Dave Grohl’s newly formed Sound City Players will make its first appearance at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this month — but the band’s makeup remains a mystery.
Grohl, of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana, makes his directing debut at Sundance with Sound City, a documentary about the famed L.A. studio where artists like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and Metallica made music for 40 years.
To mark the Jan. 18 world premiere of Sound City, the newly formed Sound City Players, described as including “core musicians and special guests from the film,” will join Grohl onstage for a performance that’s sure to be the hottest ticket of the festival.
There will likely be some famous faces taken from among the musicians featured in the film and the companion album, Sound City-Reel to Reel, slated for release in March, including Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield, Taylor Hawkins, Stevie Nicks, Pat Smear, Krist Novoselic and Paul McCartney (who stood in for Kurt Cobain when former Nirvana members Grohl and Novoselic played a Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in December).
As usual, Sundance has plenty of music on the bill but the fest is in a nostalgic mood this year with Alison Ellwood’s History of the Eagles Part 1 and Muscle Shoals, a doc profiling the legendary Muscle Shoals sound studios in Alabama.