Seeing Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters play searing rock 'n' roll with onetime teen idol Rick Springfield wasn't exactly on my bucket list prior to Friday night's epic Sound City Players concert, but I will die a happier man now that I've witnessed such an unexpected — and unexpectedly thrilling — team up. more »
No live music was played, but the Saturday afternoon premiere of Dave Grohl's Sound City documentary — about the fabled-yet-scuzzy Van Nuys, CA recording studio of the same name where Nirvana, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Springfield, Rage Against the Machine and Fear recorded landmark albums — felt like an all-star rock concert. more »
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is heading to the Sundance Film Festival next month with his directorial debut Sound City and he's wasting no time getting the pic out there. The film's website is now taking pre-orders for the documentary that will be released via HD digital download and stream February 1st. It will also be released theatrically February 1.
Sound City is the brainchild of Grohl who conceived the story after purchasing a custom-built 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board was built in 1972 and considered to be a "crown jewel of analog recording equipment," having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Grohl's former band, Nirvana as well as Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and others.
Grohl's personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana's breakthrough album, "Nevermind". Selling over 30 million copies worldwide.
Grohl is getting personal with the feature, sending customers who pre-buy Sound City for $10 a letter, which follows:
Thanks for scraping up your hard earned dough and buying the movie direct from our site! We’re stoked! Hope you love it as much as we do….
Ummm………Holy shit! I made a movie!
I started this project a little over a year ago with ONE of my good old friends (Jim Rota from the band Fireball Ministry). That’s right….just me, my drinking buddy, and a crazy idea that we should tell the story of a studio we had loved hanging around for years, and our heartbreak to see it close. It soon blossomed into something truly epic! I don’t think either of us ever imagined our little project would become what it is now. Like all the best things in life, it just…….happened.
From day one, it was the most incredible experience of my life. I swear. Sitting down with Neil Young talking about recording guitars, John Fogerty telling me about the day he decided to become a musician, Stevie Nicks telling me the story of how she joined Fleetwood Mac, Trent Reznor schooling me on the world of computers and digital technology, etc etc etc…..can you imagine? All I had to do was listen…I am the luckiest man on earth.
And, being a completely independent film, no one told us how or what to do! Me and my crew of under 20 people did it OUR way. It was like a keg party with a camera. WE got to tell the story of a place we all held so dear. WE wanted to do it justice. And I think we did.
But, SOUND CITY is only part of the story…..
What is it that happens when 4 people turn on, plug in, and really play that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? What is it about those moments when you hear something and it immediately puts its hooks in you, and you feel…..understood? What is it that will inspire the next generation of kids wanna do what I did when I was a little punk growing up in Springfield, Virginia? That feeling like, “Wait……I can do this too…..
That’s what I’m talking about. That human connection. That human feel. That human sound…that isn’t perfect…but it’s sooooo good.
I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I hope you do too.
Psyched that you get to see it! Show it to your friends! Get together, start a band, sound like shit, and change the world. GO!
Thank you, thank you, thank you………Dave
WATCH: 'Sound City' Trailer Offers Glimpse Of Dave Grohl's Love Letter To Rock 'N' Roll's Pre-Digital Era
Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl will make his directorial debut — and a smart tax write-off — at the Sundance Film Festival with the premiere of Sound City, a documentary about the legendary Van Nuys, California recording studio where Nirvana's Nevermind, Neil Young's After The Gold Rush and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours were recorded among many influential classics. more »
It wasn't exactly what anyone would call a best-kept secret, but nevertheless, the rumors of Dave Grohl's directing debut are officially confirmed: The Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters frontman has been hard at work on Sound City, a documentary chronicling the life, times and exploits of the eponymous San Fernando Valley studio where scores of classic albums by the likes of Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Guns and Roses, Metallica and Nirvana itself have been recorded over the past 40 years. Read on for Grohl's handwritten description of the project, a short video teaser and more details via Grohl's Roswell Films outlet.