Dave Grohl really is one guy who simply cannot sit still. Be it touring with a broken leg, playing drums and touring with Them Crooked Vultures alongside Josh Homme and John Paul Jones, pulling together a wide array of musicians to celebrate the legacy of Sound City Studios, curating his own Californian music festival or just the tireless, massive world tours with Foo Fighters that see him running about the world’s biggest stadiums.
And this year is no different. As Foo Fighters wind down over a year of touring their massive ninth studio album Concrete And Gold, which included stops at London’s Olympic Stadium and New York’s Madison Square Garden, now 49-year-old Grohl has announced PLAY – a two part mini documentary featuring a 23-minure original composition which not only features Grohl on all seven instruments but sees him taking over directorial duties with some assistance from his Sound City/Sonic Highways collaborator Mark Monroe.
Catch the teaser video below:
“Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening… and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out. And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out… it’s not something that you ever truly master. You’re always chasing the next challenge, and you’re always trying to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned” says Grohl.
PLAY celebrates the rewards and challenges of dedicating ones life to playing and mastering a musical instrument. Part one opens with narrated behind the scenes footage featuring discussion of the love of playing music and the lifelong relationship with an instrument, and detailing the process and challenges of recording and filming this unique performance.
The film then segues to the titular 23-minute, one-man-band instrumental recording. Beginning with the recording of the entire drum track purely from memory, with no sheet music or guide tracks, followed by guitar, then bass, then keyboards, and so on… Grohl tasked himself with a one-man-band recording session that was forced to start from the very beginning of the 23-minute song any time the slightest mistake was made or if Grohl felt he could do a better take. Concrete And Gold engineer Darrell Thorp was on hand to capture the sounds.
PLAY is released on 10th August by Columbia on Digital Download and Streaming Platforms.