Remember When: Dave Grohl raved about Sepultura’s ‘Roots’ on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’?

Posted by on October 11, 2016


It’s not that often when metal creeps its way into mainstream pop culture. So when metal/hard rock acts do actually pop up in beloved sitcoms, dramatic films, cartoons or even reality series, it’s kind of awesome. So in the weekly column Remember When, Metal Insider recalls the most random instances of metal’s elite appearing in front of the camera.

While Max and Iggor Cavalera are in the midst of celebrating Roots on the road, Korn’s Jonathan Davis recently made it known that he considers Sepultura’s classic 1996 album as “a blatant Korn rip-off.” One musician who would still likely defend Roots’ originality, though? Dave Grohl.

In fact, Grohl did just that over a year ago on The Late Late Show with James Corden. It occurred during a segment where the Foo Fighters frontman was drawing a naked man with host James Corden and fellow guests Rainn Wilson and Jordana Brewster… you know, typical late night TV hijinks… Anyways, the conversation turned to both Wilson’s high school cover band and Brewster’s Brazilian roots (we swear, no pun intended), when Grohl began discussing one of his favorite metal bands.

“You know what’s crazy? One of my favorite heavy metal bands of all time is from Brazil. This band called Sepultura,” shared Grohl to a surprised Brewster, followed by a few cheers from the audience (“Wow, some HUGE Sepultura fans here tonight,” Corden said after hearing said cheers). “I mean Sepultura, they’re amazing, but one of the crazy things they did, they made this album called Roots. Like, ROOOOTS! But they incorporated crazy Brazilian instrumentation into, like, the heaviest music you’ve ever heard in your life. It kind of, like, changed the game. It was the heaviest thing ever.”

Granted, Grohl has been very vocal about his love for Sepultura. Not only did he have Max appear on his Probot metal album, but also wrote the forward to Max’s autobiography, My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and Beyond. However, hearing him express his love for Roots on a national late night TV show (let alone while sitting next to the man responsible for the Carpool Karaoke videos, Dwight Schrute from The Office and an actress from the Fast and Furious film series, as he’s drawing a sketch of a naked guy) gives us yet another reason to love Grohl.

Relive Grohl discussing Sepultura’s Roots while on The Late Late Show with James Corden in the video below (starting around the 2:07 mark).

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