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Foo Fighters release new trailer for ‘Sonic Highways’, condolences and congratulations to Dave Grohl


Foo Fighters release new trailer for ‘Sonic Highways’, condolences and congratulations to Dave Grohl

The Foo Fighters have released an extended trailer for their new HBO show, ‘Foo Fighters Sonic Highways,’ which is set to premiere on October 17 at 11 p.m. on HBO.

The band's new album, also titled 'Sonic Highways,' will be released on November 10

In both sad and joyous news in the Grohl family it was announced that Dave Grohl's wife Jordyn, gave birth to the couple’s third daughter on Aug. 1. They named their third daughter Ophelia. She joins older sisters Violet, 8, and Harper, 5. Tragic news hit the family on Aug. 6 however, as Dave's Dad James passed away at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer. He was a respected journalist whose career spanned many years.

From his obituary: "Jim treasured his long and rewarding career in Journalism. He was an Award Winning Journalist that worked for various newspapers, including the Youngstown Vindicator and Columbus Citizens Journal. He then served as Capitol Reporter in Washington DC for the Scripps-Howard News Network. This tenure was interrupted by his service in the United States Army in 1961-1964, where he edited the Stars and Stripes Army newspaper in Stuttgart, Germany during the sixties.

Jim served as the Special Assistant to Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio. He finished his career as Senior Vice President of the U.S. Savings and Loan League and as a Political Consultant in Washington, DC.

Jim enjoyed his retirement each day by reading every major newspaper and critiquing the writers and content. He was a talented political observer who possessed the ability to call every major election with uncanny accuracy. An avid fly fisherman, a good trout stream provided his favorite recreation."

Condolences to Dave Grohl and his family for their loss, but fortunate Jim got to know that he had another Granddaughter before his passing. RIP Jim

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Foo Fighters release album cover and track listing for ‘Sonic Highways: The Album’


Foo Fighters release album cover and track listing for ‘Sonic Highways: The Album’

Foo Fighters will announced the release date, track listing and album artwork for their eighth studio album. It is called ‘Sonic Highways: The Album, and is slated for a Nov. 10 release. The eight-episode HBO series ‘Sonic Highways’ will have its debut on Oct. 17 and air Fridays at 11PM ET/PT.

‘Sonic Highways: The Album’ has a runtime of 44 minutes and is available for pre-order now on CD and 180 gram LP formats. The vinyl will have nine different covers including eight variants each themed for ones of the eight cities where the album was created. ‘Sonic Highways: The Album’ was recorded in eight cities: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C. Listen to a sample from the album at

'Sonic Highways: The Album' Track Listing
1. Something From Nothing
2. The Feast and the Famine
3. Congregation
4. What Did I Do?/God as My Witness
5. Outside
6. In the Clear
7. Subterranean
8. I am a River

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Foo Fighters new album to coincide with Dave Grohl HBO series about other iconic recording studios

by on May.15, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Foo Fighters new album to coincide with Dave Grohl HBO series about other iconic recording studios

Big plans for the Foo Fighters next album have been revealed, with the as-yet-untitled record arriving this fall through Roswell/RCA Records. The bonus is that is will be chronicled in an upcoming HBO series directed by Dave Grohl.

Grohl will expand on his Sound City film and look at iconic recording studios across North America where the Foos recorded for the new album. Studios featured in the series will include Nirvana/Page & Plant producer Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, Don Zientara’s Inner Ear studios in Washington DC – where Fugazi, Henry Rollins' first band S.O.A. and Grohl's pre-Nirvana punk rock band Scream recorded - and Rancho De La Luna studios in California, a site at which Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Mark Lanegan, among others, have recorded. Other studios in Austin, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Nashville will be featured as well.

Grohl will also conduct interviews for the series, speaking with some of the artists who have recorded at each facility, including Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Joe Walsh from The Eagles and Dischord Records head honcho Ian MacKaye.

A press release for the series explains: “One song was recorded in each city, every song featuring local legends sitting in, and every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

“Each episode delves into the singular regional identity of each city-how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns-ultimately celebrating their common bond: Every artist that appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with the universal dreams of making music and making it big.”

The as-yet-untitled series be a part of HBO's winter schedule, with the first episode of the series premiering on the eve of the band’s 20th anniversary.

