Dave Grohl Takes Break From Fighting Foo To Surprise Serenade Nurse Recovering from COVID-19

On Monday night, Dave Grohl surprised a trauma nurse recovering from coronavirus with a solo rendition of “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters.

TJ Riley, who works as an emergency and trauma nurse at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, in New York City, contracted the virus on the job and is now home and recovering.

Jimmy Kimmel chose Riley for his #HealthCareHero segment this week. Kimmel chatted with Riley and thanked him for his hard work and efforts as a frontline healthcare worker during the pandemic.

“We looked into some of your likes, and I know you’re a music fan. I’d like to introduce you to somebody, TJ,” Kimmel told Riley, “His name is Dave.”

Riley was shocked by surprise guest Dave Grohl, frontman of rock band The Foo Fighters and former Nirvana drummer. Riley exclaimed he is a “huge, huge fan, huge fan…” of Dave’s.

“I feel like I’m having a coronavirus dream,” Riley said.

The #HealthCareHero was even more shocked when Dave picked up his guitar and began to perform “Everlong.”

Kimmel also gifted Riley $10,000, and sent gift packages from T-shirt brand Life is Good to every nurse in his department.

The Foo Fighters announced on April 27 that they have rescheduled their canceled European tour for 2021.

And if you need music now, Grohl recently shared his own self-isolation playlist including some by the Beatles, The Cars, and Alice Cooper.

Grohl says, “In order to get through this difficult period (and I truly believe that we will get through this, in time)… It is important to recognize the many stages of isolation and anxiety, and to pair them with appropriate musical accompaniment.”

Read about the playlist and listen here.

Susan LaMarca

Written by Susan LaMarca