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.
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Goss summed it up succinctly: “Dave Grohl rhymes with rock ‘n’ roll.”