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Written by Mark Monroe
Directed by Dave Grohl
Airs Fridays at 9pm Et on HBO
If Rock and Roll and guitar rock is a dying breed, then the rock-doc is certainly becoming a quaint relic. How many documentaries can you make in which an aging rock star waxes poetic about a type of music from 40 years earlier? How much nostalgia, history and navel gazing can you pack into the genre before even the documentaries move on to being nostalgic about boy bands, Taylor Swift and Edm?
As a fan of true guitar rock, a good rock-doc is a welcome diversion from the 21st Century music industry. And yet, a film like last year’s Muscle Shoals can’t help but feel stale. Complete with endless talking heads and anecdotes about old legends who performed in long gone studios, the film aimed to capture »
- Brian Welk
The Black Keys are spreading the "Fever," as the legendary concert series Austin City Limits prepares to return with seven new episodes of its 40th season. In a new exclusive preview clip from the Black Keys' forthcoming episode, the Nashville-via-Akron duo kick out a taut, twisting rendition of the Turn Blue single that spirals into a crunchy concluding freakout.
The 2015 Grammy nominations are in, and there are plenty of familiar faces in the various Rock categories, where even some of the new faces are getting to be too familiar. It's well known, that despite all the mountains of music released each year, the Grammy Awards tend to nominate the same acts over and over and over. Once a group has established a foothold in the biz, they're bound to return to the award show year after year, particularly in the Rock categories. While the Grammys often tend to look to past success stories for nominees in the Best Rock Album category -- last year's batch featured Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin -- recent winners have been more contemporary. But since 2000, the category has been won by the Foo Fighters three times, and Green Day twice, and even relative upstarts like The Black Keys are starting »
- Dave Lewis
He's flown helicopter missions, introduced the Foo Fighters at a concert and stood in front of thousands at Wembley Stadium when remembering his mother Princess Diana, but Prince Harry has a confession: public speaking makes him anxious. In a new video, made as part of a campaign for his charity Sentebale and World AIDS Day, Harry, 30, says, "My secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience. Despite the fact that I laugh and joke all the time, I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious actually, before »
- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag
“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Seattle,” he says in the episode, which airs this Friday at 11 p.m. “Seattle’s like my phantom limb. I still feel it.” – Dave GrohlIn 1990, Dave Grohl made it to Seattle. His Virginia-based hardcore band never had played the city. It was here that he crossed paths with Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, from a band called Nirvana who caught up with Grohl at one of his performances. The rest has been historic, tragic, epic and transcendent in music globally.HBO’s excellent series documents the making of the latest Foo Fighters LP, […] »
- April Neale
I'm assuming you don't get the Foo Fighters, either. The popularity. The Grammys. Those teeth. Dave Grohl is a likable enough guy. He's been through a lot, of course, and carried himself with relative dignity. But I don't understand the Foo Fighters. I've got their albums and seen them live, but the sound they purvey — a sort of pop-thrash, with lyrics that struggle to convey meaning — remains indistinct. Their commercial and industry appeal? A mystery. Anyway, about the Foo Fighters, about Dave Grohl, I hear you. And you would be forgiven for thinking that Grohl's new HBO show (wait — a Dave Grohl show on HBO?) was eminently missable, or even avoidable. I mean, who could sit through eight hours of documentary about the Foo Fighters recording an album? Just the glare of the spectacular dental work sported by Grohl and his Bff Taylor Hawkins, the band's drummer, »
- Bill Wyman
It’s been a long wait for fans of David Cook — a year, to be exact — but this Monday, the American Idol season-seven winner will release a new song on iTunes. Appropriately enough, it's called “Wait For Me.” “The song itself is different; it’s more piano based, and that was a conscientious effort with writing the new stuff,” Cook tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The angle was creating music I wasn’t comfortable creating in a musical sense. I wanted to test myself, and I wanted to have fun with that." Read more Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Slams
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
Earlier this year, Joe Walsh jammed on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at a Beatles tribute in Los Angeles with Dave Grohl backing him on the drums. "I had a really good run at it," Walsh says. "And the reason was, he was right behind me and his drum part was really kicking me in the butt. It made me step up, kind of, 'Oh, yeah?' You have to come up to his energy level, 'cause you gotta keep up with him and that really makes everybody play better. »
It's been another busy week for entertainment news. In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: "Interstellar" director and "Men of Steel" producer Christopher Nolan denies his previously reported Marvel diss. Also: "The Hunger Games" heads to the London stage, Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips cover the Beatles on "Conan," Clay Aiken's election loss will be an Esquire limited series, Minnie Driver joins NBC's "Peter Pan Live!," Foo Fighters drop two new songs, and more. Catch up here: »
- HitFix Staff
Dave Grohl is a man of many talents. He is also a prolific, inventive swearer. Between expletives, he talks about the Foo Fighters guest-laden new album and why its accompanying TV series sees him jamming with Bad Brains and hanging with the Us president
As the Smithsonian Institutions undersecretary for history, art and culture points out, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC seldom plays host to rock music. Nor, one suspects, does it regularly get guest speakers who swear to quite the degree that the gentleman seated beside him on the stage does. There are a lot of well-worn cliches about Dave Grohl, that a few minutes in his company makes clear are well-worn only because theyre true. Every writer who meets him is apparently legally obliged to call the Foo Fighters frontman The Nicest Man in Rock, and it turns out they may well have a point: he is warm, »
- Alexis Petridis
Clearly U2 don't agree that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Not long after Bono said "sorry 'bout that" for forcing millions of people to download Songs of Innocence, news comes that they'll be once again invading your home with a weeklong visit on The Tonight Show as musical guest. Bono and co. will join Jimmy Fallon for the week of Nov. 17. Foo Fighters staged a similar residence on The Late Show to promote Sonic Highways, while Metallica is planning a weeklong stay on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. »
- Emily Blake
The late night music wars are on. Just days after it was revealed that Metallica would spend five nights performing on the last week of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and less than a month after Foo Fighters enjoyed an all-star weeklong residency on Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has recruited U2 to join him and house band the Roots for an entire week. Your move, Kimmel.
