'Sound City' preems in L.A.
By the standards of most film premiere afterparties, Thursday night’s bash for the L.A. bow of Dave Grohl’s “Sound City,” about the legendary Van Nuys studio, was a total wash. There was no finger food, no themed cocktails and scarcely a moment for schmoozing with the talent. All organizers could offer was a blistering 3 1/2 hour all-star jam session at the nearby Hollywood Palladium.
A screening of the Variance doc at the Cinerama Dome attracted Rick Springfield, Butch Vig, Kevin Cronin and Nikki Sixx, but it was afterward that all stops were pulled. Tearing through a 38-song setlist, Grohl cycled between drums, guitar and bass, joined by a rotating configuration that included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Nielsen, Chris Goss, Lee Ving, Corey Taylor, the Foo Fighters, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Grohl’s ex-Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic. Fogerty drew gasps with his spotlight solo on “Keep on Chooglin’,” and Nicks brought the emotion, crooning a vulnerable take on “Landslide” with Grohl on acoustic guitar that brought the venue to a hush.
Goss summed it up succinctly: “Dave Grohl rhymes with rock ‘n’ roll.”