Dave Grohl On Music Stardom Without The Help Of American Idol
Supporting his movie directorial debut, music documentary Sound City, Grohl has assembled an all-star band, the Sound City Players, which features such sonic luminaries as Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Rick Springfield as well as Grohl’s Foo Fighters band-mates Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett.
“All of us come from the same place,” Grohl said during an exclusive interview with KROQ DJs Kevin & Bean in Los Angeles about the all-star band alongside Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, also a part of the group. “We were kids that bought instruments at a yard sale and then we started a band in a garage. We sucked and then we became the biggest band in the world. That’s how it happens. You don’t stand in line to be on a TV song contest show,” he added, referencing the slew of singing competition shows like American Idol and X Factor.
“If you learn about the people and the story and the life behind these places where it was made and the relationship between them, it gives new meaning to music,” Grohl explained. “Music should be more than just a sound. There’s emotion and there’s real human quality to music.
“It doesn’t have to be perfect but that’s how the magic happens,” he continued. “When you get four human beings playing with each other, you get the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. That’s where the magic happens.”
The Sound City Players have lined up two live shows over the coming weeks, the first being in Park City, Utah, to coincide with the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th. The second star-studded gig is set for the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA, on January 31st, the same night the movie will be shown in theaters around the country.
-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local