HBO is teaming up with Foo Fighters to document the band’s eighth studio record, along with the story of American music. Sonic Highway, the series, is due to air October 17, 2014, with the band’s album of the same name to be released November 1o, 2014. The series follows Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Taylor Hawkins as they travel to eight of the most musically rich megalopolis’ across the U.S. Described as the musical map of America, the show will deliver the history of culture-shocking musicians and genres in their birthplace.
The newly released extended trailer shows Grohl stating his belief in the environment in which one creates music affecting its result. With this in mind, the Foo Fighters travel to New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle, Austin, Nashville and Washington D.C., soaking up their inspiration in the hour long, eight episode program. They record in famous studios in each city, collaborating and performing with several famous artists along the way. Throughout their explorations, the band discovers the musical heritage of each city and absorbs cultural influence to create a new album unlike any of their others.
Amongst the musicians featured are Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Pharrell, Billy Gibbons, Joan Jett, ZZ Top, Willy Nelson, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Paul Stanley of KISS. Also teased in the trailer is an interview by Grohl with Obama, where the president talks of his perspective of the growth of American music reaching new lengths, rejecting what is already there to create something new. The band is left starstruck after meeting and making music with some of their all-time idols.
Dave Grohl has made his way from the drummer of 90s grunge sensation Nirvana to a self-established rock star in his own right. Known as a serious, hard worker in the studio, Grohl is dedicated to creating new and enjoyable music for his many fans. This makes Grohl the perfect man for HBO’s first music documentary series, which he will be both directing and starring in. It comes with great anticipation after the success of his first documentary in 2013, Sound City, about the legendary recording studio in Los Angeles where Grohl recorded Nirvana’s Nevermind.
TV and film appearances are not uncommon for Dave Grohl, appearing in movies such as the new Muppets film, and Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, with which he also helped record the soundtrack. Outside of the Foo Fighters, Grohl continues to collaborate and record with several different artists, with side projects including Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures.
As part of a HBO’s rally to pick up several new series, fans are excited to see the Foo Fighters on the “coming soon” list. The band will be performing at both Life is Good Festival in Las Vegas and Voodoo Festival in New Orleans shortly after the release of Sonic Highways. See the whole band in the new documentary series set to debut on October 17, 2014.
By Morgan Louchen