Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

November 19, 1994

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers play “You Don’t Know How It Feels” on Saturday Night Live with Dave Grohl playing drums.

Not long after the death of Kurt Cobain, while Nirvana’s drummer Dave Grohl was still wondering what on earth to do next – looking for ways to deal with the loss of his friend and ways to continue his own life as a musician – Grohl’s managment got a call from Tom Petty’s people. Petty’s band The Heartbreakers were due to perform on Saturday Night Live, and their drummer had left. Would Grohl like to sit in?

Petty’s laid back style seemed a million miles from the fury of grunge. “I thought why me?” Grohl recalls. “Then, oh, i get it, he saw Nirvana Unplugged and he thinks I play drums like that.” Grohl agreed and started rehearsing. “Having gone through a long period of time thinking, I dont know if I can ever be in a band again, here I am with these guys and within two days I feel like I’m a member of the group. It was great.” says Grohl.

After the show, Petty asked Grohl if he’d like to join the band permanently. Grohl remembers thinking, “I’m just a kid from Springfield, Virginia and Tom Petty wants me?”

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