AUSTIN, Texas -- By many accounts the South by Southwest music festival is about discovering new talent: the fresh-faced indie-pop outfit, for instance, or the precocious laptop wizard just stepping beyond the walls of his bedroom.
Dave Grohl doesn't share that view.
On Thursday night, hours after delivering SXSW's keynote speech at the Austin Convention Center, Grohl and a handful of his famous friends took over Stubb's for what he described as the final performance by the Sound City Players. It's the band he put together in connection with his documentary "Sound City," which recounts the tale of the grungy Van Nuys recording studio where Grohl's old band Nirvana, among many other acts, made some of its most well-known music. And on Thursday it spent nearly 3 1/2 hours reanimating a number of rock's biggest hits.
"It's my life's greatest gift that I get to call up these people who I consider heroes and have them come onstage and jam with me," Grohl said.
Among those heroes was Stevie Nicks, who sang tunes including "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Landslide" and (a very dreamy) "Dreams." She also did "You Can't Fix This," a strong new song from the "Sound City" soundtrack. But Nicks was best in a muscular rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman," for which she went into her signature whirling-dervish mode, arms outstretched, long blond hair whipping around her.