According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl blasted singing competition shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" when he appeared at a press event for TV critics last week to promote his upcoming documentary series on HBO. Grohl told journalists at the event, "I don’t want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you you’re not a good singer. Don’t get me started. To me, that’s not what music’s about."
Grohl is not adverse to TV itself, having guest-hosted "Chelsea Lately" and done numerous musical performances over the years on late-night shows.
Grohl produced and directed the new series, "Sonic Highways", which follows the FOO FIGHTERS as they journey to eight states and eight studios during the sessions for their next album.
The process of visiting historic studios had an impact on the music the FOOs made for the record, with Grohl telling the Hollywood Reporter, "I couldn’t just write a three-and-a-half-minute long KROQ jingle and film it for the finale of an episode about the history of music in New Orleans, ya know? We really had to step up what we do."
"Sonic Highways" and the still-untitled FOO FIGHTERS album will both arrive this fall.