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Dave Grohl Fills in for Ailing Cage the Elephant Drummer in Concert

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At a time when hard rock fans are getting misty-eyed over the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s classic ‘Nevermind,’ album the band’s drummer and Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, stepped back behind the kit Tuesday night (Oct. 11) to play a set with Cage the Elephant.

Cage are currently opening for Foo Fighters, and when drummer Jared Champion’s appendix burst late Monday night, Grohl offered to fill in on the songs he knew — ‘In One Ear,’ ‘Shake me Down,’ ‘Sell Yourself’ and ‘Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked.’ Cage’s monitor engineer played with the band for the rest of the set. Grohl was also slated to play with Cage the Elephant for a part of their set on Thursday night (Oct. 13) in Los Angeles.

Grohl met Cage the Elephant at the KROQ Weenie Roast show in L.A. last June. Champion invited Grohl to check out their set and after the show, the Foo frontman asked them if they were interested in playing some shows together. Two weeks later, Grohl offered Cage the Elephant the opening slot on Foo Fighters’ current tour. Cage will play through Nov. 1 in Sacramento, Calif., after which punk veterans Social Distortion will take over their slot. Mariachi El Bronx are opening all shows.

As for Champion’s appendix, the operation was a success and the drummer stayed in Salt Lake City for a day before flying to join the band in Los Angeles. He’s expected to return to the stage Oct. 17 in San Diego, guitarist Lincoln Parish told

Watch Dave Grohl Drumming With Cage the Elephant on ‘Shake Me Down’

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