HBO has released a new trailer for its upcoming Foo Fighters series, Sonic Highways, which follows the band across the country, recording in different studios in different cities with an all-star cast of different musicians.
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“I really believe that the environment in which you write record an album, it influences the musical result,” Dave Grohl narrates in the trailer. That idea influenced him to hit the road for his band’s eighth studio album, finding, “You can tie all these people and places together with these sonic highways. … This is a musical map of America.”
The three-and-a-half minute clip shows the band in New Orleans, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cites, talking music with the hometown heroes including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Slash, Macklemore, Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye, Steve Albini, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Clive Davis, LL Cool J., Pharrell and others. Also in there are non-musicians President Barack Obama and Rolling Stone writer David Fricke.
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“This isn’t just the making of our most ambitious album,” Grohl says. “This is a love letter to the history of American music.”
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways premieres Friday, October 17 at 11 p.m. on HBO. Watch the new trailer here: