Thursday, August 31, 2006
Get away now .... for a beer
Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl has said he will go drinking with two miners who listened to his band while they were trapped underground for two weeks.
The men were stuck in a Tasmanian mine when it collapsed in May, and passed the time listening to the Foo Fighters on MP3 players handed to them.
Grohl said he would meet the two when the band tour Australia in November.
"I'm not just having one beer with those dudes - we're going for it," he told the country's ABC radio.
"This is going to be a big night."
The miners, Brant Webb, 37, and Todd Russell, 34, were working in at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine when an earthquake triggered a rock fall, trapping them almost a kilometre below the surface.
As rescuers dug an escape tunnel for them, the pair were handed the MP3 players to keep their spirits up.
Mr Webb requested that Foo Fighters music be put on the player - and when Grohl heard about this, he sent the miners a message of support, along with a promise fly them over to the US for drinks.
Although this has not happened, the chance of them meeting increased when the group announced their tour would include Australia.
Both Mr Webb and Mr Russell became celebrities in Australia after their escape.
Their manager Sean Anderson said he was certain they would be happy to take Grohl up on his offer.
"I'm sure they will be very keen to meet him," Anderson said.
"Brant's the big fan [of Grohl], whereas Todd's more into his country and western stuff."