Since the death of David Bowie in January, it has come out that he rejected an offer to lend his vocals to a Coldplay song, and that he turned down multiple opportunities to produce albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now, Dave Grohl has revealed that he, too, felt the sting of a Bowie rejection.
In a video clip recorded for Playboy, Grohl recalls being approached to create a song for a movie “about two years ago.” He emailed Bowie, asking the legend if he would be interested in recording the vocals for the track.
“David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it’s not my thing,” Grohl quotes Bowie’s response to the offer. “He said, ‘I’m not made for these times. So thanks, but I think I’m gonna sit this one out.’”
“I immediately email back and said, ‘No worries, I totally understand,’” Grohl continues. “I hit send, and within a minute and a half, I get an email back from him. It says, ‘Alright, well that’s settled then. Now, f**k off.’”
At a pre-Grammy Awards event on Sunday, Grohl teamed up with his former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, plus Beck to perform a cover of Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World.”