Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are back – and they’re giving fans a double dose of excitement this fall.
“Grohl will direct the series in addition to hosting and will visit legendary recording studios in eight cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and New York. The series will coincide with both [the] Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary and a new album, which Grohl confirmed will be out this fall.”
The Foo Fighters have been a preeminent force on the modern rock scene since their debut in 1995. Following the death of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, Grohl recorded the self-titled Foo Fighters debut album before any official band was even formed. Recruiting ex-Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear as it’s first member, Dave’s Foo Fighters were off and running, establishing themselves as the signature go-to for alternative music in their almost twenty-year lifespan.
And while other bands have a hard time dazzling their fans after that long, Grohl and the Foo Fighters still know how to keep the recording process fresh. As he mentioned in an interview with Rolling Stone late last year, Dave described the process very succinctly:
“It’s badass. We’re doing something that nobody knows about. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.”
And with the announcement of the new Foo Fighters HBO documentary series, the world is finally privy to exactly what Grohl meant. Dave Grohl biographer Paul Brannigan, author of This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl, first broke the news of the HBO doc in Classic Rock magazine. He described the series as an extension of Grohl’s award winning Sound City documentary:
“The series will see the Foo Fighters’ frontman visit, and record music at, some of the world’s most iconic recording studios. Grohl will also conduct interviews for the series, speaking with some of the artists who have recorded at each facility.”
Grohl followed up this announcement with a press release of his own, giving further insight into the HBO documentary. In it, he described recording one song in each city, with local iconic musicians including Kiss’ Paul Stanley, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh and Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye. Dave also mentioned saving the lyric writing process to the last day of recording “in order to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.”
Catch Dave Grohl and the new Foo Fighters album out this fall. No official date has been set as to when the HBO documentary series will air.
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