Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wants to do a lot more shows with his Sound City Players, the all-star band made up of musicians who appear in his new Sound City documentary. The Players made their debut on January 18th at the Sundance Film Festival, where the movie premiered, and will also perform on the 31st to celebrate its Los Angeles opening. Grohl told Billboard that they won't stop there, explaining, "We plan to do shows all over the world. When I came up with the idea of taking all these performers to the live stage a few months ago, my idea (was) to have video presentations between each performance. We'll have that at the next shows."
- So far, the live lineup of the Players has included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Rick Springfield and members of Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age and more.
- The film, which Grohl directed, tells the story of the famous and now defunct Los Angeles recording studio where many of the musicians made some of their greatest albums.
- Grohl purchased the studio's Neve recording board and initially set out to make a short film. But the project soon expanded, with Grohl saying, "I got the shortlist of everyone who made an album there and it's not a short list. I called out to as many people as I could, thinking maybe some of them would want to talk, and all of them wanted to talk."
- Sound City will be available in theaters, on VOD and on DVD starting February 1st, with a soundtrack album due out March 12th. Two of the collaborations from that disc, Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana doing a song called "Cut Me Some Slack," and Grohl and Taylor performing a track titled "From Can To Can't," have already been released.
SIDE NOTES: In addition to making Sound City, assembling the Sound City Players and contributing drum tracks to the new Queens Of The Stone Age album, Dave Grohl has somehow found time to also play with a new band called RDGLDGRN. He recorded drum tracks for the band's yet-to-be-titled debut album after a chance meeting with the group at the Sound City facility, and has hinted that he may even play live with them later in the year. (NME)
INTERNET COMMENTS at NME.com -- agree or not?
Oliver Tanner wrote: "Are there any bands left that Dave hasn't played for/collaborated with?"
Denis Blairon wrote: "Those vowel-less bands are really getting annoying.
Damie Towner wrote: "That's all very nice Dave. but when are we going to get a new Probot album?"
Thomas Senff wrote: "A very busy man, isn't he? I'm looking forward to it, Mr. Grohl."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the Sound City Players perform Cheap Trick's "Surrender" at Sundance:
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