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Rolling Stones News: Documentary to air on HBO this Fall, Bill Wyman says he won’t be a part of Stones 50th Anniversary tour

by on Aug.03, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rolling Stones News: Documentary to air on HBO this Fall, Bill Wyman says he won’t be a part of Stones 50th Anniversary tour

A new documentary on the history of the Rolling Stones is slated to air on HBO in the fall. The band gave their full cooperation to the film, but an air date has yet to be announced.

Michael Lombardo, President of Programming at HBO, said in a statement" "This is all done as part of the band’s 50th anniversary. This documentary has the full involvement of the four current band members – Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron – as well as the former band members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. We’ll follow the band from their early club days through their arrival as the greatest band in the world."

'The Kid Stays in the Picture' (about Robert Evans) director Brett Morgan helmed the project. Morgan told Rolling Stone back in March: "Nobody has put the story together as a narrative. We’ve been looking under every rock, going through their archives. It will be music never heard before, and I’ve conducted 50-plus hours of interviews so far. By the time we’re done, they will be the most extensive group interviews they’ve ever done."

Former Stones bassist Bill Wyman is part of the new documentary, but apparently won't be part of an upcoming 50th anniversary tour. Wyman recently rehearsed with the band for the first time since he exited the group in the early '90s, but told EADT Suffolk magazine in the U.K., "I don't fly, so there's no way I'll go on any tour. I did meet up with them earlier this year for a couple of rehearsal sessions but that was all."

Wyman was on hand for the opening of a London photo exhibit marking The Stones' milestone anniversary on July 12th. He also performed alongside Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and ex-Stones member Mick Taylor at a June 30th concert held in conjunction with London's Blues Fest. Hopefully Wyman will at least show up for a few gigs once the Stones book some dates.

Mick Jagger has said that the Stones will play live sometime "in the autumn," but specualtion is that is may be multiple dates in some larger cities as opposed to a lengthly months-long tour.

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Rolling Stones News: Mick Jagger developing a “rock n’ Roll drama” for HBO, Keith Richards talks to GQ

by on Oct.26, 2011, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rolling Stones News: Mick Jagger developing a “rock n’ Roll drama” for HBO, Keith Richards talks to GQ

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will co-produce a still-developing hour long rock ‘n’ roll drama for HBO. The Hollywood Reporter reports that he and past collaborator Martin Scorsese are co-producing .

The untitled project is set in New York City in the late ’70s, following a record executive with a cocaine habit who navigates the landscape as hip-hop, disco and punk emerge as powerful players in the music industry. Terence Winter, creator of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," wrote the script for the upcoming series.

Jagger came up with the idea as a film project originally, first at Disney, then at Paramount, and has now turned it over to Scorsese and HBO to make into a series. Showtime is also working on a similar concept for a show called "Vinyl." That series dives into the ’70s music scene through the eyes of performers, executives, prostitutes, radio DJ’s and drug pushers.

Mick Jagger and his producing partner Victoria Pearman as well as Scorsese's manager Rick Yorn are attached as executive producers. The project will serve as a reunion for Scorsese, Jagger and Pearman, who collaborated on the 2008 documentary "Shine a Light."

Jagger is also developing a movie thriller called ‘Tabloid.’ He’s also reportedly considering starring in the movie as a media mogul based loosely on Rupert Murdoch.

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Keith Richards sat down with GQ Magazine for their annual 2011 Music Issue, which is out now. It must sure feel good to be as open and forthright as he is every interview he does, even revealing what he does first thing in the morning. This from Chris Heath:

Richards likes to play guitar every single day. Maybe an hour or so. "Afternoons, evenings. Pick around, play some Robert Johnson blues, hopefully make an incredible beautiful mistake which will lead me into another area. I do it for me. You know, I'm a selfish son of a bitch. I do it because it turns me on." (As for the's more than you wanted to know about how each bright new twenty-first-century-Keith-Richards day begins: "First we have the bowel movement. Cool, that's that out of the way. Seen a friend off to the coast. And then you see what's on the agenda....")

When I ask Richards what he thinks his talent has been, his initial answer relates to his key role in the Rolling Stones. "The ability to work with a team," he says. "To focus a bunch of generate enthusiasm even in the face of adversity." I press him further about his individual gift. "You know, I'm a mere balladeer," he demurs. "A minstrel. I mean, when I consider what my job is, it's maybe an even older profession than what they call the oldest profession. I'm sure somebody sung a song before the first whore walked out there."

Read the entire interview here.

Photo: Mark Seliger

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