Watch Dave Grohl’s two-part mini-documentary Play

Angelo Anderson
August 10, 2018

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently revealed that he would be capturing himself playing a 23-minute song on seven instruments for a documentary called PLAY, and the impressive feat is finally here. The frontman wrote music for seven different instruments and played on each of them separately, in full. Part one opens with narrated behind the scenes discussion of the love of playing music and the lifelong relationship with an instrument - as well as the process and challenges of recording and filming this unique performance. Via an interactive video posted on Grohl's Roswell Films website, viewers can isolate each instrument - we recommend the drum track, because although Grohl has many talents, he remains one of the greatest drummers in rock history.

The film was self-directed by Grohl alongside Sound City/Sonic Highways collaborator Mark Monroe, with assistance from cinematographer Brandon Trost (The Disaster Artist, This is The End) and engineer Darrell Thorp. The ultimate take-away, Grohl says, is that "just like any kid, the reward is just to PLAY". "You're always chasing the next challenge, and you're always trying to find a way to improve on what you've learned".

Also up for grabs are the music sheets, the input lists, and (if you're feeling really geeky) a floor plan of the live room Grohl played in.

Play will be released on limited edition vinyl on September 28 and is now available for pre-order.

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