Sundance is always a great occasion to catch live music but few gigs will match the sheer logistical ambition and star-power of Sound City Players, who played to a sold-out Park City Live on Friday .
The scratch band, corralled by Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and named after his new documentary, Sound City, about the famed Los Angeles recording studio of the same name, featured a who’s-who from the annals of rock ‘n’ roll.
The Foo Fighters provided backing band duties on the night and more power to them – the guys learned 50 songs in 10 days in order to accompany the night’s guests.
“It’s going to be a long fucking night – you know that, right?” Grohl screeched into the mic as he took to the stage. He wasn’t wrong. Three hours later we had rocked out to mini-sets from John Fogherty, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.
The gig also featured appearances by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Queens Of The Stone Age’s Alain Johannes, Masters Of Reality’s Chris Goss, Lee Ving from 1970s punk band Fear, and Grohl’s old pal Krist Novoselic from Nirvana.
Among the highlights were Fogerty’s Born On The Bayou and Bad Moon Rising, Springfield’s rendition of Jessie’s Girl and an intimate duo between Grohl and Nicks on Landslide.
The pair returned with many of the night’s guests for a rousing encore of Gold Dust Woman, a song the Fleetwood Mac chanteuse wrote many years ago and has since confessed not to really understanding. That’s rock ‘n roll man.