During a recent interview on Radio Forrest, Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders lead vocalist, Ricky Warwick, talked about his collaboration with Foo Fighters’ founder Dave Grohl and revealed whether he always rehearses before performing in front of an audience.
The Northern Irish musician and songwriter Ricky Warwick is known for his successful career as the frontman of Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy. He achieved mainstream success in the ’90s as the frontman for the Scottish hard rock band The Almighty and he has also released several solo albums.
As he has been in the rock scene since the late ’80s, he has had the chance to collaborate with famous rockstars such as Dave Grohl. Although Dave Grohl reached worldwide fame with his career in Nirvana, which he joined in 1990, his popularity increased even more after he founded Foo Fighters in 1994.
In 2019 Ricky Warwick came together with Dave Grohl at the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Foundation. Warwick said that their performance together was not planned at all and they just decided to go for it when Grohl approached Warwick and asked him whether he wants to ‘get up and play.’
Warwick went on to say that they hadn’t rehearsed at all but the reason why that performance was so great was because Dave Grohl ‘has never forgotten the punk–rock thing that he had back up in there.’ He praised Grohl for his humbleness and the fact that although he’s one of the most famous rockstars of all time, he’s still a ‘get in the van guy.’
Warwick went on to say that he didn’t demand anything and just went straight to the drum kit to do his part. He didn’t even move one stand or one drum on the drum kit and just ‘played like his life depended upon it.’ Warwick said that it felt amazing to share the stage with such a great musician who has achieved so many but has remained so humble.
Here’s what Ricky Warwick said in his recent interview when asked about the time he shared the stage with Dave Grohl:
“The Dave Grohl thing was at the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Foundation. I’ve met Dave a couple of times, but we vaguely knew each other, he just turned up that day and he was like, ‘Hey, you want to get up and play?’ ‘OK.’
We hadn’t rehearsed – we didn‘t do any rehearsal at all, we just got together at the side of the stage. He’s never forgotten the punk-rock thing that he had back up in there, he’s still a ‘get in the van‘ guy.
He didn’t demand anything. We just shared a drum kit with so many artists playing that day, and he didn’t move one stand or one drum on that drum kit. He got up and played like his life depended upon it, and that’s the mark of the guy, and it was incredible being on stage with who was behind that drum kit, it was something else.”