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Dave Grohl Visits "Hallowed Ground" for "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways"

Image courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBS (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBS (via ABC News Radio)

If all Foo Fighters wanted to do was promote their forthcoming album, "We could just go make another record in the studio, hit the road and sell a bunch of T-shirts," says frontman Dave Grohl .  Instead, the band visited music meccas across the nation to make the eight-part HBO series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways .

"These recording studios are hallowed ground.  They're churches and monuments to me," Grohl said Thursday at a press event in Beverly Hills to promote the series. 

One of those hallowed institutions is the famous Bluebird Café, a renowned Nashville venue for singers and songwriters.  Grohl recalled the surprise acoustic gig he played there last May, performing an hour-long set of some nine Foos songs.

"In Nashville it seems like there are these rites of passage that you have to go through to become a star, whether you're a singer or a songwriter,” he said, according to Rolling Stone .  “And the Bluebird is really one of those.  If you can get down at the Bluebird, you've got a gig."

Sonic Highways features Grohl traveling the country, interviewing musicians about themselves, their music and their cities.  The Nashville stop includes face time with country icons Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton -- “Nobody is cooler than Dolly Parton,” says Groh l -- as well as blues legend Buddy Guy, rapper Chuck D, and others.

 

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts this October on HBO.


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