Dave Grohl: If it weren't for The Beatles, I wouldn't be a musician

"The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time," writes Dave Grohl. © Fred Ward/Corbis

A new Beatles compilation, Tomorrow Never Knows, has been released exclusively on iTunes today (24 July). Contains 14 of the Fab Four's "most powerful rock songs," from Paperback Writer and Helter Skelter to Back In The USSR and It's All Too Much, the set is accompanied by a promo film for the track Hey Bulldog that can be streamed for free or downloaded.

Hey Bulldog, which originally appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Yellow Submarine, looms large for Dave Grohl - and as it turns out, for his six-year-old daughter, Violet. For the release of the iTunes set, the Foo Fighters frontman has penned a note explaining the impact The Beatles have had on him - and his little girl.

You can read Grohl's note below:

"If it weren't for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It's as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as 'Rock and Roll.'

"Recently I showed my 6-year-old daughter, Violet, the brilliant Yellow Submarine movie. It was her introduction to The Beatles, and she instantly shared the same fascination I felt when I was her age discovering The Beatles for the first time. She wanted to know their names, which instruments they played, who sang what song, etc etc etc....it made me so incredibly happy (and proud!). Within days she knew the verses and choruses to every song on the album. But, there was one song that stood out for her....

'"Hey Bulldog" is not one of The Beatles' greatest hits. It's what most people would consider a 'deep cut.' But it is a quintessential Beatles rocker. The rolling bass line, the trademark Ringo drum fills, the gritty distorted guitar, and that sound that only the back of Lennon's throat could produce. It stomps. It grooves. It makes your head bob. It makes your hips shake. When Lennon sings, 'If you're lonely you can talk to me!' it soothes your heart, like you've finally found something to believe in. It's so raw and real. It is 100% timeless Rock and Roll...

"From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.

Just ask Violet."

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.