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Dave Grohl certainly is making the most of his time off from his main gig.
With his band Foo Fighters on hiatus, the singer-songwriter-guitarist is the latest rocker to host an exclusive show on SiriusXM. The satellite radio company said Tuesday that Dave Grohl Presents Sound City will premiere at 4 p.m. ET Thursday on the Classic Vinyl channel. The limited-run show coincides with Sound City, Grohl’s documentary about the famous analog recording studio where dozens of classic albums were made, including Nirvana’s Nevermind, which provided Grohl’s introduction to the studio in 1991 when he was that band’s drummer.
The nine-week radio show, which will air on various SiriusXM channels, will feature Grohl telling stories about the music recorded at the iconic Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. The series will feature music recorded there, including songs from such albums as Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Metallica’s Death Magnetic. Grohl’s passion for the studio led him to purchase its legendary Neve 8028 analog recording console after Sound City closed for commercial use in May 2011. The console had been the studio’s showpiece since 1972. The unit, now in Foo Fighters’ private studio in Northridge, Calif., was used to record acts ranging from Johnny Cash and Elton John to Guns N’ Roses and Rage Against the Machine to Mastodon and Arctic Monkeys. Even Josh Groban.
“I’m so proud of the Sound City film and beyond excited for the world to see what I’ve been working on for the past year,” said Grohl, who is producing and making his directorial debut with the film. “Even before that, though, I’m grateful to SiriusXM for giving me the opportunity to share all this great music and to let people know what got me excited about Sound City in the first place.”
Roswell Films, a unit of Foo Fighters label Roswell Records, will distribute the doc, which features interviews with Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham and Nevermind producer Butch Vig. The film is set for premiere in 2013.
Founded in 1969 in Van Nuys, Sound City Studios’ résumé includes rock, pop, soul, punk and metal. Its hit list is impressive: Along with Rumours and After the Gold Rush, the studio spawned such classic records as Spirit’s Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, The Grateful Dead’s Terrapin Station, War’s Why Can’t We Be Friends, Cash’s Unchained, Rage Against the Machine’s eponymous debut and a half-dozen Petty albums including Damn the Torpedoes and Hard Promises. And that’s just scratching the surface.
The SiriusXM show will air on nine consecutive Thursdays through Jan. 24. Each episode will feature different years, artists and albums.
Said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s president and chief content officer: “We are always looking for innovative and different ways to celebrate and showcase music,” said. “We are thrilled to offer Dave Grohl this unique platform to take listeners through the music and stories behind some of the best music in rock and roll’s vault. His show will offer a musician’s point of view and allow for listeners to get a first-hand perspective on creating music.”
Grohl has lined up myriad projects and events since announcing in October that Foo Fighters — the multiple-Grammy-winning band he has fronted for 18 years — is taking a hiatus. Along with the radio gig and promoting the Sound City film, he will take part in the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims, deliver the keynote address at next year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin and drum on the new Queens of the Stone Age record.
Grohl formed Foo Fighters after Nirvana ended with the April 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain. The band has released seven albums — the first five of which went platinum, the two most recent going gold — and won 10 Grammys, including four for best rock album. Their 2008 set Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and 2011’s Wasting Light both were nominated for album of the year.
Here is the full schedule and channel numbers for Dave Grohl Presents Sound City:
Nov. 29 (Classic Vinyl, channel 26):
1970-75 (Neil Young, Spirit, Dr. John, Buckingham/Nicks, Elton John, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Nils Lofgren, Fleetwood Mac)
Dec. 6 (Classic Rewind, channel 25):
1975-78 (War, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Cheap Trick)
Dec. 13 (Classic Rewind):
1979-82 (Tom Petty, Rick Springfield, Santana, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Fear, Barry Manilow)
Dec. 20 (Hair Nation, channel 39):
1983-85 (Dio, Rick Springfield, Saxon, Ratt, Loudness, Tom Petty, Y&T)
Dec. 27 (Lithium, channel 34):
1991-93 (Nirvana, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Rage Against the Machine, Rancid)
Jan. 3 (Octane, channel 37):
1993-96 (Kyuss, Slayer, Danzig, Tom Petty, Jayhawks, Black Crowes, Johnny Cash)
Jan. 10 (Lithium):
1998-2007 (Queens of the Stone Age, Jimmy Eat World, Frank Black and the Catholics, Terror, Nine Inch Nails)
Jan. 17 (channel TBA):
2008-11 (Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, Metallica, Eagles of Death Metal, Isis, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon)
Jan. 24 (channel TBA):
A discussion of the making of Sound City with Dave Grohl
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