Dave Grohl’s “PLAY,” a two part mini-documentary, celebrates the rewards and challenges of dedicating one’s life to playing music. Part one opens with the narration of a behind the scenes discussion of the love of playing music and the lifelong relationship with an instrument.The “PLAY” film then segues to the 23-minute, one-man-band instrumental recording on which Grohl plays all seven instruments on the track, all live. Grohl played the entire song, each time on a different instrument, completely live for 23 minutes.
Grohl announced the project in May, as the Concrete and Gold tour began to wind down. During the piece Grohl uses several different guitars, three different drum kits, a bass guitar, various keyboards and an assortment of percussion.
Play is Grohl’s latest directorial feature, following the 2013 documentary Sound City and the 2014 HBO Documentary Mini-Series Sonic Highways. Mark Monroe, who collaborated on the two projects, assisted with Grohl’s directorial duties on Play. Other collaborators include sound engineer Darrel Thorpe, who worked on the Concrete and Gold tour, and cinematographer Brandon Trost, who worked on films such as This is The End and The Disaster Artist.
Visit the website to hear “Play” and have the full interactive experience.