"U2 is coming back Monday, November 17, for an entire week," Fallon told his viewers Monday night. »
ABC is making a modern “Phantom of the Opera” TV series “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry drama’s project — set “in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business” — will not be a musical, but will contain musical elements (like “Nashville”). Foo Fighters gets a "60 Minutes" profile Anderson Cooper sits down with Dave Grohl and the band on Sunday’s show. 10 years ago today: Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching on “SNL” It was one of the most embarrassing moments in “Saturday Night Live” history, but Ashlee really was sick. »
- Norman Weiss
There’s a lot of interesting new TV kicking around, but this week we roll back our regular podcast coverage a bit to make room for a special segment. First we look at a few reality offerings, including the pilot of the new documentary series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, and some comedy, including an at least partially pantheon-level Key & Peele. Then we look at some genre, particularly American Horror Story: Freak Show, and we round out our week with a few drama offerings, including the finale of The Knick. Afterward, the fabulous Maureen Ryan of the Huffington Post and Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan returns to the podcast to discuss Transparent season one, the first half-season of Outlander, and several other series as we look at new representations of sexuality that are finally popping up on television.
- Kate Kulzick
Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Weekly Top 10 Monday Oct 13, 2014 – Sunday Oct 19, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 36,076 2 5 Jimmy Kimmel Live 15,642 3 4 The Voice 13,408 4 2 Key and Peele 13,060 5 3 The Walking Dead 10,753 6 6 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 10,065 7 – Conan 5,941 8 10 America’s Got Talent 5,777 9 – Late Show With David Letterman 5,593 10 – Sesame Street 5,308 Key First time on the chart Pinnacle Rank -
Trending Monday Oct 13, 2014 – Sunday Oct 19, 2014 Program Rating(000) % Change Freestyle Love Supreme 604 +189,135% The Little Couple 2,222 +4,014% State of Affairs 442 +887%
The Foo Fighters’ week in residency to promote their new album and HBO special, “Sonic Highways,” propelled the “Late Show With David Letterman” to its first appearance on the top 10. The “Five Nights of Foo »
- Jason Klein
Kelly Clarkson is a Sam Smith fan. The singer, who graduated from “American Idol” over a decade ago, covered Smith's breakout hit “Stay With Me” (above) while performing in Chicago last Thursday. See video: Foo Fighters Announce Wrigley Field Concert After Releasing New Single “I love this song,” Clarkson said. “I know you probably heard it a bunch, but just bear with me. ” Her fans seemed happy to do so, and the cover — captured on camera by an audience member — has already racked up over 220,000 views on YouTube. Also read: Weezer's ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’ Review: A Magnificent Return. »
- Greg Gilman
Fox trims “Mulaney’s” episode order Fox has reduced its Season 1 order from 16 to 13 episodes after "Mulaney" just completed filming on Episode 13. Report: Stephen Collins may not face child molestation charges According to TMZ, law enforcement sources in the NYPD, Lapd and L.A. Sheriff’s Department think "the cases will go nowhere. All 3 cases are decades old, and our sources say prosecution would be barred by the statute of limitations.” “Buffy’s” Nicholas Brendon arrested in Idaho Brendon, in Boise for a local Comic-Con, was taken into custody for resisting and obstructing arrest last night after causing a disturbance in his hotel lobby. Click Read Full Post For More “American Idol” Season 7 alum Joanne Borgella dies of a rare form of cancer Borgella made it to the Top 12 Girls in 2008. She also won the first season of "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance." “Bates Motel” books “Sons of Anarchy” alum Ryan Hurst »
- Norman Weiss
The Foo Fighters' weeklong Late Show With David Letterman residency came to a close Friday night with the band participating in a Letterman staple: The reading of the Top Ten list. The subject: "Top Ten Things Foo Fighters Would Like To Say After Spending a Week at the Late Show." "All in all, not a bad place to be quarantined," guitarist Pat Smear joked, to which Letterman replied, "When you were a kid, did you get teased about 'Pat Smear'?" But the real highlight comes when Smear »
The Foo Fighters' much-anticipated HBO musical travelogue Sonic Highways premiered Friday night with Dave Grohl and company visiting Chicago to pen a musical love letter to the Windy City. Grohl's journey as he crafts the Foo Fighters' new album city by city is at the heart of the series, and in the first episode we get to witness how the band goes from unloading their equipment to "Something From Nothing" in just a week. Sonic Highways also provides a remarkably comprehensive look at a city's music history through »
Foo Fighters finished up a week-long residency on The Late Show by delivering their own Top Ten list. Each of the Foos got to share two thoughts — with the most awkward moment coming when Pat Smear revealed that he's really going to miss announcer Alan Kalter. See more TV Premiere Dates 2014-15: The Complete Guide The two then gave each other googly eyes for an uncomfortably long time, to David Letterman's frustration. Check out what the rest had to say in the video below.
- Aaron Couch
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