Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's directorial debut, a feature-length documentary about the legendary Los Angeles recording studio Sound City, will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January. According to Grohl's publicist, Grohl and several other artists from the film, which is titled Sound City, will be in attendance at the event.
Grohl said, "As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America's greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!"
Grohl conceived the film after purchasing the now-closed studio's historic Neve 8028 recording console last year.
The analog console was built in 1972 and was used to record classic albums from Nirvana -- for which Grohl was the drummer at the time -- Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N' Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and many others.
The film features interviews with many of the artists and producers who worked at the studio, chronicles its history and that of the projects recorded there, and also showcases performances of new music created exclusively for the film.
Producer Butch Vig worked on the new sessions for the film and told us a while back that they feature brand new collaborations with many artists who recorded at Sound City: ["We've been doing these sessions that are collaborative with different musicians, like, you know, Rick Springfield came in and played with Dave and Josh (Homme) from Queens Of The Stone Age and Corey (Taylor) from Stone Sour and -- really interesting collaborations, and all the people also were interviewed. It's gonna be cool. I'm not sure how it's all gonna come together yet, but so far the process has been really, really fun."]
Grohl is also scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the South By Southwest music and film conference in Austin, Texas next March, where it is likely that Sound City will screen as well.
With Foo Fighters currently on hiatus, it was recently revealed that Grohl has recorded the drum parts for the upcoming new album from Queens Of The Stone Age, for whom he played drums on 2002's Songs For The Deaf.
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Here’s the Sound City trailer: