FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS Debuts Friday, 10.17.14

By Jef Dinsmore on Oct 16, 2014 to Documentaries

FOO_logoThe Foo Fighters are about to rock your world from sites all over the country. Are you ready to travel the SONIC HIGHWAYS? HBOWatch posted the official Press Release back on 05.15.14 announcing the arrival of this documentary series showcasing the talents of Dave Grohl and band as they travel the country fleshing out a new album. That followed up with the first Teaser (06.29.14) and  a Premiere Announcement on 07.11.14. Now the show is ready to premiere. The first episode debuts Friday, October 17 at 11:00pm ET and takes us to Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago has been a mecca for music of all sorts, with acts as diverse as Cheap Trick, Etta James, Smashing Pumpkins, Herbie Hancock, Chicago and Kanye West. This  premiere episode chronicles the city’s musical evolution from the blues of Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters in the ‘50s and ‘60s, to the quintessentially mid-western rock of Cheap Trick in the ‘70s and the punk rock ‘80s, as exemplified by Naked Raygun. At Electrical Audio studios, Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters connect with owner Steve Albini, a Chicago musical icon as a founding member of Big Black, Shellac and more, who produced and recorded Nirvana’s third album, “In Utero.” Later, they’re joined by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

In celebration of the premiere, HBO will collaborate with Facebook to present Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: Live from The Cubby Bear, a live stream of the Foo Fighters premiere party concert, which will be made available to fans in the U.S. on the HBO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hbo.

Photo: Andrew Stuart

The second episode takes them to Washington D. C. and it debuts October 24. A transient town where few are born and raised, Washington, D.C. is in many ways a city of extremes. Starland Vocal Band, Marvin Gaye, Duke Ellington, Nils Lofgren, Chuck Brown, Henry Rollins, Fugazi and Trouble Funk all hail from D.C. In the early ‘70s, the music style go-go originated here, and has remained a local craze ever since. Dave Grohl sits down with Trouble Funk’s Big Tony Fisher to talk about go-go, and explores its origins with Chuck Brown, the genre’s undisputed godfather. He also chats with Don Zientara, owner of Inner Ear Studio, which the Virginia-raised Grohl says “produced the entire soundtrack of my youth,” as well as with members of the punk band Bad Brains and Ian MacKaye of Teen Idles, Minor Threat and Fugazi, who all recorded at Inner Ear over the decades.

In conclusion here are the Foo Fighter’s own words on what to expect from the series. Here what they have to say and check out FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS on Friday nights after REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER.

  • Eleonora Iafano

    I can’t wait to watch this! I love Foo Fighters and was a Nirvana fan in the 1990s (when I actually had very long hair and owned a pair of Doc Marten boots). Love the idea of musicians cross collaborating to create new sounds and songs!










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