Dave Grohl Announces PLAY, an Epic 23-Minute Solo Performance and Film

Ever since the Foo Fighters' 1994 debut, which saw Dave Grohl playing all of the album's guitar, bass, and drum parts (save for one guest appearance), Grohl has proven himself to be a talented multi-instrumentalist.

His new 23-minute solo composition PLAY throws even more instruments into the mix. The song has Grohl playing a Rhodes, a Yamaha DX7 synth, a marimba, timpanis, and other auxiliary percussion, in addition to his mainstay classic rock instruments. And he's apparently playing each part in one take—with each instrument set up in one large circle.

The trailer for PLAY

Inspired by watching his daughters and other students in their music classes dedicate themselves through the frustrating first steps of learning an instrument, Grohl said in a statement he was reminded of those early struggles and rewards.

"Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening… and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out," Grohl said in a statement.

"And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I'm still trying to figure it out… it's not something that you ever truly master. You're always chasing the next challenge, and you're always trying to find a way to improve on what you've learned."

Grohl will debut the new song with a mini-documentary of the same name, to be released August 10 through Roswell Films. Watch the trailer above, which gives you a glimpse of seven different Dave Grohls playing at the seven different instrument stations.


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