DAVE GROHL To Be Joined By 'Special Guests' For SOUND CITY PLAYERS Performance At SUNDANCE
- Jan. 3, 2013
Former NIRVANA drummer and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl will perform with a band called the SOUND CITY PLAYERS at the Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah to promote his directorial debut, "Sound City". According to The Salt Lake Tribune, "core musicians and special guests" featured in "Sound City" are expected to take part in the January 18 concert, although the group's exact lineup has not yet been revealed. Park City Live CEO Kathryn Burns stated: "The film … showcases the most talented group of musicians in the world and we are thrilled they chose to celebrate the documentary at Park City Live. The evening will be spectacular and we look forward to seeing who will join Dave Grohl and the SOUND CITY PLAYERS onstage."
"Sound City", about the legendary and now defunct recording studio in Van Nuys, California, was conceived by Grohl after he bought an equally famous Neve 8028 recording console from the studio. The console, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded classic albums by artists such as NIRVANA, Neil Young, FLEETWOOD MAC, Tom Petty, CHEAP TRICK, GUNS N' ROSES, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SLIPKNOT, NINE INCH NAILS, METALLICA and countless others over the past 40 years.
Producer Butch Vig, who worked on the movie's soundtrack with Grohl, told The Pulse Of Radio how the seed for the film was planted. "When Dave got the board and put it in his studio, he had the idea to interview people who had recorded there. And he got a roster list of all the bands that had recorded there over 20 years — it's huge. I mean, it's like, FLEETWOOD MAC and THE JACKSONS and Tom Petty and METALLICA... I mean, it's amazing. And so Dave started calling up people and saying, 'Hey, man, do you want to do the interview for this documentary?' And everybody said yes."
Grohl said in a statement about the project, "'Sound City' is a film about America's greatest unsung recording studio . . . it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history. It was home to a special few, intent on preserving an ideal. An analog church, a time capsule, the last bastion of a craft defied by technology. It was rock and roll hallowed ground."
Grohl interviewed dozens of artists and producers who worked at Sound City about their experiences there and some of the legendary albums that came out of the studio.
The film will also feature brand new performances by artists who recorded at Sound City, including collaborations between musicians like SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor and Rick Springfield.
The official trailer for "Sound City" can be seen below.
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