Last week, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl announced the upcoming release of a new two-part documentary titled PLAY. In the film, Grohl draws connections between the mindsets of young, aspiring musicians and seasoned rock stars with regard to their excitement about the lifelong commitment to being a student of music. The announcement noted that the centerpiece of the new film was the titular 23-minute solo instrumental opus that Grohl crafted for the projcet.
Now, Grohl has shared the first portion of the documentary, shot in black and white, which establishes the film’s core themes and details the making of his extended studio jam, before presenting the extended “PLAY” instrumental in all its glory, using video layering effects to show seven different Dave Grohls playing the song’s various instrumental parts simultaneously.
As Grohl explains in a voiceover to begin the video,
To any musician young or old, a beautiful studio full of instruments is like a playground. To me, I’m like a kid in a candy store. Most musicians are always chasing the next challenge, you never feel satisfied, you never feel like you’ve completely mastered the instrument you’re playing. It’s always gonna be a puzzle, it’s alway’s gonna be a challenge. It’s a beautiful mystery. But once it gets its hooks in you, that’s when the obsession and the drive really kick in. …
I’m still trying to figure it out, still pushing myself, looking for the next challenge, doing something I’ve never done before. … The idea of coming in and not only recording a song by myself, but a 23-minute instrumental, multiple instruments, running from one to the next, just seemed like something I hadn’t done before. An honestly, I didn’t know if I could pull it off.
Well, Dave, after watching the video, we can assure you that you did, indeed, “pull it off.” “Play” is an impressive undertaking, and the video is nothing short of amazing. Below, you can watch the newly released video. Carve out some time, sit back, and watch Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, Dave, and Dave craft their rocking instrumental studio opus.
Watch Dave Grohl’s PLAY below:
Dave Grohl – “Play”
[Video: Foo Fighters]
You can pre-order limited edition PLAY vinyl bundles and stream the song here.