Dave Grohl's 'Sonic Highways' Documentary Success Led to TV Commercial Pitches
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, one of the world's most down to earth rockers, has taken on many roles through his career between drumming, singing and producing--now, he's being sought after to sit in the director's chair. The " dmitted that he's been overwhelmed with offers to work in television and film, trailing the wide success of his four Emmy Award nominated HBO music documentary series, Sonic Highways.
In a recent interview, Grohl explained that despite not knowing the proper way to craft a documentary, he simply followed his "gut-feeling," which resulted in an onslaught of offers to direct. "I started getting offers to do everything from narrative features to Heineken commercials," he told Deadline.
Sonic Highways, created, directed and produced by Grohl, saw its debut on HBO in October 2014, sharing a title with the Foo Fighters' latest album. The series followed Grohl and company on the road while they crafted their eighth LP in eight various cities around the United States, delving into each city's musical history and indelible importance.
Referring to the nominations, the former Nirvana drummer said: "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," he continued.
The 46-year-old musician recently confirmed a second season of Sonic Highways, teasing that the group would span the UK next. "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," he said. "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 f*cking much here."
Last week, the Foo Fighters continued their string of North American gigs in Colorado when Grohl zeroed in on a crying fan in the crowd named Anthony, who was eventually dubbed a "drunk emotional mess" and invited to the stage to help sing "My Hero."
It's since been noted that the fan just returned to the country after burying his mother and that his emotions were at an all time high. "I was dead sober," Anthony told Colorado's KBCO. "I don't drink. I might have had a little Colorado green, but I'm not a drinker." Even so, Anthony didn't harbor harsh feelings and said of the rocker: "What a cool man he was, a super-cool dude."