It appears we have Pantera to thank for Dave Grohl appearing on our TVs during the Super Bowl.

As previously reported, the Foo Fighters frontman starred in an ad for Crown Royal during Sunday’s big game. To celebrate his appearance, Grohl played a private, Crown Royal-sponsored acoustic concert over the weekend, during which he credited the “Walk” metallers for his love of the Canadian whisky brand.

“If you’re wondering why I’m here, I’ve had a long, fruitful relationship with Crown Royal,” Grohl told the crowd. “This goes back a long, long time. I’m talking late-’90s, maybe mid-’90s.”

“We hung out with the band called Pantera,” he continued. “If you’ve ever had a night with Pantera, you won’t remember it. But Pantera loved the Crown Royal. And they got us hooked on that Crown Royal.”

Soon enough, the Foos starting drinking Crown Royal onstage, so much so that some fans made a cape for the group out of the Crown’s signature purple bags. Grohl added that he even wore the cape while Foo Fighters were mixing their 2002 album, One by One.

“Prized possession,” Grohl said of the cape, which he may be ironing and wearing in the Super Bowl ad.

You can watch footage of Grohl’s comments on Pantera’s Facebook.

Perhaps Grohl will wear his Crown Royal cape to one of Pantera’s tour dates this year. The group reformed at the end of 2022 with longtime members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown alongside Black Label Society‘s Zakk Wylde and Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante in place of the late Abbott brothers, “Dimebag” Darrell and Vinnie Paul, respectively.

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