Supergroup play 3-hour show with rolling lineup
Adam Tait

15:11 20th January 2013

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has debuted his new supergroup, the Sound City Players, with a performance at the Sundance Film Festival.

According to Rolling Stone, Grohl was permanently accompanied by his Foo Fighters band mates throughout the show, which lasted three hours.

The drummer also introduced a rolling cast of legends to the stage to play with him as he took the crowd on a journey through the history of music recorded at Sound City Studios.

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters, Alain Johannes, Chrsi Goss, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk were all among the 17-strong lineup of musicians who graced the stage.

All of the musicians who performed have recorded at the infamous Sound City Studios and appear in the Foo Foghters frontman’s documentary about the studios in Van Nuys, California.

The documentary premiered at the annual Sundance Film Festival on Friday (January 19), in Park City, Utah.

The film also features former Beatle Paul McCartney who teamed up with the remaining member of Nirvana to perform at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in new York.

Dave Grohl on stage with the Sound City Players at Sundance Film Festival

Grohl recently claimed that the song they wrote with McCartney took just three hours to complete and said the track ‘came out of nowhere’.

Nirvana’s Nevermind album and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours are among the iconic albums to have been recorded at Sound City Studios.

This year will be a busy one for Dave Grohl. Not only is he returning to the drum stool for the new Queens Of The Stone Age album, but he’ll also be giving the keynotes speech at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Texas on March 14.

 Below: The Super Supergroups

Traveling Wilburys – 1988 supergroup featuring the might of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.

Grinderman – Producing one eponymous album in 2007, Grinderman is a mouth watering collaboration between Nick Cave, Dirty Three founder Warren Ellis, Ex-Triffids member Martyn Casey and Cramps drummer Jim Scalvunos.

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Aka David Crosby of The Birds, Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash from The Hollies. When they were later joined by Neil Young, the line-up was complete.

Audioslave – Their musical output may be of a slightly debatable quality, but there’s no denying the quality of their heritage. Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell teamed with three quarters of Rage Against the Machine for this one.

Band Aid– Organised in 1984 by Midge Ure and Sir Bob “Yes I am holier than thou” Geldof, this was the original and biggest charity supergroup, featuring every pop and rock star of note from the eighties… the mighty Status Quo included!

Crisis - Crisis formed in November 2007 to help the charity of the same name in its drive to fight homelessness and alcoholism, together with Drinkaware. Beth Ditto, Andy Rourke from The Smiths, Graham Coxon, Paul Weller, The Enemy, New Young Pony Club, Supergrass, Drew from Babyshambles, Ed Harcourt and Pearl Lowe all joined forces.

Electronic – None other than The Smiths’ Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner from New Order. Shame that they spectacularly failed to live up to their former glories!

Deep End – An extremely short-live charity supergroup formed by The Who’s Pete Townshend in 1985, featuring Dave Gilmour amongst others. Sadly, despite releasing one live album, they split due to a lack of interest and poor sales.

Blind Faith – Seemingly buoyed by the success of Cream, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker formed another supergroup in 1969 alongside Steve Winwood and Rick Grech.

Comic Relief: ‘Perfect Day’ – David Bowie, Bono, Dr John, Elton John, Evan Dando and the original songwriter himself Lou Reed were amongst the acts singing this reworked version of the 1972 ‘Transformer’ classic.

The Good, The Bad & The Queen – What happens when you put members of The Clash, Blur, The Verve and Fela Kuti together? You get a fucking brilliant album, that’s what.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – ELP sold a massive 30million albums in a glittering career. Keth Emerson was a member of The Nice, Greg Lake was from King Crimson, while Carl Palmer plied his trade with Atomic Rooster.

Cream – Formed in 1966, Cream are arguably the first supergroup, featuring The Yardbirds’ Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and the inimitable Ginger Baker.

The Plastic Ono Band – A conceptual supergroup formed in 1969 before the sad demise of The Beatles a year or so later. George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Klaus Voorman were amongst those who joined the ranks.

Them Crooked Vultures - rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by John Paul Jones (former member of Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters and formerly of Nirvana), and Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age).

SuperHeavy - a 2011 supergroup consisting of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, A. R. Rahman, and Damian Marley. SuperHeavy was Dave Stewart's idea. Inspired by the sounds washing into his home in St Ann's Bay, Jamaica, Stewart urged Jagger to fuse their sound with that of Indian orchestras.

The Dead Weather - American alternative rock supergroup, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Composed of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes). The Dead Weather debuted at the opening of Third Man Records' Nashville headquarters on March 11, 2009.

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