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Published on October 22nd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Just when you thought that Dave Grohl couldn’t get any nicer or sweeter, this happened.

The Foo Fighters have made a habit of pulling someone in the audience onstage to perform with the band. Last Thursday in St. Paul, Minnesota, something unexpected happened.

A kid in the audience caught Dave Grohl’s attention. The boy seemed strangely exhausted, so Dave signalled to the crew to bring the boy and his parents to the stage so they could watch from the wings.

Turns out that young Owen Anderson is blind, autistic, has Crohn’s disease and various developmental difficulties. One thing that makes him extremely happy is music and loves to go to concerts where he can dance. His parents take turns holding him up (he has a hard time standing on his own) just so he can move to the music.

As Owen and his parents stood side stage, Dave walked over to him and let him touch his guitar. You’ll see it at about 3:10 into this video.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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