October 7, 2017 – Caljam Festival – The inside report on the now on the infamous Liam Gallagher + Joe Perry + Foo Fighters performance of The Beatles “Come Together” at the Glen Helen Pavilion in San Bernadino, California. We had the backstage access and saw it all go down.
In a world where a drugged up Keith Moon passed out on his drum kit during a concert, Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat, Axl Rose caused a concert riot and Rage Against The Machine stood naked on stage for 10 minutes and left without playing a song, Gallagher forgetting the lyrics to a song should be chalked up to Rock N’ Roll baby!!!
Many fans and music websites like alternativenation.net seem to think Dave Grohl was upset with Liam Gallagher by running headlines like this. (click below for the article)
I can report firsthand that all was good backstage with Liam & his family hanging with Dave, Taylor & the Foo Fighters until 3:00am.
HERE’S WHAT WENT DOWN:
- Liam Gallagher immediately forgets the lyrics to “Come Together” despite having them written on a paper.
- He jumps off the stage and pulls a stunning looking girl out of the audience to help him sing the song.
- Dave Grohl (maybe a bit embarrassed and amused) takes a seat and plays his guitar behind Taylor Hawkins drum kit.
- Liam again jumps off the stage and proceeds to crowd surf (something I have never seen him do before)
- He leaves the stage and then the Foo Fighters end the show in great fashion with “Everlong”
Watch the now infamous Liam Gallagher, Joe Perry & Foo Fighters performance of The Beatles “Come Together” from my perspective straight outta my iPhone!!!
NOW FOR THE BACKSTORY
Two days after Caljam, Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl both talked about performance on Breakfast with the Foo Fighters with Kevin & Bean on KROQ 106.7. Hawkins confirms that it took quite a bit of coaxing to even get Gallagher up on-stage with them.
“I love Liam Gallagher. There’s a lot of weird words in the song, you can’t just do it without the words there and he wasn’t gonna do it with us, at first he was gonna and then he said his voice was wrecked and then we went into it and Dave said Liam is coming and he walked out as he does like only Mr. Jefferson and Liam can do walk, he had his hoodie on and his glasses and he gave me a kiss on the lips and then went out there and was Liam Gallagher” – Taylor Hawkins
When asked about him forgetting the lyrics:
“It was better that way” – Dave Grohl
“It didn’t matter it was Liam Gallagher and all we wanted was Liam Gallagher on stage with us” – Taylor Hawkins
Check out these feelnumb.com EXCLUSIVE photos of Dave Grohl and Liam Gallagher talking backstage about an hour before the Foo Fighters were set to hit the stage. Could this be part of the convincing process???
Liam finished his set at 5:30 and hung out backstage at his trailer until almost midnight to make his guest appearance with the Foos. Jet lagged, tired and maybe a little tipsy, here’s a cool photo I took of Liam as he was being led out to the stage…
Obviously it wasn’t the best performance but consider it part of rock history. Where else are you going to see members of Oasis, Aerosmith, The Germs, Foo Fighters & Nirvana perform a song by The Beatles written by John Lennon???
ONLY AT CALJAM 2017!!!
On a side note: I met both Liam & Noel Gallagher 10 days apart in Los Angeles… Liam at the aforementioned Caljam Festival and Noel at his Capitol Records press listening party for his forthcoming album “Who Built The Moon?”