Sound City Players

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Sound City Players
Sound City Players Last Ever Gig.jpeg
Sound City Players play their last ever gig at SXSW, Austin, Texas[1][2]
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2012 (2012)–2013 (2013)
Labels RCA
Associated acts Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Slipknot, Queens of the Stone Age, Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Wings, Rage Against the Machine, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fear, Masters of Reality, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Members Dave Grohl
(See: other members)

The Sound City Players were a supergroup[3][4] formed by ex-Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters guitarist and lead-singer Dave Grohl.[5] They consisted in a collaboration of Grohl with Krist Novoselic ex-Nirvana, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick, Rick Springfield, Stevie Nicks, Alain Johannes, Paul McCartney, and many more.[5]


The first public word of Sound City was when Paul McCartney performed with the surviving members of Nirvana: Grohl, Novoselic and Smear live at the 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief in New York. Together they premiered the collaborative song "Cut Me Some Slack".[6] Grohl then revealed his plans for the Sound City film and soundtrack. McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana performed the song a second time the following week on Saturday Night Live.[7][8]

Grohl then formed the Sound City Players with many of the musicians who appeared in his film Sound City about the recently closed Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California. Their debut was at the Sundance Film Festival's Park City live on January 18, 2013.[3][4]

Grohl and seven other band members, including Nicks on lead vocals, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman on February 14, 2013.[9] The Sound City Players appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 5, 2013 and on Ellen on March 7, 2013.[10] Grohl promised that their final show was the concert at the SXSW music festival on March 14, 2013.[1][2]

Touring members[edit]

Varying musicians performed the live shows as the Sound City Players. These musicians included:



  1. ^ a b Danton, Eric R. (March 15, 2013). "SXSW 2013: Dave Grohl Leads Sound City Players in Last Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Graff, Gary (March 15, 2013). "Sound City Players Make Glorious Noise at SXSW in Final Show... For Now". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Gallo, Phil (January 19, 2013). "Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Tear It Up at Sundance". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Van Syckle, Katie (January 19, 2013). "Dave Grohl Debuts Supergroup at 'Sound City' Sundance Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Aswad, Jem (February 14, 2013). "Sound City Players: Opposites Attract (And Don't) in New York". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Paul McCartney & Nirvana 12.12.12. Sandy Relief Concert HD". YouTube. December 12, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ Minsker, Evan (December 16, 2012). "Watch Paul McCartney Front Nirvana Again on SNL". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "McCartney, Grohl, Novoselic, Smear - "Cut Me Some Slack" Live on Saturday Night Live". YouTube. December 15, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dave Grohl Schedules TV Appearances, Sound City Players Performance on Letterman". KRRO. February 7, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Sound City Players and Rick Springfield Perform 'Jessie's Girl'". March 7, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 

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