Dave Grohl Releases First and Only Live Performance of “Play,” Expanding His Epic 23-Minute Composition to a Monumental 36 Minutes
Watch/stream “Play” here:
The performance is a highlight of Warren Haynes‘ ‘The Benefit Concert Volume 20,’ Capturing the 30th Annual Christmas Jam and Benefiting Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Available December 8th via Evil Teen Records/Mascot Label Group.
Pre-order here: https://lnk.to/warrenhaynes
The upcoming release of ‘The Benefit Concert Volume 20‘ by Warren Haynes includes a spectacular highlight: the first-ever–and only to date–performance of Dave Grohl’s 23-minute instrumental epic, “Play,” which extends to an extraordinary 36 minutes in its live rendition. This live performance is now available, offering fans the opportunity to witness “Play” being brought to life on that unforgettable evening.
Originally composed and performed entirely by Grohl on every instrument, “Play” is an expansive journey through Grohl’s musical prowess and creativity. The video release captures the energy and intensity of “Play” as rendered by Grohl and a veritable murderers row of musical accomplices including Greg Kurstin (keys), guitarists Jason Falkner, Alain Johannes and Barrett Jones, Chris Chaney (bass) and Drew Hester (percussion). The performance’s distinctiveness was further elevated by the rhythmic artistry of Abby the Spoon Lady, a prominent Asheville-based busker and advocate for street performance, whose unique spoon-playing skill brought an unexpected and captivating dimension to “Play.” Delivering a blend of visual and auditory artistry, this one and only live version of “Play” is a key highlight of ‘The Benefit Concert Volume 20’.
‘The Benefit Concert Volume 20‘ is a collection of standout performances from Warren Haynes’ 30th Annual Christmas Jam, bringing together a diverse group of artists. The album, as well as the event itself, serve not only as a musical spectacle but also as a philanthropic endeavor, with all proceeds being donated to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. In addition to Haynes and Grohl, other featured artists on the forthcoming set include Eric Church, Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule, Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, Jamey Johnson, Edwin McCain, KevnKinney, Tyler Ramsey, Scott Murawski, and RonHolloway, along with Machan Taylor, Mini Carlsson, Mike Barnes, and Ray Sisk sitting in with Gov’t Mule. Recorded on December 7th and 8th, 2018, in Asheville, North Carolina, the concert was not just a musical feat but also a significant charitable event, raising over $2.8 million for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.
‘The Benefit Concert Volume 20’ will be available physically on four different double vinyl volumes (in different colors: purple, orange, blue, red), 2-CD + DVD set, and 3-CD + 2 Blu-ray set, along with a digital-only format. Bundles are also available now to pre-order.
Warren Haynes is a cornerstone of the American music landscape, lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of our time. His prolific career includes his tenure with the Allman Brothers Band and The Dead and as a founding member of Gov’t Mule. Produced by Haynes and executive produced by Stefani Scamardo, ‘The Benefit Concert Volume 20’ shines a light on the enduring appeal of live music and the camaraderie it fosters.
Christmas Jam returns for the 32nd annual event on December 9th, 2023. Visit www.xmasjam.com for ticketing details and to purchase.