Dave Grohl's New HBO Series 'Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways' Sets Premiere Date

Dave Grohl poses backstage with the GRAMMY Charities Signings during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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The series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways will debut on HBO on Oct. 17 and air on Fridays from 11 p.m. to midnight.

Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, each episode of the documentary series is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural environment and people defining that city’s unique musical identity.

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The band visited eight American cities rooted in music -- Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. -- where Grohl interviewed some of the musicians who helped shape those sounds and used each conversation as inspiration to write and record an original song for the next Foo Fighters album.

The shows will feature the Foos performing with local artists such as Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen in Chicago, who participated on Grohl's documentary on the L.A. recording studio Sound City.

"After making 'Sound City,' I realized that the pairing of music and documentary works well because the stories give substance and depth to the song, which makes for a stronger emotional connection," Grohl told Billboard in May. "So I thought, 'I want to do this again, but instead of just walking into a studio and telling its story, I want to travel across America and tell its story.'"