Dave Grohl Announces Solo Project ‘Play,’ 23-Minute Song and Mini-Doc
Foo Fighters frontman plays seven different instruments on recording: “You’re always chasing the next challenge,” rocker says
Dave GrohlÂ announcedÂ Play, a two-part documentary that culminates with him performing a new solo 23-minute song on seven different instruments.
Grohl created the immersiveÂ PlayÂ project, arriving August 10th, to showcase “the rewards and challenges of dedicating ones life to playing and mastering a musical instrument.”
“Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening”¦ and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out,” Grohl said in a statement.
“And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out”¦ it’s not something that you ever truly master. You’re always chasing the next challenge, and you’re always tryingÂ to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned.”
Grohl blueprintedÂ PlayÂ alongsideÂ Sonic HighwaysÂ collaborator Mark Monroe, with Grohl performing the entire 23-minute instrumental on one instrument at a time and then merging the videos of each take to create a seven-piece one-man band. In a video that accompaniedÂ Play”˜s impending arrival, Grohl previewed how the work,Â filmed by Brandon Trost, was constructed:
The first part of theÂ PlayÂ documentary focuses on the behind-the-scenes preparation for the performance, which is unveiled in the second part. “The film is intercut with young musicians from the Join The Band music school in the San Fernando Valley practicing their craft, working relentlessly to get it right, and always coming back to the conclusion that, in Grohl’s words, ”˜just like any kid, the reward is just toÂ Play,’” Grohl’sÂ Roswell FilmsÂ added.
PlayÂ will be released to streaming services on August 10th, with a limited edition vinyl to follow on September 28th; the vinyl and digital formats are available toÂ preorderÂ now.
An online interactive experience forÂ PlayÂ will also allow the viewer to focus on one instrument for the entirety of the performance as well as downloading theÂ PlayÂ sheet music. “The online version ofÂ PlayÂ also includes a list of organizations where time, money and instruments can be donated to the cause””and places where musicians young and old alike can have the opportunity to play live music,” Roswell Films wrote.