Riding ‘Sonic Highways’ with the Foo Fighters

For Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters, the making of their latest album, Sonic Highways, was indeed a journey.

Grohl and his bandmates traveled to eight different cities – Austin, Texas; Chicago; Los Angeles; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Seattle (the “home of grunge”); and Arlington, Va.. – recording tracks in each, as part of a companion to an HBO television series by the same name.

The album was released across multiple formats (compact disc, vinyl, and digital) on November 10, and made its debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, behind Taylor Swift’s 1989. A number of singles have been released, starting with the lead single, Something from Nothing (recorded in Chicago and featuring Rick Nielsen), which was released a little less than a month earlier, on October 16.

Also released were The Feast and the Famine (recorded in Arlington, Va. and featuring Pete Stahl and Skeeter Thompson), on Oct. 24; Congregation (recorded in Nashville, Tenn. and featuring Zac Brown), on Oct. 31; and finally What Did I Do / God Is My Witness (recorded in Austin, Texas and featuring Gary Clark, Jr.) on Nov. 6. While none of these charted in Billboard’s overall Hot 100, the first track did reach the top of the Rock Airplay, Alternative and Mainstream Rock charts in the U.S.

The Foos will also support the album with an extensive North American tour, commencing at R.F.K. Stadium in the nation’s capital on Independence Day (July 4), and proceeding through a mix of amphitheatres, open-air stadiums, and arenas, winding up in Memphis, Tenn, in early October.

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