AUSTIN - Dave Grohl topped off his multimedia campaign at South By Southwest Thursday night with a star-studded concert featuring many of the artists who appeared in his documentary Sound City.
John Fogerty, Rick Springfield and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen all took turns joining Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmates onstage. But Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks got the most impassioned welcome from the packed-like-sardines crowd at Stubb's.
"There's not going to be too many shows where you are going to see these people who are onstage," Grohl told the crowd before bringing out Nicks for a "dream" duet of Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.
Before performing You Can't Fix This, a new song that appears in the documentary and on its soundtrack (both out earlier this week), Nicks dedicated it to a godson who died of an overdose. Grohl and company provided tight underpinnings for her performances of Dreams and Landslide and drummer Taylor Hawkins seemingly mustered up his inner Mick Fleetwood for his intense thrashing at the end of Gold Dust Woman.
Citi, which presented the show, gave free Sound City T-shirts to Citi cardholders.
For his film Sound City, which had several screenings at SXSW and chronicles the history of the storied Van Nuys, Calif., music studio, the Foo Fighters frontman interviewed many of the musicians who performed Thursday, including Rick Springfield, Fear frontman Lee Ving, Masters of Reality singer and guitarist Chris Goss, and Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age).
Earlier Thursday, Grohl delivered the SXSW keynote speech. "It was hallowed ground, but it looked like no one had cleaned up the place since Lindsey (Buckingham) and Stevie had been runners there," he said.
Nicks, who had her own documentary In Your Dreams screen at SXSW, and Buckingham were recording at the studio when they connected with Mick Fleetwood, who joined the group. Together, they recorded the 1975 multi-platinum Fleetwood Mac album there.
"We're all here," Grohl told the crowd, "because we love Sound City."