February 1st, 2013
02:45 PM ET

Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' an homage to analog

Walking by Arc Light Cinemas in Hollywood on Thursday night, one might think they were looking at the red carpet for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Among those smiling for the cameras were Stevie Nicks, members of Garbage and the Foo Fighters, Motley Crue's Nikki Six and Rick Springfield.

They were all there for the Hollywood premiere of the documentary "Sound City," Dave Grohl's love letter to the legendary California recording studio of the same name.

Even if you don't know about Sound City, you're probably very familiar with many of the legendary tracks that were recorded there: Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Damn the Torpedoes" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are among them.

Sound City, which closed in 2011, was revered for its acoustics and for a mixing console which helped capture the unique qualities of so many performances. Grohl, in his directorial debut, set out to pay tribute to the people who ran Sound City, the performers who made made music there, and the building itself.

Check out the video to hear how Grohl contacted the many stars who appear in the film, some of whom were already friends and some who were yet to be.

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  1. Paul

    Rumors wasn't recorded there, The firsFleetwood mac record with Stevie and Lindsey was.

    February 5, 2013 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Remember--

    your not dyfunctional...onward you go.

    February 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hware punishment....

    Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, my dear,
    I'm still here!
    Gold statue sometimes,
    Sometimes a kick-in-the-rear, but I'm here
    Now one day you're hailed for blazing trails
    Next you're nailed for fingernails
    Either they cheer or they jeer, but I'm here
    I've heard them say song writing, acting, producing,
    What makes her think that she can? Or better yet song writing, acting, producing
    What does she think, she's a man?
    One day a Tony, Tuesday you're top of the Bill
    So I'm here!
    Wednesday you're phony, Thursday you're over the hill
    But I'm here!
    Now I've kept my clothes and kept me space
    I've kept my nose to spite my face
    Still once you say you won't
    Keep your place loud and clear
    Once you announce you're directing all you hear is...
    Everybody says don't, everybody says don't
    Everybody says don't, it isn't right!
    Don't, it isn't nice!
    Everybody says don't, everybody says...
    Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter,
    Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter,
    Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade.
    Don't tell me not to fly, I've simply got to, If someone takes a spill,
    it's me and not you,
    Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade
    I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
    And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
    At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
    I guess I didn't make it
    Get ready for me love, 'cause I'm a-comin'
    I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
    Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade,
    I'm gonna live and live NOW!
    Get what I want, I know how!
    One roll for the whole shebang!
    One throw that bell will go clang,
    Eye on the target and wham,
    One shot, one gun shot and bam!
    Hey, look at me world, here I am...
    I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
    And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
    At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
    I guess I didn't make it
    Get ready for me life, 'cause I'm a-comin'
    I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
    Nobody, no, nobody, is gonna rain on my parade!

    February 4, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Surprise

    Kath, I want to bury my dlck in you and fire off a few rounds

    February 4, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Never Forget--

    Good times and bum times, I've seen them all and, my dear,
    I'm still here!
    Gold statue sometimes,
    Sometimes a kick-in-the-rear, but I'm here
    Now one day you're hailed for blazing trails
    Next you're nailed for fingernails
    Either they cheer or they jeer, but I'm here
    I've heard them say song writing, acting, producing,
    What makes her think that she can? Or better yet song writing, acting, producing
    What does she think, she's a man?
    One day a Tony, Tuesday you're top of the Bill
    So I'm here!
    Wednesday you're phony, Thursday you're over the hill
    But I'm here!
    Now I've kept my clothes and kept me space
    I've kept my nose to spite my face
    Still once you say you won't
    Keep your place loud and clear
    Once you announce you're directing all you hear is...
    Everybody says don't, everybody says don't
    Everybody says don't, it isn't right!
    Don't, it isn't nice!
    Everybody says don't, everybody says...
    Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter,
    Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter,
    Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade.
    Don't tell me not to fly, I've simply got to, If someone takes a spill,
    it's me and not you,
    Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade
    I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
    And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
    At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
    I guess I didn't make it
    Get ready for me love, 'cause I'm a-comin'
    I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
    Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade,
    I'm gonna live and live NOW!
    Get what I want, I know how!
    One roll for the whole shebang!
    One throw that bell will go clang,
    Eye on the target and wham,
    One shot, one gun shot and bam!
    Hey, look at me world, here I am...
    I'll march my band out, I'll beat my drum,
    And if I'm fanned out, your turn at bat, sir,
    At least I didn't fake it, hat, sir,
    I guess I didn't make it
    Get ready for me life, 'cause I'm a-comin'
    I simply gotta march, my heart's a-drummin'
    Nobody, no, nobody, is gonna rain on my parade!

    February 4, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. everytime i see dave play...

    i start shaking my butt like beyonce...

    February 4, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. craig b

    Rented this movie LAST NIGHT on U-Verse. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME film! I was never a huge Nirvana fan (though I do own Nevermind) – appreciated them, but not a huge fan, but Dave comes across as an awesome, down to earth nice guy who I would love to have a beer with. LOVE Stevie Nicks (GO BUY HER LAST ALBUM!) and many of the others featured in the film. Dave should be VERY proud.

    February 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ??

    &

    February 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ruzmarin

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    February 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Memory Munch 5:40am.

    Jesus says the positive will remain.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Arnold

    Take out da paypaz and da trash! Or you don't get no spending cash! If you don't scrub that kitchen floor! You ain't gonna' rock 'n roll no more! Yakity Yak! Don't talk back! Da na na na na nah!

    February 2, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. wow

    love powerful choirs.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ha!

    david said he was retiring for a bit....he's been playing since his retirement announcement!

    February 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Who is

    this David Grohl feller? Does he play the banjoe?

    February 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Really?

    Man, your girlfriend sounds like such a lucky girl! How utterly romantic you are. Dude, you need help.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    Excellent artistic use of dung Alvarez! Romantic as well. Nothing says I love you like giving your significant other a statue made of pure turds.

    February 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. V¡xen

    Man..you guys gotta stop smoking whatever it is you're smoking. You have sh¡t on the brain 24/7.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  18. juz goofin off!

    hahaha

    February 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. V¡xen

    Yeah, I know. You do give people some f'ed up visuals thou. I thought of the freaking gopher from caddyshack reading – sculpting farm animals. Don't know why, but it just came to mind. I know I'm deranged myself, but come on..lol.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    True some of our stuff is f'ed up. That's the fun part to me. Finding more and more creative things that can be done with butt dumplings. Caddyshack is funny. Especially the scene where a Baby Ruth bar ends up in the pool and everyone thinks it's a turd. Care for a poop tart?

    February 3, 2013 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  21. Minaj a trois

    Are you the nasty inmate from "OZ" that wallowed in his shit when he went nuts?

    February 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

    I would think a bunch of flowers or a nice card would be more appropriate for your loved ones – not a fecal scultpure!

    February 4, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |

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