BBC4 is to bring the Foo Fighters’ new HBO documentary series Sonic Highways to the UK. The show follows lead singer Dave Grohl and his band as they tour the music studios that have turned men into rock gods.
Grohl will pay a visit to Nirvana producer Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, before heading to the Rancho De La Luna studios in California, where the Queens Of The Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys cut tracks, and then on to studios in Nashville, New York and Seattle.
Grohl will interview famous musicians on his journey, including Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Joe Walsh from The Eagles and Nancy Wilson from Heart. And to commemorate the Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary, the band will cut a track in each studio they visit, to create their upcoming eighth album.
Grohl explained the concept to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe: “I know what it sounds like and I honestly think the entire concept is really going to take people by surprise and it sounds nuts.”
Following the success of his film Sound City, about the move in music from analogue to digital recording, Grohl is set to offer viewers a lesson in American rock history.
“BBC4 is renowned for its music programming,” said channel editor Cassian Harrison. “I am delighted we have acquired this innovative series that takes viewers into the very roots of popular music, in an epic nationwide odyssey.”
Episodes one and two of Sonic Highways will broadcast on BBC4, episodes three to six will be on BBC iPlayer and the final two episodes will air on BBC4. The series is expected to kick off on Sunday 26th October.