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Dave Grohl pays tribute to the late Steve Albini with a concert performance of the 1998 Foo Fighters classic My Hero

  • The 55-year-old rocker addressed the crowd at a Foo Fighters concert in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday before performing the 1998 classic
  • ‘Tonight I would like to dedicate this song to a friend we recently lost and whom I have known for a long time. And he left us way too soon,” Grohl said
  • Albini died of a heart attack in Chicago on May 7 at the age of 61



Dave Grohl paid tribute to the late Steve Albini with a performance of My Hero during a recent concert.

The 55-year-old rocker addressed the crowd at a Foo Fighters concert in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday before performing the 1998 classic.

‘Tonight I would like to dedicate this song to a friend we recently lost and whom I have known for a long time. And he left us way too soon,” Grohl said in a fan video on YouTube.

‘He touched your whole life, I’m sure. Speaking of Steve Albini. For those of you who know, you know. For those of you who don’t know, just remember that name: Steve Albini. So let’s sing this to him,” Grohl added.

Albini died of a heart attack in Chicago on May 7 at the age of 61.

Dave Grohl, who appeared in New York City in March, paid tribute to the late Steve Albini with a performance of My Hero during a recent concert

The Chicago-based sound engineer recorded Nirvana’s third and final album In Utero, which was released in 1993.

Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana, which also included bassist Krist Novoselic and late frontman Kurt Cobain.

Albini and Grohl reunited for the premiere episode of Grohl’s 2014 HBO mini-docuseries Sonic Highways. The Foo Fighters in the series recorded their song Something From Nothing at Albini’s Electric Audio Recordings studio in Chicago.

In Utero reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and UK Albums Chart.

Albini also worked as a sound engineer with the Pixies, the Breeders, PJ Harvey and other artists.

He also founded the punk band Big Black and formed the Chicago-based trio Shellac in 1992.

Shellac was about to release a new album and was preparing to tour at the time of Albini’s death.

Despite his success in the recording studio, Albini’s later career was also marked by his outspoken criticism of the music industry.

Steve Albini, who performed with Shellac in June 2022, died on May 7 at the age of 61
Grohl, who appeared in New Orleans last month, was Nirvana’s drummer when Albini recorded their third album In Utero
Albini is seen in his recording studio in Chicago in 2014

He took particular aim at predatory practices by music executives, arguing that young bands are often lured into exploitative deals early in their careers.

Albini was known for his preference for the term ‘music engineer’ over producer, and made his mark on iconic music of the grunge era – including the recording of Nirvana’s album ‘In Utero’.

Those who worked with him said he was not afraid to show his distaste for the music he produced, and he famously described the Pixies in 1988 as “four cows who prefer to be led around by their nose rings.”

Born in California, Albini grew up in Missoula, Montana with a “normal” childhood – which he said all changed when a friend introduced him to The Ramones as a teenager.

“It was the first time I felt like there was a part of the culture that represented the irreverence, weirdness and kind of mania that my friends and I exhibited,” he recalled to The Guardian.