David Bowie Declined to Collaborate with the Foo Fighters

By Hayden Wright

File this one under the growing list of Bowie collaborations that never happened. In a new segment for Playboy, Dave Grohl remembers propositioning David Bowie to join a project he worked on in the 90s. In characteristically polite fashion, Bowie declined—stating the contemporary sound was not “his thing.”

Related: 8 Things Dave Grohl Should Do During Foo Fighters’ Hiatus

Grohl remembered a night around 1997 when he played a 50th birthday celebration for Bowie at Madison Square Garden.

“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.’ And then I thought, “Maybe I’ll ask and see if David would want to do it.’ So the next day I get an email 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.'”


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