After playing a surprise gig at Washington, DC's 9:30 Club earlier this month, the Foo Fighters have now unveiled some details about their forthcoming album as well as an HBO series. The band's eighth album – due this fall on Roswell/RCA – will be accompanied by an HBO series documenting the making of the record, which was recorded in eight different cities. Dave Grohl directed the series, which finds the band tapping into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight towns – Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC and New York – basing themselves at a legendary studio in each location. One song was recorded in each city, and every song features local legends sitting in with the Foos.
Grohl also held off on putting down lyrics until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process. Some of the musicians who reportedly took part include members of Cheap Trick, Kiss' Paul Stanley, Heart's Nancy Wilson, The Eagles' Joe Walsh and Fugazi's Ian MacKaye.
The HBO series, in Grohl's words, is "a love letter to the history of American music." Each episode delves into the regional identity of each city and how it shaped the legendary local musicians in their formative years. Grohl's interviews with these musicians are integral to the show and the creation of the album. The as-yet-untitled show will premiere on the eve of Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary, according to the band's website.