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Tubular Grohls: Dave Plays Solo

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Dave Grohl
Release Date: August 10, 2018

Omma Dave…

On the just released song Play, The Foo FightersDave Grohl challenged himself to create a 23 minute musical journey all on his own. 

Play is proggy, slightly cinematic, not unlike Porcupine Tree’s longer excursions, but don’t come expecting a Dream Theater style soloing workout. This is essentially about Grohl on drums and heavy chorded guitar riffs with a few keyboard and percussive embellishments.

Other do-it-yourselfers like Paul McCartney (a recent Grohl collaborator), may come to mind; Todd Rundgren (A Wizard, A True Star, Something/Anything) – sure. But this particular piece, with its evolving rhythmic changes, simple melodic lines, and arpeggios reminds me most of the early 1970’s work of Michael Oldfield (Tubular Bells, Ommadawn).

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Gotta Whole Lotta Dave.

Daves of Future Past…

Previously Dave and the Foo Fighters have looked to the past for inspiration. He has paid homage to Sound City recording studios and its iconic mixing console. The group have traveled North America to write and collaborate in the historical seats of specific musical idioms and produced the Sonic Highways series to document their experiences. With Play the drummer has his sites set on the next generation.

The accompanying video reveals that the multi-instrumentalist was inspired by watching his own kids and other youngsters just beginning to learn their instruments; really digging in and applying themselves to the task. It’s an obsession required to master music and students at Join the Band are interviewed about their experience. Guitarist Henry sums up the required repetition and regimen “…I try to play it. If I mess up on a part, I go back to the beginning of the song …mess up again, I go back” He concludes succinctly, “It’s kind of annoying, but I like it.”

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The kids are alright.

Grohl says “It’s awesome seeing these kids trying to figure it out. I’m still trying to figure it out. …looking for the next challenge. Doing something I’ve never done before.” To that end Grohl deciding to record the Play tracks stem to stern – completely non-stop. That meant starting from the top of each take should a mistake be made, even in the eleventh hour. No punch in’s allowed. 

SkeletonPete Says…
The song is a fun, exciting and involving listen. The video is a must watch. It has already served to entice me back into a creative musical mood. So, see you all later. I’m setting up to play.

Picture Yourself: Morrison Hotel Gallery Launches 50th Anniversary Beatles Photo Celebration

It Was 50 Years Ago Today, Literally…
I’m writing this at 11:12 AM on Sunday February 9, 2014. 50 years ago, at this moment, America at large was mostly unaware of a group of four long haired lads from someplace in England called Liverpool, though a persistent gnat-like buzz about something called The Beatles was infiltrating their consciousness via a building media feeding frenzy.

That evening, introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Sunday night staple of family television viewing, 73 million people tuned in and everything changed.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery in SOHO NYC launched their Beatles 50th Anniversary Photo Celebration with a bustling opening night event.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery in SOHO NYC launched their Beatles 50th Anniversary Photo Celebration with a bustling opening night event.

Tell Me What You See…
As a February 1964-2014 celebration The Morrison Hotel Gallery has mounted a 30 image collection, curated by Julian Lennon, mostly focused the events of the Fab’s American arrival, first US concerts, and Sullivan show appearances.

Guests crowded the gallery’s opening night event, discussed their favorite images and the influence that The Beatles have had on their lives, to a background of the Sullivan show performances.

Gallery owner Peter Blachley greeted Pattie Boyd, the former Mrs. George Harrison, who has several images in the exhibition. Boyd was interviewed by Japan Broadcasting Company NHK. CBS’s Anthony Mason, who will host an online “warm-up” for tonight’s commemorative broadcast, was also in attendance. (Editor’s Note – 02.10.14: An overview of that event, featuring Pattie Boyd, Peter Asher, Andrew Loog Oldham, Neil Innes, Felix Calvaliere and many others can be found here)

Pattie Boyd discusses her photo work and Beatle lore with Erina Aoyama of Japan's NHK Broadcasting.

Pattie Boyd discusses her photo work and Beatle lore with Erina Aoyama of Japan’s NHK Broadcasting.

There are plenty of iconic images, like the Fabs’ emerging from the airplane in New York City to screaming fans, along with a nice selection of shots new to even those of us who have been following along since 1964. Of interest to photographers will be Robert Whitaker’s proof sheet from the Sullivan show appearance.

Along with the familiar on-stage and staged images we’re treated to a number of peeks at the group behind the scenes. These fly-on-the-wall moments, in the back of a limo or relaxing in a hotel room, nicely balance with the running, jumping, standing still PR confections. They are like a look inside the eye of a publicity hurricane.

Photographer Charles Trainor captured future world wide icons on the rise in 1964.

Photographer Charles Trainor captured future world wide icons on the rise in 1964.

Punch Brothers…
Charles Trainor’s documentation of “the boys” Goon Show style encounter with Muhammed Ali (then Cassius Clay) still stands as a brilliant, though last minute, press coup that in its time seemed to legitimize the careers of each burgeoning star.

SkeletonPete Says…
The Morrison Hotel Gallery exhibit includes the work of the aforementioned Trainor, Whitaker and Boyd, along with images by Curt Gunther, Terry O’Neill and Ken Regan. Limited Edition prints are available for purchase in a number of sizes. The exhibition runs through February at the Gallery’s Loft space, 124 Prince Street, 2nd floor, SOHO, NYC.

I was 9 years old when that first Sullivan Show appearance was broadcast. As with so many others, The Beatles became part of my personal timeline and their artistic growth always of interest, but nothing ever really matched the sheer exuberance of that experience.

As someone who in the past has surreptitiously used February 9, 1964 as the Facebook birthdate for my own band, it was great to meet so many people who have only experienced The Beatles in historical retrospect but are appreciative of that performance which turned into a cultural watershed.