Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Nirvana, and Scream fame has posted some clips from his forthcoming documentary, Sound City. It’s his debut as a director and includes Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Butch Vig, Mick Fleetwood, Trent Reznor and more talking about the eponymous Van Nuys CA studio and its Neve 8028 recording console.
Grohl decided to make the film after purchasing the famous console after Sound City announced plans to close. It was originally built in 1972 and was used to record legendary albums from Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Cheap Trick, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, and Fear. Grohl himself recorded with Nirvana at the studio, and it was the site where the band put together the groundbreaking 1991 album, Nevermind.
What a great idea for a documentary. I have no idea if Dave Grohl is a decent filmmaker, but he’s in the club and that means guys like Trent Reznor and Tom Petty would be more likely to open up to him and share what Sound City meant to them.
I kind of wish Grohl was releasing this as a digital download, so I could just give him my $10 and watch this now. No release date yet, but filming just finished this week and Grohl promises to announce a release date soon.