Dave Grohl asked to direct TV commercials following ‘Sonic Highways’ success

The Foo Fighters frontman recently confirmed the music documentary show will return for a second series

Dave Grohl has revealed he was inundated with offers to work in TV and film following the success of the music documentary series ‘Sonic Highways’.

In a new interview, the Foo Fighters frontman revealed that despite not knowing how to create a documentary and simply following his “gut-feeling”, offers for directing work have rolled in.

“I started getting offers to do everything from narrative features to Heineken commercials,” he told Hollywood reporting site Deadline. The site interviewed the musician following news that ‘Sonic Highways’ has been nominated for four Emmy Awards, the US award ceremony for the television industry.

Created, directed, produced and starring Grohl, the series is named after the group’s recent album of the same title, ‘Sonic Highways’ and originally premiered on HBO (and later BBC Four in the UK) in October 2014. It followed Dave Grohl and the band as they recorded their eighth LP in eight different cities around America, telling the musical story of each city as they went along.


Speaking of the award nominations, Grohl continued:

“When it actually happened, I shrieked, ‘Oh my God!’ I don’t really know how to process it. I’m a foreigner in the television world, and as a director. I’ve had fun doing the projects I’ve done. But honestly, I’m a drummer, man. This is just a funny place to be.”

“It’s just the feeling of achievement. I didn’t finish high school, and I didn’t take lessons to learn how to play music. I always just followed my gut feeling.”

“I never studied composition, but I’ve sat with my belly up to the bar, telling stories over the last 25 years. I just imagined the composition of an episode would be the same as the composition of a song. You draw someone in with an intro, then you feed them a hook, and then you give them a verse and then the first chorus. You get to the bridge and hold them there until you hit them with the finale. That’s what you do musically, so I figured it should apply to directing a television show.”

Grohl recently confirmed a second season for the ‘Sonic Highways’ documentary series, hinting at a potential UK setting.

“The great thing about the idea, the concept of the project, is that it can be anywhere because every city has some sort of musical history, but I don’t know. Of all places in the world England and the UK just seems like it would be shooting fish in a barrel. There’s just so fucking much here.”

Meanwhile, during a Foo Fighters show in Colorado last weekend (August 16) Grohl spotted a male fan in tears during the concert and decided to dedicate the rest of the song to his “crying grown-man ass.”

He continued to invite the man, who gave his name as Anthony, onto the stage, saying: “I’m gonna sing this fucking song right in your face, man to man, prison style, I’m going man to man. Me and you, I want some real tears, you better sing it with me… I’m going to sing this to your crying grown-man ass right now… get in here, motherfucker, you drunk emotional mess!” Watch footage of the performance here.

Anthony has since revealed that he had just returned from burying his mother and was crying in her memory.