Sonic Highways, the Foo Fighters' critically acclaimed HBO series from last fall, comes out today (April 7) on DVD and Blu-ray.
The set includes all eight episodes, each shot in a different city where the group made its new album of the same name, and also features three hours of bonus material, including extended interviews with President Barack Obama, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Joan Jett, Joe Walsh, Public Enemy's Chuck D and others.
Foos leader Dave Grohl, who conceived and directed Sonic Highways, tells us the best part of making the series was the discussions he had with other musicians:
"I've interviewed about 100 people, and those interviews were more like conversations or lessons. And had there been no cameras on me for the last year of my life I still would consider it the most incredible experience and the most rewarding, because I learned so much from all these people. And I had a lot of epiphany revelations that I may not have had before. The similarities between all of these people, from Nora Guthrie to Duff from Guns N' Roses to Chuck D to Buddy Guy, like, I found similarities in those people that I'd never considered before. We all, all musicians and all of the people I talk to, have one thing in common, that they started with an idea or a dream and some spark of inspiration made them follow that for the rest of their lives. That's what the song 'Something From Nothing' is about -- every one of those people started something from nothing."
The Sonic Highways series debuted in October and ran through December, while the Sonic Highways album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in November. The group begins a European tour May 25 in the U.K. and returns to North America staring July 4 in Washington, D.C.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.