Watch Dave Grohl’s Only Live Performance Of Epic ‘Play’ From Christmas Jam 2018

Watch the all-star collaboration previewing The Benefit Concert Volume 20 live album.

By Andy Kahn Dec 1, 2023 8:55 am PST

In August 2018, Dave Grohl released a 23-minute instrumental track entitled “Play,” which to date has been performed live by the Foo Fighters frontman only one time. Official video footage of Grohl’s lone performance of “Play,” from Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam in December 2018, has been released.

Grohl’s live premiere of “Play” is part of The Benefit Concert Volume 20 live album culled from the 30th Annual Christmas Jam. Along with Grohl’s “Play,” The Benefit Concert Volume 20 features live recordings of Eric Church, Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule, Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, Jamey Johnson, Edwin McCain, Kevn Kinney, Tyler Ramsey, Scott Murawski, Ron Holloway and more. The compilation is set for release on Friday, December 8.

JamBase’s coverage of Christmas Jam 2018 detailed Grohl’s set with this report:

One of the more unusual sets in Christmas Jam history came next, as Dave Grohl led the debut performance of his “Play” suite. Grohl was on drums, while producer Greg Kurstin was on keys, Foo Fighters collaborator Chris Chaney played bass, Drew Hester handled percussion duties and Barrett Jones, Jason Falkner and Alain Johannes gave the song its triple-guitar attack. The newly-formed band nailed Dave’s complex composition and expanded it ever so slightly before vacating the stage.

The expansive 36-minute live performance of “Play” was also augmented by “prominent Asheville-based busker and advocate for street performance” Abby The Spoon Lady, “whose unique spoon-playing skill brought an unexpected and captivating dimension to ‘Play.’”

Watch Dave Grohl’s only live performance to date of his instrumental opus “Play” below:


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Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam 2023 takes place at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville on Saturday, December 9. A livestream, including the the Pre-Jam on Friday, December 8, is available via Volume.com.

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