SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor spoke to Artisan News about his collaboration with Dave Grohl on the FOO FIGHTERS frontman and ex-NIRVANA drummer’s upcoming documentary about the studio where NIRVANA recorded its landmark album “Nevermind”.
Before Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California closed its doors as a commercial studio in May 2011, it was used by a number of legendary musicians, including FLEETWOOD MAC, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and NINE INCH NAILS. The studios on Cabrito Road off the 405 freeway have been refurbished and are now rented out to producers, though the Skeeter family still owns and manages the place.
Grohl has been vocal about his appreciation for the role the studio has played in furthering his career and has reportedly acquired the 1970s Neve sound board that served many artists, telling a member of the Skeeter family, “Thank you so much for the opportunity to own the board. I wouldn’t even have the computer I’m sending you this e-mail on if it wasn’t for this board.”
Sandy Skeeter told the Daily News last September, “I think there were a few other things that went into the [‘Nevermind’] record beside the board, like [NIRVANA‘s] songwriting and their playing and production. But he’s just the right person to have the board.”
Earlier this month, Grohl opened up about the upcoming film in an issue of Rolling Stone magazine, saying, “When Sound City closed last year, it was a very sad day. That place was like a church. The list of people that recorded there reads like a virtual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… We recorded ‘Nevermind’ there back in 1991.”
He continued, “That funky old place had the best drum room in world. The drum sound at the beginning of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ — that’s Sound City.
“I decided to make a film about that feeling you get when you put five guys in a room, hit ‘record’ and the hair on the back of your neck stands up.”
He added, “Expect some epic jam sessions.”
Artisan News caught up with Taylor earlier in the month at the first-ever Rock Roll Roast at The Grove in Anaheim, California and asked him about the experience of working with Grohl (see video below).
“[Dave is] doing a documentary about the legendary board from Sound City that everybody and their mom recorded on — everybody from ‘Nevermind’ to, actually, [SLIPKNOT‘s] ‘Iowa’,” Corey said. “And he’s slowly but surely gotten all these people together to make music on that board again. And he called me. He was like, ‘Would you like to do a tune?’ I was like, ‘Are you serious? I’m on a plane right now.’ And it’s really cool, because it’s me, Dave and Rick Nielsen [CHEAP TRICK] on one tune. And I’m like, ‘Ahh…. Excuse me?!’ It’s just a huge check mark on my bucket list, let’s put it that way. And I’m really ecstatic. It’s a really good tune.”
Other musicians that are expected to take part in the documentary include RATT‘s Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini, as well as REO SPEEDWAGON frontman Kevin Cronin.