Dave Grohl joined by Steve Nicks on Late Night to promote captivating documentary on one of rock’s most unsung but influential studios
By Alex Baker
As if Dave Grohl doesn’t already have an impressive enough resume? Now the former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman has branched out into film directing and his debut is a captivating documentary on Sound City, an influential but now-defunct recording studio in Van Nuys, CA.
Over the decades Sound City served as practically rock music’s base of operations in L.A. With its unlikely location, deep in the valley, nestled amongst dilapidated warehouses, Sound City was sometimes known as “rock and roll’s best kept secret.” The studio’s unique console and impeccable acoustics drew many of rock’s greatest band’s to record there; including everyone from Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Metallica, Neil Young, and Cheap Trick to the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and the Queens of the Stone Age Elton.
Housed in a former Vox amplifiers showroom, the studio was active from 1970 until 2011 when it was closed for commercial use.
Grohl’s film about the studio was a smash hit at Sundance this year and is currently being held over in theaters across the country.
In support of the film, Grohl has assembled a formidable band of studio veterans that includes Rick Springfield, Johm Fogerty, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Known as the Sound City Players. Grohl and company were joined by Stevie Nicks on The Late Show with David Letterman this week. Check it out above and visit the Sound City Movie website to watch the trailer, find out if it’s playing at a theater near you, or stream it online.