He even takes a guitar solo as Keith Richards smiles on...
As I mentioned before, Dave Grohl was selected to give the Keynote Address at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year. If you're interested, but can't make this event like I can't, you can still hear it live since NPR will be broadcasting it live, streaming over the interwebs. It's next Thursday at noon (EST).
You can attend this event live at the following URL: http://www.npr.org/event/music/173331505/dave-grohls-sxsw-2013-keynote-speech
Thank you NPR!
Dave Grohl and NPR put up the Sound City: Real to Reel soundtrack album on the NPR website for a week before it's official release. You can listen the the
whole thing or each track individually.
Here's the link:
There's more news in the Dave Grohl camp as well, like the fact the Foo Fighters are recording their next album (so much for the band breaking up). So we've got that to look forward to. I wonder who will release an album first now: Foo Fighters or Pearl Jam? My bet's on the Foo's since they kicked my butt so badly the last time.
While I was on vacation, Dave has been in a frenzy of activity. He debuted his directorial debut Sound City at Sundance where he did interviews and performed a show with the Sound City Players. In one interview he revealed that he has 50 new Foo Fighters songs on his iPhone that they can't wait to record. Someone steal that for me okay?
It was also announced that he and Taylor Hawkins will be inducting Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
He recorded drums for an ABBA cover with doom metal band Ghost.
The video he directed for Soundgarden debuted:
He hosted the Chelsea Lately show all this week while she was on vacation. Here's a fun interview with Elton John where they talk about Elton recording piano on the latest Queens Of The Stone Age album with Dave on drums:
And this song came out that Dave played drums on:
Dave Grohl direct movie.
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Dave Grohl record drums.
Dave Grohl play with Paul McCartney.
Dave Grohl play with Paul McCartney again.
Dave Grohl deny rumor.
Dave Grohl plan new album.
Dave Grohl direct Soundgarden.
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One of my top five favorite bands of all time is getting back together, Rocket From The Crypt. Recording a new album and going out on tour next year. And who is producing their new album? Dave Grohl. I didn't know he even knew who they were. Oh well, should be awesomest album ever. Ha, that's not even a word. Let's watch a video.
Okay, before we watch this video, I have a somewhat personal connection to it. This is a video of Rocket From The Crypt from their performance on the Craig Kilborn Show (remember that?). Well, I know someone who used to work at the CBS studios where that show was taped and so I got to see the set and walk around in it. It was after hours and no one was around. It was pretty cool, even though most of the lights were off. I even got to sit in Craig Kilborn's leather chair.
Then I farted in it.
Enjoy the video!
For those of us interested in what's going to be on the Sound City soundtrack, the track listing was announced on iTunes. Here 'tis:
01. Dave Grohl, Peter Hayes, and Robert Levon Been – “Heaven and All”
02. Brad Wilk, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Tim Commerford – “Time Slowing Down”
03. Dave Grohl, Rami Jaffee, Stevie Nicks, and Taylor Hawkins – “You Can’t Fix This”
04. Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Rick Springfield, and Taylor Hawkins – “The Man That Never Was”
04. Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, and Taylor Hawkins – “Your Wife Is Calling”
06. Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen, and Scott Reeder – “From Can to Can’t”
07. Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Joshua Homme – “Centipede”
08. Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Joshua Homme – “A Trick With No Sleeve”
09. Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear – “Cut Me Some Slack”
10. Dave Grohl, Jessy Greene, Jim Keltner, and Rami Jaffee – “Once Upon a Time… The End”
11. Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme, and Trent Reznor – “Mantra”
So I don't have much time to write much, so I'll just let the videos do the talking. Above is the full song "Cut Me Some Slack", which the guys wrote and recorded in one day about six months ago according to Grohl (see video below). This song will be on the upcoming soundtrack to the documentary about Sound City called, Sound City - Real to Reel. Track listing and soundtrack release date is yet to be made public. But you know you'll hear about here first. Or second.
So Foo Fighters sent me an email today with the link to the Sound City Official Trailer, so click on it already if you haven't yet. There's been some teaser clips and things, but now there's a trailer that shows a little bit of what the story might be. Gotta love it. All good movies have a story line (whether they are documentaries or not I guess - I kinda thought it would just be a bunch of interviews and such - and when I read the billing block, it said, "story by Dave Grohl" and I realized there was a story).
From the email, it looks like it's coming out in February. But it's going to premiere first at Sundance 2013 (Jan 17 - 27). Anyone want to go? Anyone want to pay for my flight out there? Too bad, I already have plans.
From the Sundance Festival website, here's the movie description:
Sound City / U.S.A. (Director: Dave Grohl) — Through interviews and performances with the legendary musicians and producers who worked at America's greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City, we explore the human element of music, and the lost art of analog recording in an increasingly digital world.
Here's the link to see what else is premiering there: