Dave Grohl has always been something of a Renaissance man: He played all the instruments on Foo Fighters’ debut album, is chatty enough to host his own talk show, has acted with Muppets, and gets involved politically. And now, his feature directorial debut is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Sound City, a passion project for Grohl, is a documentary about the notorious Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. Known for its dumpy exterior and legendary sound board, Sound City was the lab in which dozens of massive albums were concocted, including Nirvana’s Nevermind, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes, Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut, and Cheap Trick’s Heaven Tonight.
Though the studio closed in 2011, Grohl purchased the board and moved it into his own studio. To commemorate the amazing albums that came out of Sound City, he got together some of the big-name performers who played there—including Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, and Lars Ulrich—to discuss the studio’s legacy.
Check out the trailer for Sound City below.
Grohl is currently on a break from Foo Fighters, but just announced that in addition to premiering his film, he’ll also take his
place on the drum stool behind Queens of the Stone Age for their upcoming album. Grohl last played with Queens on their breakthrough 2002 album Songs for the Deaf, though he more recently collaborated with frontman Josh Homme in the power trio Them Crooked Vultures.
He’ll also be hosting a satellite radio show on SiriusXM and will be appearing at next week’s Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. Clearly, there is no rest for the rocking.
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