Dave Grohl’s “Play” is part documentary, part epic solo

He’s a one-man band in this gargantuan production.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has premiered his mini-documentary, Play, and it’s everything we’ve hoped for. It starts with a reflection on what it’s like to pick up an instrument, and ends with a mammoth 23-minute progressive rock instrumental.

“To any musician, young or old, a beautiful studio full of instruments is like a playground,”  the 49-year-old narrates on the opening. “To me, I’m like a kid in a candy store. Most musicians are always chasing the next challenge; you never feel satisfied, and you never feel like you’ve completely mastered the instrument you’re playing. It’s always going to be a puzzle; it’s always going to 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.”

The scene then cuts to music lessons at a school where aspiring musicians discuss how picking up an instrument has changed their lives.


The project concludes with a deftly edited 23-minute instrumental with Grohl playing all of the instruments: acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, piano, synthesizers, tambourine, tympani, and vibraphone. The video is cut in such a way that multiple Dave Grohls appear to be performing in the studio at the same time. It’s a little unnerving, but still a sight to behold.

Watch Play here:

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