Dave Grohl’s first ever acoustic performance of Everlong was on the Howard Stern show. The video is a bit grainy, but it’s cool to see a song that’s become known for its acoustic version performed live for the first time ever. Good old Howard Stern, always making celebrities try new things.

This video was recorded in 1997 and was the catalyst that made Grohl’s acoustic version of the song more popular than the original. Seem’s like Stern, who is currently a judge for America’s Got Talent, has always had a good idea of what’s popular in today’s culture.

Grohl discussed the history of Everlong in an interview with Kerrang! magazine in June 2006. Here are a few excerpts from that interview via Foo Archive

On Everlong:

“We started working on our second album, ‘The Color And The Shape’ in October and November of ’96. We recorded at a studio just outside Seattle that was a converted barn and you could stay in the house. Behind it there was this creek that had salmon jumping in it. It was beautiful but you were really isolated, outside town by about 45 minutes. So I was staying out there and while I was there my ex-wife and I split up. We took a break for Christmas, so I went back to Virginia by myself. I took the rough tracks of what we’d done and it didn’t seem right. The album had something missing.

I had this one riff that I originally thought was a Sonic Youth rip off, but I decided it might be good to turn it into a song. When I brought it to our producer Gil Norton, he said, ‘That’s great let’s put it on the album!’I knew it was a cool song, but I didn’t think it would be the one song by which most people recognize the band.

I think it was the first time people had ever quoted lyrics to me, like, ‘That song is beautiful! That line where you say ‘Breath out so I can breath you in .. .” Chicks would come up and recite that to me. That song’s about a girl that I’d fallen in love with and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly.”

Even though Grohl was going through the pain of a divorce at the time, he was still able to find the beauty of a new blossoming relationship and turn it into a timeless, classic song.

In Grohl’s own words, “the song is about being connected to someone so much that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly.”

Here’s What Everlong Sounds Like 12 Years Later.

From Despair Comes Beauty.

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