Dave Grohl fronts ‘Sonic Highways’ TV series trailer

Following the announcement that Dave Grohl has recorded a documentary series for HBO, a teaser trailer for the programme has been released. You can watch the clip above.

Titled Sonic Highways, the series is set to follow Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmates as they tour historic recording studios in various locations across the USA, recording tracks in each for their forthcoming album.

“It all started with the idea of recording in different studios all over the country,” says Grohl in the voiceover. “Doing something to make it new. You can tie all of these people and places together with these ‘sonic highways’. This is a musical map of America.”

Each of the eight scheduled episodes will see the band travel to a different US city and write and record a new song, collaborating with musicians local to that area. Destinations include Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC and New York.

Every lyric was written on the very last day of each recording session, meaning the experiences and personalities became part of the process. Guests are set to include Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement: “Dave’s heartfelt passion for this project is contagious and his talent as a musician and filmmaker is undeniable. We are excited to go on this journey with him and the Foo Fighters for this insider’s look at how regional music inspired them to create their own new music.”

Grohl served as director on the project following the success of his 2013 documentary film, Sound City.

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Foo Fighters to release new album this autumn

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Reports are rife that Foo Fighters are set to release their new studio album this autumn.

The as yet untitled follow up to 2011’s Wasting Light will be released through Roswell/RCA to coincide with the airing of an HBO documentary series detailing the making of the record.

The series follows director and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl through eight legendary recording studios in eight different cities, with the band recording songs in each location.

A press release about the series states: “One song was recorded in each city, every song featuring local legends sitting in, and every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

“Each episode delves into the singular regional identity of each city – how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns – ultimately celebrating their common bond: Every artist that appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with the universal dreams of making music and making it big.”

Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming said: “Dave’s heartfelt passion for this project is contagious and his talent as a musician and filmmaker is undeniable. We are excited to go on this journey with him and the Foo Fighters for this insider’s look at how regional music inspired them to create their own new music.”

Watch this space for further news.

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HBO releases Springsteen documentary trailer

Springsteen London 2013HBO have released a trailer for their forthcoming Bruce Springsteen documentary.

Titled High Hopes, the film follows Springsteen as he works on his latest album of the same name. The record was released in January 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, and the trailer for the documentary shows Springsteen recruiting Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and beginning work on the LP.

Speaking about his songwriting in the trailer, Springsteen says: “I find I’m trying to resolve something internally. That’s really the thrust. It’s where all the fuel for what you’re going to do is.”

High Hopes is scheduled to air on HBO on the 4th April, and you can watch the trailer below.

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Jagger and Scorsese for ‘A History of Music’

Reknowned director Martin Scorsese and legendary frontman of The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger are teaming up to make a ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ drama for US TV station HBO. Titled A History of Music, the show is described as an epic tale of two friends and their 40 years in the music industry.

Scorsese and Jagger have worked together previously on The Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light. That film featured cameos from Jack White, Christina Aguilera and former President Bill Clinton amongst others.

Sopranos writer Terence Winter is also onboard for A History of Music and Scorsese is tipped to direct the first series if it is picked up for broadcast. Scorsese and Winter have also been working together on another series for HBO, the Atlantic City set prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire, set to premiere on the 19th of September.