Dave Grohl and the Sound City Players played a fast and furious rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Fortunate Son for the Jimmy Kimmel show. Check the video here. Makes me want to cover a CCR song at our next gig!
Dave Grohl is now a "Documentarian" as Stephen Colbert calls him. He also had some words of wisdom for us all when Colbert asked him how he ended up directing a movie:
"The way I look at it is...I never took lessons to learn how to play the drums. And I never took lessons to learn how to play guitar, I just sort of figured it out. And I think that if you're passionate about something and you're driven and focused, that you can pretty much do anything that you want to do in life."
"Nobody taught me how to yell at people," agreed Colbert.
I think Dave's got a second career as motivational speaker if he wanted it.
Foo Fighters start at the 7:06 mark, although it's not worth missing Jack Black's opening remarks cracking up David Letterman, who got the honor of sitting at the side of Jimmy Page.
I'm not sure what Michelle Obama is laughing at when Foo Fighters come out. Perhaps she just got done saying, "The band is called WHAT?! Ha ha ha ha!" Or else I like to think she is thinking, "That drummer looks just like Animal from the Muppets, ha ha ha ha!" Or perhaps Barack just said something hilarious.
But they do a great job reprising Rock 'n Roll like they did at their Wembly Stadium concert, with Dave Grohl on drums and Taylor Hawkins playing decent Robert Plant. Stephen Colbert was the first to give them the well deserved standing ovation. When did Foo Fighter become such a great band?
If you've got the 22 minutes, it's well worth watching the whole thing. Lenny Kravitz is a great entertainer singing Whole Lotta Love and Heart brings the house down with Stairway to Heaven, backed by a full gospel choir. It even brought tears to Robert Plant's eyes. Pure fun.
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!
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: