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Dave Grohl Performs Emotional "Blackbird" Cover at Oscars

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At last night's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed an emotional rendition of the Beatles' "Blackbird" as a tribute to film-industry veterans who died over the course of the past 12 months.

During the performance of the classic White Album track, which was written by Grohl's pal, Paul McCartney, a large screen showed stills and clips of the departed, including Christopher Lee, Robert Loggia, Wes Craven, David Bowie and Leonard Nimoy.

Grohl, who took the stage alone with an acoustic guitar, was backed by the broadcast's official orchestra. You can check it out below.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.