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Friday 2 December 2016

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SONIC HIGHWAYS

Might Dave Grohl be the hardest-working man in rock? This Saturday, the Grand Social on Liffey Street kicks off its eight-part screening of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.

This is the acclaimed HBO series in which Grohl and his gang travel to eight American cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Nashville, Seattle, New Orleans and Washington DC) to write and record their new album.

That is hard work - and Grohl directed the series, too.

Fun fact: Foo Fighters used to be a one-man project. Grohl played almost everything on that first album back in 1995, before opening the studio doors to friends.

But how is it that the bloke who used to hit the skins for Nirvana went on to front one of the most successful American alt-rock bands of all time? It's a tricky one. Take a look at Grohl's ever-expanding CV - from his session work with Tom Petty to recording entire albums with Queens of the Stone Age and John Paul Jones - and what you'll find is an artist that has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to prove that he is, in fact, one of the big boys.

A jack of all trades - and a hell of a vocalist, at that.

After 20 years, eight albums and a handful of bona-fide chart hits, how do the Foos sound in 2015? Hungry. Loud. Energised. Sonic Highways is an accomplished offering - the Foos are still an interesting band. nirvana

To hell with it, there are days when I would argue that the quality of their material far exceeds that of Nirvana's.

There's a reason Grohl (46) and the gang were booked for a day out at Slane on May 30.

Sure, in recent years, the Foos appear to have gone out of their way to avoid writing those big-old melodic hits that first made them popular.

Instead, they appear to be on a mission to prove that the Foo Fighters are the greatest 70s rock outfit that never was. I'm fine with that. So long as they remember to bring the hits to the Castle.

See 'Sonic Highways' at the Grand Social this Saturday at 7pm

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