No news here, it’s been a busy past few months for Dave Grohl. With the Nirvana’s Hall of Fame induction, to secret shows in pizza parlors, and news that the next Foo Fighters album is going to be birthed in multiple studios. That last bit, however, may be evolving into something more.
The fresh director, hot off of the trails of a Soundgarden video and a feature length documentary, now appears to be taking his talents to your living room. Paul Brannigan — the author of a popular Dave Grohl biography and a self-described friend of the musician — announced this morning that Grohl will produce and host a documentary style television program set to air on HBO this winter.
The show will be based around a similar idea of Sound City, but put on the road as Grohl travels to various historic studios across the country and documents their stories. According to Brannigan, the rumored Foo Fighters studio hopping may have been steered toward this project; Grohl has already covered Inner Ear Studios in Washington D.C. as well as Steve Albini’s Electrical Studio in Chicago, and more. At this time, the Foo frontman has also interviewed Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Joe Walsh from the Eagles, punk legend Ian Mackaye, and Paul Stanley from KISS – who almost blew Grohl’s HBO cover last year with a quickly deleted tweet.
But this news of the real mystery behind the studio visits should not worry fans of Foo Fighters, it doesn’t mean they haven’t been working on their album as well. While Joe Walsh was putting in his two cents for the show, he also recorded some material with the band at the Rancho De La Luna studio. He told Hollywood Reporter:
“I was a Foo Fighter for two days and played on a track of theirs that’s gonna come out.” The Foos collaboration came about through a mutual friend. “Drew Hester, my drummer for my solo gigs, is a great friend of all of those guys, so I hooked up through him.”
It should also be noted that Grohl has not been the only visitor to these studios. Every report of a Foo spotting in these towns has included the entire band. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the band was able to multitask at each studio they visit, perhaps gaining more guests in the process. Running producer Butch Vig confirmed earlier this spring that the group would likely wrap up recording this summer and release their eighth album in the late fall. You can listen to that confirmation for yourself below.
While no official dates are confirmed for any upcoming news, it is safe to say it isn’t hard to believe any of it. We’ll bring you the latest as it comes.