Starting on Monday, October 13th, the Foo Fighters will take over The Late Show with David Letterman for a week. The rock band, fronted by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, will perform on the show every night through Friday, October 17th.
The CBS residency was booked to promote the premiere of their new eight-part HBO TV series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, which will air on Friday the 17th. The forthcoming rockumentary series was written by Grohl and Mark Monroe. It was directed by Grohl for Roswell Films, a division of Roswell Records, and executive producers include James A. Rota and John Ramsay. The series chronicles the production of their upcoming November 10th release, Sonic Highways. It will be the group’s eighth album.
Keeping with the 8 theme, both the album (RCA Records) and the show feature local musicians from eight cities, including Austin, Chicago, L.A., Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. For Sonic Highways, Grohl and fellow members Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one new song in each city. They conceived the project to explore how different regions shape different musicians and compositions. The eight songs will make up the album’s entire tracklisting, which includes the following: “Something from Nothing,” “The Feast and the Famine,” “Congregation,” “What Did I Do? / God as My Witness,” “Outside,” “In the Clear,” “Subterranean,” and “I am a River.”
Grohl first began dropping hints about Sonic Highways back in 2013. “Well, I’ll tell you, we have been in our studio writing and in the past few weeks we’ve written an album and we are going to make this album in a way that no-one’s ever done before and we’re pretty excited about it,” he explained. “It’s a little ways off – it’s not ready to happen right now – but I think next year is going to be a really big year for the Foo Fighters, without question.”
With a weeklong takeover on Letterman now on the horizon, his predictions were not too far off. Next week, the Foo Fighters will perform covers of music from the eight cities, all of which inspired the new album in some way. Some of the local musicians highlighted in the HBO series will also be joining the Foo Fighters during their stay on The Late Show. In addition, Grohl will be interviewed by Letterman on Monday, October 13th.