Dave Grohl and members of the Sound City Players performed on Late Show With David Letterman last week after the ensemble played in New York City. Joining Grohl on the program was Stevie Nicks, who sang the song "You Can't Fix This" from Grohl's new documentary Sound City. Grohl also spoke with Letterman about the film, which tells the story of the famed Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California where Nirvana's Nevermind and many other rock classics were recorded. He recalled, "We walked in, and it was a dump . . . a terrible place. But if you put the drums in this spot in the big room and hit 'record,' it sounded like 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.'"
Grohl directed the film and interviewed dozens of musicians who recorded at Sound City, including Nicks, Neil Young, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor and many more. We asked him if any artists actually turned him down: "Pat Benatar. I would have loved to have Pat Benatar. There's not enough women in the movie. There should have been more women in the flick, and she's such a powerful vocalist, but also like a, such a commanding, entertaining figure, and I don't know, didn't want to do it. Her husband Neil Giraldo came in and talked -- he plays guitar with her and always has -- but I don't know, I was bummed."
- Grohl and the Sound City Players will next perform in London on Tuesday (February 19th).
- If the London show is anything like the gigs at the Sundance Festival, where the film premiered, and in Los Angeles and New York, it will be well over three hours long and feature classic material from Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cheap Trick and other acts that recorded at Sound City.
- The live lineup of the Players has included Nicks, Springfield, John Fogerty, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, and members of Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age and more.
- Sound City is available in theaters, on VOD and on DVD, with a soundtrack album due out March 12th.
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