Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer 2014 TCA: HBO's Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

Did you know Foo Fighters has been around for 20 years? I hadn't, until I realized that I saw them in concert 13 years ago, and they had been around for a while. At this point, the band has racked up eleven Grammys and sold 25M+ albums, so Dave Grohl really wanted to do something different with their upcoming eighth album (which will have more than eight songs), scheduled for a November release. Only Grohl was present at the panel, though current band members also include Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
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This resulted in an eight-part documentary premiering in October, where each hour-long installment will take place in a different American city and include a live recording of a different song. In doing so, Grohl is hoping to depict "the heart and soul of America's musical identity." The history and anthropology of each location (Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, Washington, DC) will be told by local legends such as Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and Trombone Shorty, and current musical currents will also be explored.

Here's what's most interesting about the project, though: although they already had the instrumentals, Grohl waited to write the lyrics for each city's song until the last day of each session so that he was able to be inspired by "the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process."

Watch for Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways to debut in October on HBO. 

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