Dave Grohl helped feed 500 people when he stopped by a Los Angeles homeless shelter.
The Foo Fighters frontman reportedly spent 16 hours at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission last week, rocking up at around midnight on Wednesday (February 22) with an overnight bag and an enormous meat smoker in tow.
Per TMZ, Grohl helped to rustle up ribs, pork, brisket, cabbage, coleslaw and beans, handling the expenses himself. 14 hours were spent cooking, with the meat left to rest for a further two. Photos obtained by the site showed the rocker taking a hands-on role in all aspects of the preparation; he reportedly slept in the parking lot whilst the meat was being smoked.
The shelter’s CEO, Rowan Vansleve, meanwhile, took to Instagram to share a clip of himself and Grohl, who claimed to be “all in” on his work for the Mission. “What’s up, you guys?” he said as he congratulated volunteers for the charity on a 350-mile run they were completing for the charity. “Fifteen miles today, congratulations, tomorrow’s another beautiful day, keep it up. We’re out here all night cooking, so come back soon so we can feed you.” The Mission works to end homelessness between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Grohl’s visit came just days before his adopted hometown was battered by freak storms that left the Hollywood Hills covered in snow earlier this week. Meanwhile, Foo Fighters announced details yesterday (February 28) of their first headlining concerts since the death last March of drummer Taylor Hawkins. In additional to a slew of previously announced festival appearances in the US, Germany, Japan and Brazil, the band will play three standalone gigs in their homeland in May and June, in New Hampshire, Arkansas and Alabama.
They had previously confirmed their intention to continue without Hawkins in a statement issued on New Year’s Eve 2022. “Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were – and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward,” they said. “We know that when we see you again – and we will soon – he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night.”