Dave Grohl Wants You To Change The World

In an open letter discussing his new Sound City movie, Grohl wants more people to get together and change the world with their art. Could it be you?

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Dave Grohl has written an open letter urging people to see his "Sound City" documentary, start a band, and change the world.

"Sound City" was a recording studio for some of the best-love records in history, including releases by many classic rock artists like Nirvana, Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

"Holy sh-t! I made a movie!" it begins (via Antiquiet). "I started this project a little over a year ago... just me, my drinking buddy, and a crazy idea that we should tell."

The letter says how making the film became one of the most incredible experiences of his life. He got to hear from Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor and many others. "All I had to do was listen," he said. "I am the luckiest man on earth."

It goes on to philosophise about the magic of humans working together:

"What is it that happens when 4 people turn on, plug in, and really play that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? What is it about those moments when you hear something and it immediately puts its hooks in you, and you feel... understood?

"Get together, start a band, sound like sh-t, and change the world. GO!"

Meanwhile, Grohl confirmed he won't be touring with Queen Of The Stone Age as fans hoped after he performed the drums on their forthcoming new album, according to Blabbermouth.

He last appeared as their drummer on 2002's "Songs For The Deaf", and plays alongside QOTSA frontman Josh Homme in Them Crooked Vultures.

Watch the trailer for the "Sound City" movie by Dave Grohl here:

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    Very bummed no QotSA tour with Dave...
    I wonder who they'll take with them, since Castillo left the band and all.
    Been thinking about that, hard to figure.... Could see Josh bringing in some lesser-known talent, or alternately pulling in a big name. Either way, I'm sure the shows will still be killer.
    This is the first I'm hearing of the lack-of-Grohl tour :-( And, yea. No Joey means...well, damn it! I wanted to see at least one of those two guys! Oh well, I'm still going front row no matter who drums. (I say they get Dale Crover, for the hell of it.)
    I really wonder why Joey isn't touring with them, especially considering he was brought into the band in the first place for the purpose of filling in for Dave on tour. I have to think that he got pissed off when they brought Dave back. Lets not forget that supposedly there was a QOTSA record close to being finished going all the way back to last year with Joey on it. We know this because Joey himself said so, and he also even hinting towards the album's title "Ultraviolet Robot". So we're left with the logic that Josh got talking to Dave after he finished touring with Foos, convinced him to come back into the fold, and then the two decided to scrap the whole, near-finished thing and start fresh. If I were Joey, personally I'd be a little ticked off.
    Let's not forget that Dave also bumped William Goldsmith for an album back in the day. That being said, we're talking about a lot of skepticism/conspiracy theory stuff here. It may be that Joey just wanted to move on, or got tired of the same old. Maybe Ultraviolet Robot didn't sound that great...or maybe they got pissed at each other for a totally new reason. So Joey decided he was done, and THAT'S when Josh phoned Dave...maybe? MAYBE JOEY WILL START A BAND. (I don't know what that would sound like, but I'd listen at least once.)
    Those are all possible scenarios, but the simplest and most likely has to be that Dave bumped Joey. I think its no secret that Dave is Josh's most preferred drummer, evidence in fact that theyve done projects together pretty much whenever Dave has free time from Foos. Not only does it make sense in that dimension, lets also realize that a Queens record with Dave Grohl on it will sell... maybe at least 2 or 3 times as much as without him? Were talking about arguably the most famous and popular modern rockstar in the world, much more famous in his own right than QOTSA is. So alb
    (continued from above) So album sales have to be taken into account here, especially what with the shape the recording industry is now. I do hope though that Ultraviolet Robot just wasn't very good. If it was even average at best, i wish they would have just released it, so that could be tiding me over while I wait and drool like a Saint Bernard over this new album!
    Get together, start a band, sound like sh-t, and change the world. GO!... Ive been doing that for years, i must be the god damn batman
    Dark Canuck
    I have a band, but thanks for the advice though Dave. Unfortunately the reality is that I can't quit my day job.
    Bands don't get promoted these days unless their music is made on a laptop. And that kind of music can't change the world.
    Am I the only one just a little depressed that Metallica was called a "Classic Rock" band?
    Here's some one who I think is doing something to change the world. Man Named Aaron O'Keefe. Teaching kids not only about good music, but how to play good music. Makes me think there's still hope for the up and coming generations. There's more videos in his students' channel.
    Hell, if anything, now's a great time for musicians, with so many different avenues to get noticed, like social networking sites and Youtube. The only thing you need to ask yourself is if you really have anything to say at all. If you want to "change the world," what exactly is it that you want to change? Do you actually want to change the world, or just your place in it?
    I love Dave so much. I feel like I've known him for years even though I've never met him. can't f*cking wait for this movie
    Danjo's Guitar
    How are we supposed to get ahold of it? I doubt it will be in theaters anywhere near me, if its supposed to be in theaters at all.
    pre-order the documentry from his website, like NOW! its 10 bucks to pre-order and get a download of the film on feb,1st. but it is a limited offer so I'd hurry.
    If only I knew music would pay my rent and copious other bills I would totally be down, but when you know you suck too much to make a career out of it, its best not to try!
    I believe step three of Dave's four step process is to sound like shit... I don't really see how you can suck too much to sound like shit...
    I know Dave is more than beloved, but, I just can't help to believe he's really really full of himself
    you don't really know him very well then. I can't say any of us do but at least we pay attention to him when he's on camera or something. he's 1 of the nicest guys in rock.
    His not really full of himself. I know it can seem like that when his talking about stuff but if you've seen the videos of when he was in nirvana you'd know he really doesn't take himself seriously.
    Rock bands don't change the world like they used to, nor will they ever again.
    this is exactly what is wrong..... giving up before you even start
    I agree. If rock musicians thought like that 50-60 years ago, rock and it's subgenres would probably never exist.
    link no1
    I'm pretty sure people have been thinking like that for 50-60 years. There are always going to be pessimistic people.
    This was really good to read, because I've thought about this while being forced to listen to the popular crap of today, and after watching videos of KISS with the original lineup. I would like to start that next amazing, fun to watch and to listen to, rock 'n roll party band, but being a good musician is easier said than done.
    why do i feel like josh freese will tour with QOTSA while they get a new drummer. guys drummed for every band, so why not this one? he did the last offspring album, and the drumming was good on that
    Well getting back behind the kit and not making more god awful average music with the Foo Fighters would be a start.