Foo Fighters Plot Weeklong ‘Letterman’ Residency
Foo Fighters will spend a week in New York next week as the musical guests of Late Show With David Letterman, playing covers of songs inspired by their forthcoming record Sonic Highways each night. Additionally, Dave Grohl will sit for an interview with the talk-show host on October 13th, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Grohl’s documentary series, also titled Sonic Highways, which premieres on HBO on October 17th. The film chronicles the making of the album – which the band recorded in eight different U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Nashville and Austin, among others, since each has its own unique musical history – as well as the musical history of each locale. A three-and-a-half-minute preview for the series showed interviews with artists like Dolly Parton, Slash, Clive Davis, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, LL Cool J, Macklemore and more, as well as non-musicians like President Barack Obama and Rolling Stone’s David Fricke.
“This isn’t just the making of our most ambitious album,” Grohl said in the preview. “This is a love letter to the history of American music.”
Initially, Grohl had hoped to record the Sonic Highways album in various international cities, but he realized that would be “financially impossible,” as he told Rolling Stone. “We’re an American band,” he said. “We wouldn’t be the band we are if it wasn’t for the cities here and their music.”
The Butch Vig–produced record Sonic Highways will come out on November 11th with eight new songs. “This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it,” Grohl said in a statement when the album was announced. “I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our ‘sound.'”