I was that kid. The one whose life was changed the minute he heard AC/DC and Zeppelin, Hendrix and the Doors, Dio and Iron Maiden, Black Flag and the Pistols. My unwavering devotion to rock and roll, in all its many forms, made me the person I am today -- and because of that I stand in awe of those who play it and feel a kinship with those who appreciate it with the same zeal that I do and always have.
Last night at the Palladium in Hollywood, I got the rare opportunity to bask in the glow of two full generations of the music I love, all thanks to Dave Grohl, who put together a tribute to Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California by bringing together some of the most powerful names in pop and rock history. The Sound City Players featured members of the Foo Fighters and Rage Against the Machine as well as Alain Johannes, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Corey Taylor, Krist Novoselic, Rick Nielsen, Lee Ving and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I got to hear BRMC play with Grohl on drums. Alain Johannes do Eleven's Reach Out. Ving do old Fear songs backed by another punk legend, Pat Smear. Rick Springfield belt his way through Jessie's Girl. Corey Taylor, Grohl, Novoselic and Nielsen do Surrender and Grohl and the great Stevie Nicks close out the evening with a version of Landslide that just about brought tears to my eyes.
Sound City was a temple to the music I love. And the Sound City Players are a reminder of why I still worship rock and roll.