By: Catherine Mitchell
Dave Grohl took his documentary Sound City across the pond earlier this week when the film premiered at the Vue cinema in Leicester Square, Britain, on Feb. 18.
The documentary, two years in the making, features artists such as Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, Tom Petty, former Nirvana members Krist Novselic and Pat Smear, and other musicians who recorded at the Van Nuys studio in California through the decades.
According to NME Grohl said, "We started this project almost two years ago. Originally it was just gonna be, like a 15-minute short film or YouTube clip, to pay tribute to this awesome recording desk that I bought that Nirvana made 'Nevermind' on. I figured well, we’ll just tell the story about this really great board. And then it blew up into a film, a movie, where I got to sit down and talk to all of my heroes about music."
He also added, "It's more than just a retrospective documentary about the studio, it’s really a discussion about the human element of music and what it means to play music, to have human beings play music with other human beings and how important it is and how you can find really magic moments in that."
In addition to premiering the documentary, Grohl performed with his Sound City Players the following evening, comprised of members of the Foo Fighters, Rick Springfield, guitarist Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, vocalist Lee Ving of Fear, singer and producer Chris Goss and Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age.
Playing a two-and-a-half hour set, British fans won’t soon forget the day that the Sound City Players came to the U.K.
The Players rocked a show in New York City earlier this month and are also expected to make an appearance at SXSW in March. Most recently, Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks and several others took the stage on "Late Night with David Letterman" to perform a song from the film's upcoming soundtrack, Sound City: Reel to Real.
Watch that performance below, and head to NME.com for more on this story!