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Dave Grohl Says David Bowie Once Told Him to ‘F— Off’

Kevork Djansezian / Scott Gries, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian / Scott Gries, Getty Images

Dave Grohl and David Bowie had a good working relationship, but that didn’t mean everything always clicked.

For instance, Bowie politely turned down an offer to collaborate on a film soundtrack, even though Grohl performed at Bowie’s 50th birthday concert in 1998 and then appeared on Bowie’s 2002 album, Heathen.

“About two years ago, I got approached by this movie to do a song for the movie, so I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll have someone else sing, I’ll do the music and then have another vocalist,'” Grohl recalls in a new video shot by Playboy. “And then I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll ask and see if David would want to do it.’ So the next day I get an e-mail and it says, ‘David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it’s not my thing.’ He said, ‘I’m not made for these times.'”

Their correspondence continued, until Bowie signed off with a hilarious line. “All right, now that’s settled, then f— off,” he wrote. Grohl says he doesn’t know how serious Bowie was being with that statement.

Since Bowie’s death last month from cancer, just days after releasing the new Blackstar LP, stories of similar rejections have surfaced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay.

Grohl’s passion for Bowie’s work was widely confirmed when he helped cover “The Man Who Sold the World” as part of Nirvana‘s Unplugged in New York. That moment was recalled during this year’s pre-Grammys events, when Grohl joined Beck, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear to play the Bowie classic once more.

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