In 2015, Dave Grohl, bored from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, smoked weed with Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett before he was set to join Ringo Starr on stage. Starr received an award at the end of the ceremony and brought some of his musician friends to perform “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Grohl said he got so high with Cyrus and Jett that he could barely function.
Grohl said his introduction to rock music in his youth was The Beatles. He has said that Starr is instantly recognizable as a drummer and is one of the greatest drummers of all time.
“Define the best drummer in the world,” Grohl said in a tribute video for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “Is it someone who’s technically proficient, or is it someone who puts their own emotion into the song? Ringo was the king of feelings.”
He remarked that Starr was a “bada**” because he was able to get people dancing to even his simplest drum beats.
Starr and Grohl eventually formed a friendship, and in 2015 he was preparing to perform “With a Little Help From My Friends” with him. However, the Hall of Fame ceremony dragged on for a long time, and Grohl went upstairs to kill time.
“I just remember being there and going upstairs … the ceremonies can be painfully long,” Grohl told Rolling Stone in 2021. “Luckily, Joan Jett’s performance was at the forefront of the show. We performed and after a few hours I went to the dressing room for a drink and ended up smoking a joint with Joan and Miley Cyrus. [Laughs.]”
Grohl said he rarely does it and is suddenly amazingly high.
“I came back down…and I rarely smoke weed,” he explained, noting, “I remember looking over, staring at Jerry Lee Lewis and just…I don’t have the words to describe it. I fucking tripped. And then, at the end of the show, Ringo got an award. A producer ran around looking for me to sing the finale of “With a Little Help From My Friends.” He ran up to me and was like, ‘Dave! David! You have to be on stage in the next two minutes! We’re doing the grand finale!’”
Grohl said he couldn’t imagine going on stage in this condition. Nonetheless, he did, joining Jett, Cyrus, Paul McCartney, and many other musicians on the song.
Grohl and Starr’s friendship also got the former Beatles drummer a job as a photographer for the Foo Fighters album Sonic Highways. He later joked that he didn’t think Grohl gave proper credit to the photos.
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“What are you talking about?” asked Grohl in a joint interview with Rolling Stone. “We used them on the record!”
Starr said he wished his work would be appreciated more.
“I wanted more praise and love,” he said.