Did you know it’s a law in Canada that it’s illegal for any band to play a concert there without playing at least one Rush song? If that’s not true then it should be.
The Foo Fighters played a show in Edmonton on Wednesday night and about four or five songs into the set Dave Grohl started teasing the crowd that a cover of “Tom Sawyer” might be coming up. Brian Roberts had no idea he was just a couple of hours away from becoming a viral sensation.
According the CBC Brian works as a field service technician for a local construction company. By night, he enjoys playing the guitar and going out for the occasional karaoke session. His song of choice? You guessed it, “Tom Sawyer”.
“So it comes down to the end of the show, and … everyone started chanting out ‘Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer,'” Roberts said.
“They go ‘Who out in the audience knows the words to the song?’ Well, I’ve sung that song in karaoke so many frickin’ times that I just jumped up and said ‘I do, I do!'”
The next thing he knew, the main concert cameras were pointed at him and he got invited up on stage…and proceeded to rock his fucking socks off with the Foo Fighters.
The best part of the video is Dave Grohl’s reactions to Brian’s balls out performance. Especially since Grohl had taunted him as he climbed on stage by saying, “You’re trying to tell me that your big ass can sing those high notes? You can do it, right? … Don’t fuck it up.”
“It was a very epic experience,” he said. “I was nervous pretty much the whole time. ‘Don’t screw the song up, don’t screw the song up.'”
“I think I mixed some of the lyrics up there but I just about nailed ‘er bang on.”
Afterwards, Roberts was invited backstage for a beer with the band.
“It was just me, a couple guys, Dave Grohl and the rhythm guitarist in the room, chatting it up there for a good hour or so,” he said.
Since then Brian’s version of the song has been posted all over YouTube by a number of different fans who filmed the performance with their phones.
Here’s the performance from a little closer up.