Just hours after the "Sound City" documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl grabbed 800 fans and played a three-hour show that paid tribute to the recording studio the documentary is about.
The Sound City Players used the Foo Fighters in various configurations and created a few supergroups to explore the music of Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Queens of the Stone Age, Fear and Rick Springfield.
The first supergroup featured Chris Goss (Masters of Reality) on guitar and vocals, Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Grohl on bass; Slipknot's Corey Taylor fronted the second one with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Grohl moving between guitar and drums. Queens of the Stone Age's Alain Johannes, the first guest of the night, was in and out of both bands.
John Fogerty performed hits of Creedence Clearwater Revival like "Born on the Bayou" and "Keep on Chooglin'", with the Foo Fighters sounding like CCR.
After Rick Springfield, Grohl brought out Stevie Nicks, who led the band through "Dreams" and "Gold Dust Woman." Her set opened with "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," which let the Foos take on the role of Heartbreakers. There was also "Landslide," which Nicks sang with Grohl on a 12-string guitar.
The Sound City Players have one other gig booked on January31st at the Hollywood Palladium. It's the same night as the theatrical premiere of "Sound City," which will play for a week in eight cities and have one-night showings around the country. It will be available digitally on February 1sth.
The soundtrack, "Sound City - Real to Reel," drops on March 15th. The 11 tracks were all recorded at Grohl's studio with the Sound City board and features new work from Paul McCartney and Trent Reznor along with musicians in the Sound City Players.