Dave Grohl loves The Beatles.
The Foo Fighters frontman -- and former Nirvana drummer -- hasn't tried to hide his adoration for the Fab Four. Not only has Grohl publicly shared his appreciation for the iconic band -- and his personal favorite Ringo Starr -- but he also recently opened up about The Beatles' influence on Kurt Cobain. "Kurt loved The Beatles because it was just so simple," he said.
Now, the outspoken musician has penned a note for The Beatles' latest compilation, Tomorrow Never Knows, an exclusive release on iTunes. In it, he writes about the impact that the Beatles have had on him throughout his life.
"If it weren't for The Beatles, I would not be a musician," Grohl wrote. "From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything."
Meanwhile, Grohl's daughter Violet has a newfound appreciation for the iconic Liverpool rockers and is particularly taken with the "100% timeless Rock and Roll" of "Hey Bulldog."
"Recently I showed my 6-year-old daughter, Violet, the brilliant 'Yellow Submarine' movie," he wrote. "It was her introduction to The Beatles, and she instantly shared the same fascination I felt when I was her age discovering The Beatles for the first time."
Grohl concludes his letter by stating, "From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time. Just ask Violet."
The frontman has publicly defended "timeless" rock 'n' roll from the onslaught of electronic dance music hitting Top 40 radio in recent years.
This past February, Foo Fighters took home five Grammys, including ones for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. During his acceptance speech for Best Rock Performance, Grohl shared some words that were critical of rock music's biggest threat: computer-generated music.
"To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what's important," he said. "Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do... It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."
The rocker stated something similar when the band took home the award for Best Rock Video at the VMAs in 2011. "I just want to say: Never lose faith in real rock and roll music, you know what I mean? Never lose faith in that," Grohl said. "You might have to look a little harder, but it's always going to be there."
His words should come as no surprise for music enthusiasts, considering rock's obituary has been written numerous times in the past few years. In Britain, arguably the birthplace of modern rock, pop albums outsold rock albums for the first time in seven years in 2011.
However, thanks to rock savvy kids like Violet, the Beatles legacy has continued to thrive over the last five decades. Even though John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr split in 1970, the Beatles still managed to have the highest-selling album of the past decade.
Earlier this month, Starr told CNN that he is proud that The Beatles' music is still popular with young people. "The music we made is still important," he said. "The kids are still learning about our music all these years later. We left a great legacy. Every generation listens to The Beatles. We’re still outselling most acts!"
We're sure Grohl -- and Violet -- would agree.
Join the conversation: What classic bands and/or albums do want to share with your kids? Let us know in the comments.
The big-screen debut of Macca features Paul and his three bandmates (and his "grandfather") running around London, being chased by hordes of fans, as they attempt to film a performance for a television show. The movie was a parody on the Beatles staggering popularity.
The second comedy flick from the Fab Four follows the Beatles as they attempt to rescue Ringo from a cult who've chosen him as a sacrificial victim.
The last live performance by the Beatles (and arguably the greatest concert in music history), was recorded for the documentary, "Let It Be." Despite the band bickering and fighting on screen, the four still manage to pull off an entertaining, unannounced show on the top of the Apple records building in London, stopping traffic on the street below and prompting a shutdown by local police.
The film, named after the Beatles 1967 album, featured the Bee Gees' Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, along with Peter Frampton (Billy Shears), as the reformed Sgt. Pepper's band. The movie included covers of Beatles songs by other bands and celebrities (including this wacky version of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by comedian Steve Martin.)
The 1974 James Bond movie starring Roger Moore featured a theme song composed by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Macca's band Wings. The track is still one of the most popular themes in the 007 canon.
Similar to "A Hard Day's Night," this day-in-the-life musical starred Paul and Linda McCartney and Ringo Starr, as themselves. The plot revolves around Paul attempting to locate the masters to his new album, which have been stolen by an employee.
Wes Anderson's movies are no stranger to classic rock-heavy soundtracks. In his 2001 film, "The Royal Tenenbaums," Wes had the Mutato Muzika Orchestra cover the Beatles' "Hey Jude," (a song credited to Lennon-McCartney, but mainly written by Sir Paul, himself).
Though McCartney and the Beatles did not provide voice work to the characters (well, other than the songs), the film was eventually endorsed by the group, after having reservations due to the negative reception of their last project, the TV special "Magical Mystery Tour." Here, the song "All Together Now," written primarily by McCartney, plays to great effect as the crew begins turning the ship on.
Speaking of the "Magical Mystery Tour" movie, which debuted on BBC1 in 1967, it ended up being a critical disaster for the band. But, oh well, at least it gave us McCartney singing "A Fool on the Hill"...on a hill!
Though it got mixed reviews from critics, "Across the Universe" still attempts to pay tribute to the Beatles in a new and unique way. Julie Taymor's visually stunning musical is just one of the dozens of movies to reimagine the Beatles music. This scene features the McCartney-penned "I've Just Seen a Face," covered by actor Jim Sturgess