), Billy Joel remains one of the great Jews of musical scripture—here’s his ultimate ode to a true Macher: “Big Shot!”

Big Shot

The penultimate video saw the pair take on “Train In Vain” by The Clash. The video came accompanied by this note:

Michael Geoffrey Jones, born to Russian Jewish mother Renee Zagansky, would come to be known as punk rock legend Mick Jones, co-founder of The Clash. It’s London Calling Jerusalem as we take a “Train In Vain.”

Train In Vain

The eighth and final video of this year’s The Hanukkah Sessions featured a cover of “Rock And Roll All Nite” by Kiss and Grohl and Kurstin sporting the band’s signature makeup masks. Here’s the note shared with the last video:

Ladies and gentlemen….we made it. Night 8! And what better way to celebrate another year of Hanukkah Sessions than Chaim Witz and Stanley Eisen….two young lads from Queens that set the world (and thousands of stages) on FIRE as Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS!!!

Greg and I would like to thank all of the people that helped ramp up the Hanukkah Sessions this year. It’s gonna be tough to beat! (But we will. Oh, we will…..)

We hope that this year’s batch of hits has brought a little joy to you, as it surely did to us!

Now let’s rock and roll all nite and party everyday until next Hanukkah!


Rock And Roll All Nite