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GZO: SXSW Day 3: Sound City Players make the most of final show

GZO: SXSW Day 3: Sound City Players make the most of final show

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AUSTIN, Texas -- It’s not every day you see Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighter, Fear’s Lee Ving, Rick Springfield and John Fogerty on the same stage.

In fact, it probably won’t ever happen again. That lineup along with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor, Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Chris Goss of Masters of Reality all were part of Sound City Players Thursday night.

Dave Grohl, who leads Foo Fighters and played drums in Nirvana, put together the Players for a documentary about a now-defunct Los Angeles recording studio, Sound City, then took the show on the road playing New York, London, Los Angeles and a 3 1/2 hour finale at Stubbs BBQ.

Highlights of the show, which included performers playing their old hits and songs from the documentary soundtrack:

Nicks joining with, essentially, the Foo Fighters for a handful of songs with Grohl unleashing his inner Tom Petty on the duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” a dreamy version of “Dreams’ and a dynamic “Gold Dust Woman,” a surprising choice for Nicks who was in good voice and full stage-witch persona.

Ving tearing through a half dozen Fear songs in about 15 minutes, bringing 80s punk to the thousands in the outdoor venue, many of who likely had never heard those songs before

An all star band of Nielsen, Taylor, Novoselic and Grohl on drums cranking up a Cheap Trick singalong.

Springfield not taking himself at all seriously, looking the same as he did decades ago and proving he was Bon Jovi before Bon Jovi with his hits like “Jessie’s Girl”

Last, but far from least, Fogerty led the band through seven songs, six Creedence Clearwater Revival gems and his solo hit “Centerfield.” The man hasn’t lost a thing vocally and the rock ‘n’ roll was a perfect way to end a great show.


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