Dave Grohl Directing HBO Documentary Series on Making of Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary Record

By May 16, 2014

Though Dave Grohl is known as being one of the nicest guys in the music business and rocking out as the frontman of his band Foo Fighters, in 2013 he became a filmmaker by directing the documentary Sound City, about the recording studio of the same name. Now he’s getting behind the camera for the small screen too.

Deadline has word that Dave Grohl is teaming with HBO to direct a new documentary series that will follow the making of his band’s currently untitled eighth album. This is a special endeavor, because it will also mark the 20th anniversary of the rock group that has won plenty of Grammys and has toured all over the world.

The series will follow Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters around in the eight cities in which this new album was made. That includes Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and New York, where one song was recorded in each city. Local musicians worked with Foo Fighters at a different studio in each city to capture the unique ambiance and environment of each locale.

Dave Grohl - Foo Fighters

Grohl’s debut film Sound City was a great documentary for anyone who loves rock and roll and the history of great music. Though it had some issues that come from being a first-time filmmaker, Grohl’s passion and love for music was all over that flick, and that’s what matters most. Michael Lombardo, President of Programming at HBO recognizes that passion saying:

Dave’s heartfelt passion for this project is contagious, and his talent as a musician and filmmaker is undeniable. We are excited to go on this journey with him and Foo Fighters for this insider’s look at how regional music inspired them to create their own new music.

That’s standard publicity fluff, but it’s hard to disagree with him. Grohl is a musical giant, and a man of the people. There isn’t a nicer guy topping the charts today, and he’s been around for decades. For those who might be too young to remember, Grohl was also the drummer for Nirvana, one of the most revered bands of the ’90s, credited with changing the face of rock music.

The documentary series will premiere on HBO sometime later this year. Do you plan on tuning in?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Sound City was pretty good – I’ll be interested to see how Grohl handles the pacing of multiple episodes instead of a feature film.