Dave Grohl Rocks the White House, Plays Band on the Run

Ran­dom thoughts: Has the White House (save last sum­mer’s earth­quake) ever been rocked this hard? And has a rock ‘n roll crowd ever been this restrained? Let’s face it, the rebel­lious­ness of rock and the for­mal­i­ty of high gov­ern­ment make for a fun­ny fit. But that does­n’t take any­thing away from Grohl’s lit­tle gig, and don’t miss my favorite per­for­mance from that night: Elvis Costel­lo singing Pen­ny Lane with a mem­ber of the Unit­ed States Marine band on the pic­co­lo trum­pet.

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The Bea­t­les as Teens (1957)

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