Dave Grohl is set to release a new documentary about touring and vans, What Drives Us, on April 30th.
The film, co-produced by Foo Fighters, features interviews with a number of the finest names in the music business, including the likes of Flea, Steven Tyler, Lars Ulrich, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee, Pat Smear, Ringo Starr, St. Vincent, Slash and many more.
“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,” Grohl said in a statement. “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?’”
The first trailer for the forthcoming documentary has dropped and you can check it out below.
Dave Grohl made his directorial debut back in 2013 with the Sundance documentary Sound City, about the Van Nuys, California studio where Nirvana recorded their landmark album, Nevermind. He also directed the eight-part HBO documentary series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, back in 2014. The documentary would go on to win two Emmy Awards.
Check out What Drives Us trailer:
In other news, Dave Grohl recently announced his debut memoir, The Storyteller, will arrive on October 5th via Dey Street Books. The book was inspired by the writing he did for his Dave’s True Stories Instagram account, which he created last year in the thick of the coronavirus lockdown.
“There is a common thread that runs throughout everything that I do: storytelling. Whether in song, documentary film or on the page, I have always felt compelled to share moments from my life. This inclination is a huge part of what excites me creatively but also as a human being,” Grohl said in a press release.
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“I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was the same as the feeling I get when playing a song to an audience, so I kept on writing. The response from readers was a soul-filling as any applause in an arena. So, I took stock of all the experiences I’ve had in my life-incredible, difficult, funny and emotional-and decided it was time to finally put them into words.”