Disaster-roommates Brant Webb and Todd Russell spent a week living on nothing but groundwater and a single muesli bar. When the rescue operation finally managed to locate them, they informed the pair that it'd take another week to dig them out safely. In the meantime, they started lowering down food, drink, and iPods to keep the trapped men entertained. But Webb had a further request: Load those bad boys to the brim with Foo Fighter tunes, as he was a massive Dave Grohl fan.
Over the next week, the duo whiled away the hours listening to Grohl growl away in the darkness, his rock 'n' roll distracting them from the fear of being crushed by rocks. When news of the request reached Grohl's ears, he immediately sent a fax wishing the men strength, offering them free tickets to his shows as well as an offer to share a beer whenever they got out. The pair were rescued after 15 grueling days, and when the Foo Fighters played Sidney later that year, Grohl stayed true to his word.
When the two met up in Sidney, Grohl and Webb got wasted together, as the frontman had already promised: "I'm not just having one beer with those dudes, we're going for it." But then Grohl made Webb's century with another promise: to honor the brave miners by writing a song about their ordeal. And that wasn't just drunk talk, either. "The Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners" appeared on the album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Having your favorite artist write a song just for you almost makes it worth being trapped in an underground hell closet for half a month. Did we say "almost"? We meant "not even in the slightest."