There isn’t much that Dave Grohl can’t do. The singer for the Foo Fighters and the former sticksman of Nirvana, Grohl has been a part of two of the greatest bands in musical history. It’s a feat that he could have only dreamed of when he started his life in a band, cruising around the toilet circuit, hoping to play his songs for more than the bar staff.
It’s a rite of passage for many bands. Touring is a difficult thing to do, and Grohl understands that driving across the country to play in a series of small shows isn’t for everyone — but he also notes that it is a rite of passage for any aspiring band. He understands it so well, in fact, that he’s made a documentary, What Drives Us, featuring some of the biggest names in the business, such as Ringo Starr, Lars Ulrich, St Vincent and Slash.
The original announcement of the documentary came alongside the Foo Fighters’ 25th-anniversary tour, which they had dubbed ‘The Van Tour’. While that run of shows was eventually scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic, Grohl’s documentary took shape and is soon released by The Coda Collection and Amazon Prime on April 30th. You can watch the first trailer below.
“This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music,” said Grohl of the documentary that features some of the biggest names in rock music history including AC/DC’s Brian Johnston and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea.
“What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of ‘why?’ What drives us?’”
Watch the trailer for What Drives Us, below.