dave paul Dave Grohl...McCartney FanOne of the gear things about the McCartney concert at the White House was that Paul chose the musicians and song selections that were part of the tribute to him. Paul picked Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana to play Band On The Run. Brilliant choice since the Foo Fighters have covered the song, and Dave joined in on this song at a couple of Paul’s concerts. This was certainly the most rockin’ song of the evening. Even Stevie Wonder, sitting in the audience, was totally into bouncing and singing along. Dave also gave a heartfelt tribute to Paul and the president.

The emotions were high in the concert, but for me went very deep when I had a chance to chat with Dave at the following reception. We had never met, but I had a story I wanted to share, and Dave and his wife were very gracious in agreeing to hear what I had to say. The story was, one of my all time favorite students over the years at Columbia College was a young man named Sean Silver. I knew Sean from Tower Records on Clark Street, and always felt a great deal of affection for him. A wonderful man. Sean enrolled in My Rock and Soul On The Radio course. He was a dream student. Smart, engaged, good writer, always there, physically and mentally. I often told him he could teach the course. He knew his music. The second semester was difficult for Sean, dealing with the cancer that would eventually take his life. He missed several classes due to the treatments. Understandable, but there are rules, and he wanted to graduate, so I got permission to pass him if he completed an extra credit project. I didn’t want to burden him with busy work, so I asked him to write a four page paper on how music was helping him with the ordeal. Sean turned in an amazing paper. I wish I had made a copy, but graded and returned the paper. He put his heart into the project. I told Dave he went the extra mile and submitted a cd of the songs that he wrote about. The cd began with the acoustic version of the Foo Fighters’ Times Like These and ended with the electric version of the song. Judging by the look in Dave’s eyes, he was moved by this story. Then I told him at Sean’s wake, I was with his brother, looking at photos of Sean, and I noticed one of Sean with Dave Grohl. Sean’s brother informed me that Dave was Sean’s one and only man crush. In a second Dave went from looking very emotional to breaking out it good, healthy laughter. He went on to tell me what was going on in his life that inspired him to write Times Like These. He also reflected how McCartney had written so many songs that influenced his life, and how it moved him that he was now in that position. In other words…he got it. Bless him for that.

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Comments (10)
  1. Yeah, Dave, says:

    sooo hilarious

  2. always says:

    fighting foo

  3. Bob says:

    Sean was more than that, so much more! He is missed everyday! Rock on Dave! Thanks Terri for the great article. You are reason why XRT is the ONLY radio station in Chicago.

  4. another friend of Sean Silver says:

    Thank you so much Terri, for remembering our great friend. There are still some bands I can’t listen to without thinking of him, some venues where catch myself looking for him near the back by the bar, with a drink in hand and looking like there was truly no where else in the world worth it to be. Bob sums it up nicely, Sean is missed in so many ways every day.

  5. Stacey says:

    Thank you for writing this. Sean was a great great friend. I think about him every time I make a mix cd. ❤

  6. Brad Fisher says:

    We miss you Sean.

  7. Maribeth says:

    Sean will always be missed! What I am so privileged to witness is how many people show up to remember him AND his brother and sister and parents know how to honor him. I pray my four children will grow up to be like Sean

  8. Brad Fisher says:

    Traded cars with my brother tonight to fix his breaklights. Got sick of listening to Jay Z and flipped through the disc changer to find some good working music. Sean’s CD came on and I let it play. After a day of being in the dumps his music pulled my mood up to something I don’t feel too often. Decided to wash and detail the car. Drove around the block to dry it off. Pulled in the drive way and the CD ended just before I turned off the key. Thanks Sean.

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