Dave Grohl unveiled his Sound City documentary in London last night (February 19).
The film, which features the likes of Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, ex-Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear and Josh Homme, amongst others, centres around the legendary recording studio in recording studios in Van Nuys, California, where classic albums such as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ were recorded. When the studio closed down two years ago, Grohl bought its recording desk and decided to make a film about it.
Speaking to fans at the Vue cinema in Leicester Square last night, Grohl said: “We started this project almost two years ago. Originally it was just gonna be, like a 15-minute short film or YouTube clip, to pay tribute to this awesome recording desk that I bought that Nirvana made ‘Nevermind’ on. I figured well, we’ll just tell the story about this really great board. And then it blew up into a film, a movie, where I got to sit down and talk to all of my heroes about music.”
He added: “It’s more than just a retrospective documentary about the studio, it’s really a discussion about the human element of music and what it means to play music, to have human beings play music with other human beings and how important it is and how you can find really magic moments in that.”
He continued: “We didn’t go to like a big Hollywood movie studio, we did it all ourselves, we actually intentionally kept all the Hollywood people out though because we wanted to tell the story the way we thought it should be told as musicians, who understand this. But the intention of this film is really to inspire the next generation of musicians to fall in love with music as much as we did.”
Grohl’s stint in London will continue tonight (February 19), where he will play a gig at London’s Forum with a selection of his Sound City Players band – a crew of musicians who feature on the Sound City soundtrack. It is not yet known who exactly will join him on stage but previous performers have included Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Fear’s Lee Ving, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Brad Wilk Of Rage Against The Machine, Alain Johannes, Chris Goss and more.