Watch Dave Grohl Perform a Marathon 30-plus Minute Rendition of His Instrumental Epic, "Play"

Watch Dave Grohl Perform a Marathon 30-plus Minute Rendition of His Instrumental Epic, "Play"

- By Ramon Gonzales

The first and only performance from Grohl was the highlight of Warren Haynes' 'The Benefit Concert Volume 20,’ recorded during the 30th Annual Christmas Jam which benefiting Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

If ever there was any doubt that Dave Grohl is nothing less than relentless while onstage, this should provide indisputable proof that he is in a class all his own. 

For the first and only time ever, Grohl performed his 23-minute instrumental opus, "Play" as a highlight from venerated guitarist Warren Haynes' 30th Annual Christmas Jam. The benefit event has become an annual tradition that raises funds for the Asheville, NC Area Habitat for Humanity. 

The one-of-a-kind live version of Grrohl's “Play” was recorded and will anchor the upcoming December 8th release, The Benefit Concert Volume 20. Taking to the stage with Greg Kurstin (keys), guitarists Jason Falkner, Alain Johannes and Barrett Jones, Chris Chaney (bass) and Drew Hester (percussion), Grohl executed his instrumental odyssey in which he composed all of the instrumentation. 

The original version of the song clocked in at 23-minutes, however in the only live performance, Grohl extended his marathon one-song showcase to an astounding 36-minute epic. Video of the jaw-dropping performance can be see below. 

The Benefit Concert Volume 20 boasts a compilation of sensational performances from Warren Haynes’ 30th Annual Christmas Jam which was recorded December 7th and 8th in 2018. Among the artists featured aside from Grohl and Haynes include Eric Church, Joe Bonamassa, Gov’t Mule, Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, Jamey Johnson, Edwin McCain, Kevn Kinney, Tyler Ramsey, Scott Murawski, and Ron Holloway, along with Machan Taylor, Mini Carlsson, Mike Barnes, and Ray Sisk sitting in with Gov’t Mule.

The Benefit Concert Volume 20 is set to be released December 8th via Evil Teen Records/Mascot Label Group and will be available on four different double vinyl variants including purple, orange, blue, red. The release will also be available via 2-CD + DVD set, and 3-CD + 2 Blu-ray set in addition to digital-only format. Bundles are also available now to pre-order - HERE

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