Dave Grohl plays Learn to Fly with the Muppets, rocks intense drum-off with Animal

Rock icon Dave Grohl recently joined forces with the Muppets, playing a piano-heavy version of Foo Fighters longtime hit Learn to Fly with the hand puppet house band Electric Mayhem on Miss Piggy’s late night talk show.

Wait, what? For those unaware, ABC’s The Muppets is a new spin on the classic characters, taking a documentary-style look at the real lives of everybody’s favorite puppet people, ala The Office. But just like the classic Muppet Show of the ’70s and ’80s, the new series is always filled with celebrity guest stars, who bring their talents along for the ride.

Grohl’s stint on the show included a drum battle with monstrous drummer Animal which ended in a tie — and two destroyed drum kits. And, in classic form, the Muppetized version of Learn to Fly had a few audience-centered asides, most of which centered on Gonzo The Great.

For the song, the curly-nosed, blue Muppet known for his fearless Evil Knievel-inspired acts works with Kermit to literally learn to fly in the video. It’s an effort that ends with the performer shooting himself out of a cannon on the roof of the Muppets’ studio, landing in a vat of “Piggy water” on top of a nearby building. After the landing, Kermit dubs him “Gonzo The Greatest.”

The Muppets returned to the airwaves this September, now helmed by Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and former 3rd Rock From The Sun producer Bob Kushell. Prady is a longtime contributor to the show, and has also written specials such as 1990’s Celebrate Jim Henson, as well as regular skits, for over 25 years.

Grohl is no stranger to the Muppets either, having replaced Animal as the drummer in the house band in the 2011 film feature film, also called The Muppets.

Improvisation seems to be a big part of Grohl’s success over the years, and he got his fair share of it in his recent appearance on the show. When the band tells him that they want to do the song different than they did it in rehearsal, Grohl asks them why they even rehearsed at all. They come up with an answer he likes, saying, “cause if we didn’t rehearse then there’s nothing to do it different from.”

“You know what, actually I dig that,” Grohl replies, smiling.

Grohl’s appearance followed the Foo Fighters’ recently released EP Saint Cecelia, which the band put out for free following what they felt was a change of meaning after the recent Paris attacks. The Foo have been encouraging fans to donate to charities with ties to the events, rather than pay for the EP.

You can watch the quick cut of Dave and Animal’s epic drum battle below.


Spidey is way funnier in the international trailer for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

An international trailer for Sony’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2' offers a slightly different look at the film, compared to the trailer released last week. Mostly, Spidey is just funnier.

‘Lone Survivor’ review

Lone Survivor trips up occasionally around military jargon and Hollywood trappings, but Peter Berg's brutal telling of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's survival story ranks among the most impactful films of the year.

The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new film ‘Interstellar’ is here, sort of

The new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ doesn’t reveal much, but it sure is pretty. The film stars Matthew McConaughey and debuts November 7, 2014.

Take a video stroll through Paul Walker’s stunning car collection

Last year a video surfaced of one of the most impressive car collections you can imagine. Now we know that this collection belonged to the late Paul Walker. The star of the Fast and the Furious movies was known as a car lover, but it was…

Cameron heads to New Zealand to film all three Avatar films at once

The recently confirmed trio of Avatar films will be filmed back-to-back-to-back in New Zealand, and explore more of Pandora and the Na’vi culture, including new life forms.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ stares you down in its first trailer

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the upcoming ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ the sequel to 2011’s surprising ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes.’

Paul Rudd is officially in talks to star in ‘Ant-Man’

After months and months of no comments, Paul Rudd has officially been offered the lead role of Ant-Man in Edgar Wright’s upcoming entry into the Marvel film Universe.
Movies & TV

‘Man of Steel 2’ interested in Joaquin Phoenix for Lex Luthor

Warner Bros. wants Joaquin Phoenix to face off against Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot in Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel 2,’ aka Batman versus Superman.
Movies & TV

Netflix has a request for Chicago’s ‘Stranger Things’ pop-up bar

Chicago’s Emporium Arcade Bar is paying homage to a popular Netflix show in the most 2017 way possible: by hosting a Stranger Things pop-up bar. Now, a cease-and-desist letter from Netflix is circulating around the Internet.
Movies & TV

Slow TV is a leisurely entertainment remedy for modern madness

Take a breather from the action and sink into some slow TV.
The Manual

Stellar ‘Star Wars’ gifts to celebrate the release of ‘The Last Jedi’

To ring in the arrival of 'Star Wars Episode XIII: The Last Jedi', we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Star Wars gifts.
The Manual

This guy created a life-sized TIE silencer from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Famous Youtuber and inventor Colin Furze's life-sized remake of Kylo Ren’s TIE silencer is as awesome as it sounds.
The Manual

This ‘Game of Thrones’ ice hotel is in Finland, not Westeros

Winter has come — in the form of this 'Game of Thrones' ice hotel.
Home Theater

Sling TV expands Spanish language programming

With the addition of a South America package, Sling TV positions itself as the streaming service with the most content in Spanish in the United States.