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.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.