Most wouldn’t compare Wings to the Foo Fighters — but most aren’t Paul McCartney

When he was inducted, the former Beatle accomplished exactly that. Foo Fighters into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Saturday night in a moving speech that drew many parallels between himself and Dave Grohl

McCartney started out his short speech describing himself as “just an ordinary kid” living in Liverpool, England, “going to school like everybody else,” per Variety

But then one day, he “heard some music” and his “world changed.”

“I just fell through a hole in time, and suddenly, I was in rock ‘n’ roll,” he said.

Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl perform during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Oct. 31 in Cleveland.
via Associated Press

The guitarist then described Grohl as “just an ordinary, kind of goofy kid.”

“And the same thing happened. He falls through the same hole, and he’s in rock ‘n’ roll. And it’s gonna be his life. It’s gonna take over everything,” McCartney said.

And sure, lots of kids become obsessed with rock ‘n’ roll, but the similarities the 79-year-old musician pointed out next may have caused McCartney to raise an eyebrow.

“I fell into rock and roll, I joined a group. My band was The Beatles. As I said, the world has changed. Similar actions were taken by Dave. Nirvana became his group. We had a great time with our groups, but then eventually tragedy happened, and my group broke up,” McCartney explained.

McCartney and Grohl perform onstage Saturday.
On Saturday, McCartney and Grohl performed on stage.
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“The same happened with Dave: His group broke up under tragic circumstances. The question now is: What do you do? That question was presented to us both. In my case, I thought, ‘Well, I’ll make an album where I play all the instruments myself.’ So I did that. Dave’s group broke up, what’s he to do? He records an album in which he plays every instrument. Do you think this guy’s stalking me?”

McCartney pointed out how he and Grohl both parlayed those albums — “McCartney” and Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut — to launch successful second careers with Wings and the Foo Fighters.

McCartney and Grohl embrace backstage during the ceremony.
McCartney, Grohl and their backstage embrace during the ceremony
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Considering how much they have in common, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the two musicians have become friends throughout the years. Grohl, however, has admitted that he “freaked out” when he first met McCartney and that even though they’re now close, that the feeling of awe “never wears off.”

Yet, that didn’t seem to show when the two jammed out together at the ceremony Saturday night. See their performance here:


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