Dave Grohl’s new project is starting to seem just as exciting as his album material. The Foo Fighters frontman just dropped the third trailer for his forthcoming documentary about legendary L.A. recording studio Sound City, and while it still doesn’t offer a release date for the movie, it’s packed with cameos from Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Mick Fleetwood, Butch Vig and more.
“Sound City, mannn,” Tom Petty coos about the legendary studio, which turns 40 this year and has been the birthplace of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors and Nirvana’s Nevermind, as well as the final three Kyuss albums and countless others. The space, owned by Rainy Day Records CEO Tom Skeeter and his family since the ’70s, went fully private in May 2011.
“When Sound City closed last year it was a very sad day,” Dave recently explained. “That place was like a church. The list of people that recorded there is like a virtual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We recorded Nevermind there back in 1991. That funky old place had the best drum room in the world. The drum sound at the beginning of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit?’ That’s Sound City. I decided to make a film about that feeling when you put five guys in a room, hit ‘record’ and the hair on the back of your neck stands up. Expect some epic jam sessions.”
Despite the one-minute run time, the new clip goes a long way towards attesting to some of the magic the room has been capable of. That has mostly to do with the studio’s massive and legendary Neve 8028 analog sound boards, which Grohl himself liked so much he actually bought it and installed it in his own garage studio.
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