In advance of the World Album Premiere of Sonic Highways, Alan Cross Shot the Sh*t at 606 Studios with the Foo Fighters (And Arm Wrestled with Dave Grohl)
I spent Tuesday afternoon in Northridge, north of LA at 606 Studios, the home recording base of the Foo Fighters. I’d been invited to interview the whole band about anything and everything surrounding November’s release of the Sonic Highways album along with next month’s debut of the accompanying HBO series.
Dave Grohl started writing music for what would become the Foo Fighters at the end of Nirvana’s In Utero sessions in February 1994. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Foos, he wanted to do something massively big. That led to the Sonic Highways project.
“I found out that making a documentary is really easy,” he told me. “I surrounded myself with some smart people and we set off to tell a story.”
“What story?” I asked
“That you can grow up in or make music in a city without being influenced by your surroundings. I wanted to show how that was true by recording each of the eight songs on the new album in eight different cities. And if we were going to go that far, I wanted to see if I could get key people from each of those cities to play a part on the album.”
That set the direction of the interview. I quizzed each of the members about where they grew up and their musical influences in hopes of understanding the sum of the parts of, er, the sum of the parts that make up the Foo Fighters. Some of the answers I got were very surprising.
That interview along with details on the album will be unveiled shortly. Meanwhile, however, here are a couple of pictures from the day.
More to come. LOTS more.