Dave Grohl Honors Steve Albini with ‘My Hero’ Tribute at N.C. Foo Fighters Concert

Foo Fighters' Frontman Reflects on Influential Music Partnership.

by Nouman Rasool
Dave Grohl Honors Steve Albini with ‘My Hero’ Tribute at N.C. Foo Fighters Concert
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It was during an emotionally charged moment at the Foo Fighters' recent concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, when Dave Grohl dedicated the band's classic track "My Hero" to the memory of Steve Albini, the revered music engineer and producer who passed away earlier this week at the age of 61.

Steve Albini, the alternative rock legend, has tragically passed after an unexpected heart attack. Credited with innovating the noise-rock genre and drastically changing the business, Albini was the prototypical record producer for two decades, working on truly seminal records.

Most famously, he worked on Nirvana's In Utero, from 1993, that put him in touch with Grohl years before the Foo Fighters were even a thing.

Grohl's Emotional Dedication

The poignant tribute came on Thursday night when Grohl emotionally addressed the audience.

"Tonight, I'd like to dedicate this song to a friend we lost the other day, who I've known for a long, long time. And he left us much too soon," said Grohl. He emphasized, in trying to insist that anybody who was ignorant of his contributions should never forget his name, the depth to which Albini had an effect, not only on the people in that room but in the world of music at large.

Grohl and Albini worked together even beyond In Utero. In 2014, they met in a studio in Chicago to record the song "Something From Nothing" with the Foo Fighters, a session captured by Grohl's HBO series Sonic Highways. Last year, Grohl joined Albini on the Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend podcast, along with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, to discuss the detailed production that went into In Utero and take fans inside one of the most influential 90s albums.

The music world hasn't fallen silent in its mourning; tribute has been paid by artists like PJ Harvey, the Pixies, and Butch Vig, who have pointed out Albini's wider contributions in works with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mogwai, and The Stooges.

' Albini's own band Shellac was poised to release a debut album in August after a ten-year hiatus, To All Trains, and to tour the UK and the US.