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How Paul McCartney Wound Up Playing Drums on Foo Fighters’ “Sunday Rain”

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl speaks to Landmarks Live in Concert host Chad Smith about recording “Sunday Rain” with special guest Paul McCartney on drums. Captured this past July, Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special premieres nationwide Friday, November 10 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

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We have a song on our record called 'Sunday Rain' that Taylor sings, and on the record Paul McCartney plays the drums.

On the song 'Sunday Rain,' I had written it and demo'd it by myself, and we jammed it as a band.

And, I love it when Taylor sings because he's got such a great voice.

Is it a banger or is it, a- -Can you play soft?

-I don't know I was gonna play drums on this song, because Taylor was gonna sing it.

And they said 'I don't know, you know what? You should get Paul to come in and play drums.'

And not a lot of people know that Paul McCartney has played drums on a lot of songs that you've heard - Beatles songs too.

And I was like 'Hey man, you want to play drums on a new song on our record?'

And he texted back, he was like 'You've always got crazy ideas!'

And he came into the studio, had his drum set set up, and just immediately starts doing that thing that he recognizes.

He's got a real swing to it!

And the greatest part was watching him do it, because he's got this huge smile on his face.

and he was so into it when he was playing!

And so Taylor, sat on a stool and like conducted like 'Chorus!'

'Pre- chorus!' as we were tracking.

I think our version of the song was maybe five minutes long.

But Paul's version was like twelve minutes.

He just didn't want to stop!

-He was having too much fun!

-I'm telling you.

So we did one, we're like 'Oh my god that's amazing,' and we had it.

We went in and listened and we were like 'Wow that was easy, man!'

He is amazing.

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