Nicks, Fogerty, more perform with Grohl in NYC
Musician Dave Grohl performs on stage at the Sound City Players concert at The Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters played house band for Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield and others at a sold-out concert.
Grohl held an all-star, three-hour-plus show with those rock icons, who performed at the Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Calif., in the late 1960s through the early '90s, and are the subjects of Grohl's just-released directorial debut, the documentary "Sound City."
Grohl kicked things off with Alain Johannes, yelling after the first song: "It's going to be a long (expletive) night. You know that, right?"
It was, and the crowd at the Hammerstein Ballroom roared as Lee Ving of Fear, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and others took the stage.
Musician Dave Grohl, left, and John Fogerty perform on stage at the Sound City Players concert at The Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
Grohl played the guitar during most sets, sang background — sometimes lead — and also worked as drummer.
When Nicks, the last of the special guests (or "Sound City Players") hit the stage, she emerged in all black and in glasses. Her raspy vocals were matched by Grohl on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." He stared at her while she sang; she put her hands in the air.
Each act performed for nearly 25 minutes, and clips of the "Sound City" film played in between their sets. The film explores the then-rusty Sound City Studios where classic albums by Guns 'n Roses, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Van Halen, Nirvana, REO Speedwagon and others were created.
Wednesday night's performers are part of the line-up for the film's soundtrack, "Sound City: Real to Reel," due out March 12.