“Breathe out so I can breath you in”……”Everlong” by the Foo Fighters is an all-time Top 10 song in my life. The original rock version is flawless, the acoustic arrangement is mind-blowing, and now on Saturday Night Live they reinvented it and kicked it up another notch with a creative Christmas medley. When David Letterman came back from heart surgery, he begged the Foo Fighters to perform at his first show back. He described them as “my favorite band playing my favorite song”. The passionate romantic love song was inspired by hard times in Dave Grohl’s personal life and he actually wrote right after his divorce. “Everlong” captures those early moments of a blossoming romance, shyness, excitement, wanting those moments to last forever even though it’s not possible. Grohl described the song as “being connected to someone so much that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly.”
If you’ve seen the Foo Fighters in concert, “Everlong” is a crowd favorite sing-along rocker usually saved for the encore. But sometimes the band will perform “Everlong” as an acoustic number and it adds an emotional punch that transforms the song to a spine-tingling deeper level. Both versions are incredible but watching Dave standing in a spotlight with just an acoustic guitar in front of a sold out Wembley Stadium is mesmerizing.
On December 16th, 2017, the Foo Fighters reinvented “Everlong” as a Christmas medley during their performance on Saturday Night Live. For their second performance of the night, (“The Sky Is A Neighborhood” was first) the band came out in ugly Christmas sweaters and ripped into their timeless classic with a stripped version of “Everlong”. Midway through the song, Christmas bells started ringing as the tempo switched to the U2 holiday favorite, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” sung by the FF’s female backup singers. As the song reached it’s epic conclusion, snippets of the Charlie Brown Christmas classic, “Linus and Lucy” finished the medley. If only Snoopy was available to dance on stage!