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Foo Fighters' singer gets revenge for 9th grade battle of the bands defeat

Published: Oct. 8, 2015 at 11:56 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 at 9:43 AM CDT
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Grohl and Lott shake hands (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Grohl and Lott shake hands (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS (RNN / WMC) - A surprise guest singer hit the stage with the Foo Fighters at FedExForum in Downtown Memphis on Wednesday night.

It wasn't an aging rock star, one of the many artists who collaborated with them on their new album, or even a familiar face from lead singer Dave Grohl's grunge or punk days. It was the man who beat him in his high school's battle of the bands when Grohl was in 9th grade. But the surprise singer, who filled in on cover of David Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure," does have a familiar name.

It started decades ago on a little stage in suburban Washington D.C.'s Thomas Jefferson High School, and ended Wednesday night on the big stage of the Foo Fighter's "Sonic Highway" tour.

The epic moment happened just steps away from world famous Beale Street, in the birthplace of rock n' roll. Towards the end of the erratic, funny, fun, manic and downright awesome hours-long Foo Fighters set, Grohl announced the special guest. He said it was time to get his revenge for that lost band battle of years ago.

Grohl had the lighting crew put a spotlight on Chet Lott, originally from Pascagoula, MS.

Lott jogged up to the stage, gave Grohl a hug, and was handed a mic. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is a famous Queen fan. He and bassist Nate Mendel launched into the familiar beat of "Under Pressure". Lott and Hawkins bounced back and forth between the vocals originally performed by David Bowie and Freddie Mercury.

Lott's parting words to his old high school musical nemesis?

"I may have won the battle, but you won the war."

If Chet Lott's name sounds a little familiar, it should; especially when you remember his hometown is Pascagoula, MS. His full name is Chester Trent Lott, Jr. He's the son of former Senate Majority leader Chester "Trent" Lott.

Lott Jr. now lives in Lexington, KY, and thanks to Dave Grohl, he got to live his dream of being a massive rock star for one night on a stage in Memphis, Tennessee

Lott still plays music; he uses his talents to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. Click here for more about his music.

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