The Foo Fighters frontman premiered his long-awaited Sound City documentary earlier in the evening, where attendees were also given a ticket to a live performance following the show. Once the film concluded and moviegoers herded across the street to The Palladium's ballroom floor, Grohl delivered a three-plus hour barrage of music with a revolving cast of collaborators who contributed to the Sound City film and its accompanying soundtrack, Sound City: Real to Reel.
With Eleven/Queens of The Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes at center, the Foos served as the enigmatic songwriter's backing band to kick off the night, rocking through a cover of Queens of The Stone Age's "Hanging Tree":
Soon after, Chris Goss of Masters of Reality took the stage alongside Grohl, with Rage Against The Machine's Brad Wilk on drums, for a few MoR jams as well as the new collaborative track “Time Slowing Down,” which will see a release on the Sound City: Real To Reel album.
Each change in onstage personnel was accompanied by a drop-screen video clip, with outtakes from the film prefacing and contextualizing the performance that was about to unfold. Such was the case before Grohl climbed behind the drum kit to aid Black Rebel Motorcycle Club members Robert Levon Been and Peter Hayes for loose renditions of “Red Eyes and Tears,” “Whatever Happened To My Rock And Roll” and their Real to Reel track “Heaven and All”.
Next came Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, who led Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, Grohl and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen for a set of covers by the latter's band. Was it a little too surreal to see the prime alpha rager belting out "Surrender" and egging the crowd on in a singalong? Yes, indeed it was. Hell, it was downright weird. But damned if it wasn't one hell of an unforgettably, ridiculously awesome moment.