Play is a new feat for Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. As impressive a performance as you’ll see, during this 23-minute conquest, the respected musician tackles every instrument required, which in itself has been a journey of discovery for the Virginia native. During an interview with Jimmel Kimmel, Dave spoke about how he doesn’t know how to read music, doesn’t play the piano at all, and from the beginning he was forced to memorize how to play every instrument for 23 minutes without committing any mistakes. An incredible accomplishment that took two to three days to complete.
Inspired by his kids, Dave confesses “I couldn’t help to think about my kids who are musicians and watching them challenge themselves and really try to push themselves to learn new stuff. So I’m inspired by watching these kids and their friends. They have bands and they play together, they’re really trying. And you never lose that as a musician. It’s like a lifelong obsession of just pushing yourself to get to the next level.”
During this mission, if he would mess up fifteen minutes into the song, he would then start all the way from the beginning with that particular instrument. The reason for all this effort? The beginning of the documentary has an intro with kids playing instruments. He’s partnered with different organizations that are helping the youth learn and carry music into the future since many schools don’t have music programs. His goal is to assist children and attend “places they can go to learn to play and hook up with other bands and start bands so this next generation could keep going with going with playing musician.”
The entire interactive experience is available through the PLAY website, where you can download charts, see instrument layouts and become digitally immersified in the world of PLAY.
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