Dave Grohl

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Dave Grohl talks about Nirvana, L.A.'s legendary Sound City Studios and his touring super group, the Sound City Players. (5:35)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT MADE A NEW

DOCUMENTARY CALLED SOUND CITY.

NOW HE'S ABOUT TO SIT DOWN AT

THE STUDIOS AND RECORD SOME OF

THE GREATEST INTERVIEWS.

PLEASE WELCOME DAVE GROHL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, DAVE.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> Stephen: HOW ARE YOU BEEN?

LAST TIME YOU SAW YOU WE WERE

HANGING OUT IN THE WHITE HOUSE

TOGETHER.

>> THAT'S USUALLY WHERE WE BUMP

INTO EACH OTHER.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHAT WE DO.

>> YOU WOULDN'T IMAGINE I WOULD

BE LET INTO THE WHITE HOUSE.

>> Stephen: YOU WERE

FANTASTIC, INCREDIBLE FOR THE

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS ROCKING

LED ZEPPELIN.

>> I WAS.

>> Stephen: DRUMMER FOR

NIRVANA, LEAD OF THE F.A.O.

FIGHTERS BUT -- FOO FIGHTERS NOW

YOU ARE A DOCUMENT DLRKS ARIAN.

YOU SOLD MILLIONS OF COPIES OF

NIRVANA NEVER MIND ALONE.

WHY NOT PHONE IT IN AND GET FAT?

>> I DECIDED TO MAKE THIS MOVIE

BECAUSE THE STUDIO WHERE WE MADE

NIRVANA'S NEVER MIND WAS

CLOSING.

THAT STUDIO CHANGED MY LIFE.

WHEN WE WENT THERE WE WERE THERE

FOR 16 DAYS AND THOSE 16 DAYS

THAT WE MADE THAT RECORD, NEVER

MIND COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S THE NAME OF

THE MOVIE CALLED "SOUND CITY."

>> IT'S CALLED "SOUND CITY."

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU GO TO A

GUY WHOP DIDN'T MAKE

DOCUMENTARIES TO MICK A

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE PLACE YOU

RECORDED?

>> I WAY I LOOK AT IT I NEVER

TOOK LESSONS TO PLAY THE DRUMS

OR GUITAR.

I JUST SORT OF FIGURED IT OUT.

I THINK YOU IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE

ABOUT SOMETHING AND DRIVEN AND

FOCUSED YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU

WANT TO DO.

>> Stephen: NOBODY TAUGHT TO

ME YELL AT PEOPLE.

>> AND YOU ARE REALLY GOOD AT

IT.

YOU ARE GREAT.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

>> I HAD AN IDEA AND A FRIEND

WITH A CAMERA.

I START CALLING EVERYONE FROM

MEMBERS OF CHEAP TRICK TO

MEMBERS OF RICK SPRINGFIELD TO

STEVIE NICKS.

>> Stephen: ALL PEOPLE WHO

RECORDED AT THE STUDIO.

>> YES AND I ASKED TO TALK TO

THEM AND I WOUND UP WITH 40

INTERVIEWS AND I TURNED INTO AN

ACTUAL FILM.

>> Stephen: THIS SOUNDBOARD IN

FRONT THIS IS THE IMPETUS.

THIS STARTED THIS THING ROLLING

HERE.

WHAT IS THAT?

>> IT'S A MIXING CONSOLE.

RUPERT NEEDS MADE MIXING DESKS

IN THE 70s.

STILL MAKES RECORDING EQUIPMENT.

THESE ARE CONSIDERED THE

CADILLAC OF RECORDING EQUIPMENT.

THEY SOUND GREAT, GREAT FOR ROCK

MUSIC AND SIMPLE.

THIS SAY CUSTOM ORDERED BOARD

THAT EVERYONE FROM EVEL KNIEVIL

TO TOM PETTY TO RAGE AGAINST THE

MACHINE, CHARLES MANSON RECORDED

AT SOUND CITY.

THE STORY IS COMPLETEY NUTTED.

>> Stephen: SERIOUSLY.

DID EVEL KNIEVIL JUMP THIS BOARD

OVER CHARLES MANSON?

>> THAT'S A MOVIE.

>> Stephen: THE GUY OFFERED TO

SELL THE BOARD.

>> I HEARD THEY WERE CLOSING AND

BECAUSE I CONSIDERED THAT BOARD

TO BE RESPONSIBLE FROM WHERE I

AM TODAY.

I SAID I WOULD BE HONORED TO

TELL IT IF YOU WANT TO SILT.

>> Stephen: DOES IT HAVE A

STORY TO TELL?

>> THE FIRST THING WE HAD TO DO

WHEN WE GOT IT IS SCRUB THE COKE

CANE AND FRIED CHICKEN OUT.

>> Stephen: THAT WAS A GREAT

ALBUM, TOO, COCAINE AND FRIED

CHICKEN.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Stephen: LEGENDARY.

>> AMAZING.

>> Stephen: DID YOU HAVE TO

LISTEN TO NEVER MIND AGAIN AND

AS PART OF IT DID YOU THINK

ABOUT WHAT THAT RECORDING

SESSION WAS LIKE?

>> INTERVIEWING LIKE BUTCH WHO

IS THE PRODUCER OR CHRIS, THE

BASS PLAYER OF NIRVANA, SITTING

DOWN AND TALKING ABOUT IT

BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES.

I REMEMBERED A LOT MORE ABOUT

THE COUPLE WEEKS WE WERE THERE.

>> Stephen: IS IT LIKE PULLING

OUT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK

AND LIKE (bleep) WE WERE SO

YOUNG.

>> NOBODY THOUGHT WE WERE GOING

TO BE A BIG BAND.

AT THE TIME MICHAEL BOLTON WAS

HUGE.

>> Stephen: STILL.

>> STILL HUGE.

>> Stephen: THE MAN PLAYS RED

ROCK.

>> NOBODY THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE

GOING TO SELL MILLIONS OF

RECORDS SO EVERYONE JUST SORT OF

LEFT US ALONE WHICH WAS GREAT.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK ABOUT

THE SESSIONS NOW AND SAY WHY

DIDN'T WE TURN UP THE DRUMS.

>> I WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YES IT TURNED OUT PRETTY

GOOD.

>> Stephen: YOU RECORDED AN

ALBUM WITH THE BOARD.

YOU HAVE A GROUP CALLED THE

SOUND CITY PLAYERS.

YOU GOT YOU, CHRIS, STEVIE

NICKS, JOHN FOGERTY, SIR PAUL

McCART KNIT, SIR RICK

SPRINGFIELD, SIR RICK NIELSEN.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU DOING

TOURS.

>> PLAYING AS MANY AS WE CAN.

LOGISTICALLY IT'S HARD TO GET

ONE OF GUYS AND STEVIE NICKS IN

THE SAME ROOM.

>> Stephen: BUT McCARTNEY IS

ALWAYS AVAILABLE.

>> WE'RE DOING A SHOW TONIGHT AT

THE HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM WHERE

WE ARE GOING TOLL ROLL OUT THREE

AND A HALF HOURS WORTH OF MUSIC.

>> Stephen: YOU NEED A BACK-UP

SINGER.

>> YOU WANT TO COME AND SING?

>> Stephen: THAT WOULD BE

GREAT.

I'LL BE THERE.

DAVE GROHL, THE MOVIE IS

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