Foo Fighters have set a premiere date for their HBO series, Sonic Highways, during which they’ll debut the first track from their upcoming eighth studio album. The inaugural episode will air Friday, October 17th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, with the other seven episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time.
Sonic Highways will document Foo Fighters’ sessions in eight different cities — Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC, and New York — as they record the album in various legendary studios. Each episode will see the band recording a song inspired by the city they’re in. Often times, the band was joined by a local musician of note; Gary Clark Jr. (Austin), Eagles’ Joe Walsh (Los Angeles), and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen (Chicago) are all said to have contributed to the record.
Frontman Dave Grohl explained to The Hollywood Reporter: “Each city has a theme. As we’re telling the story of not only the music but the history of the city, I had to find the theme first and then match it to the music. The lyrics I don’t write until the night before I sing them or sometimes an hour before. So once the music and the theme of each city was set, we traveled to each place and spent a week there. We’d get there, start recording and I would just run around town filming and interviewing as many people as I can. I did over 100 interviews. At the end of the week, I’d take all of my transcripts, put them on the floor, sit there with a pen and my journal and I reduce all of these stories into a song.”
Below, watch a teaser trailer for the show.