Dave Grohl performed his 23-minute instrumental song for his "Play" documentary live for the first time Saturday night (December 8) at Warren Haynes's 30th annual "Christmas Jam" at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The FOO FIGHTERS frontman was joined by members of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and JANE'S ADDICTION, as well as producer Greg Kurstin.
Grohl handled drums for "Play"'s live interpretation. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Alain Johannes, Jason Falkner, and Laundry Room Studios' Barrett Jones all played guitar, alongside Kurstin on keyboards, JANE'S ADDICTION's Chris Chaney on bass, and FOO FIGHTERS collaborator Drew Hester on percussion.
"Play" was first unveiled last August in a two-part documentary of the same name that ended with Grohl performing the song on seven different instruments. Grohl created the project to showcase "the rewards and challenges of dedicating ones life to playing and mastering a musical instrument."
Grohl performed the entire piece on one instrument at a time and then merged the videos of each to create a seven-piece one-man band. The first part of "Play" focused on the behind-the-scenes preparation for the performance, which was unveiled in the second part. The film was also intercut with young musicians from the Join The Band music school in the San Fernando Valley practicing their craft. Grohl said: "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."
Proceeds from "Christmas Jam" benefit the Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity.