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Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

BBC Four - 9pm

Who's in it?

The Foo Fighters are now 20. How's that for a fact to make you feel old. Dave Grohl isn't ready for his pipe and slippers yet, though, hosting this grand musical mystery tour across America.

In a nutshell

An entire TV series painstakingly documenting the creation of a veteran rock group's latest album? It sounds a bit a naff, let's face it. A bit self-important and Spinal Tap-ish. But the band in question is Foo Fighters, and Dave Grohl is well known as being one of the nicest, most down to earth chaps in the business. A rock god who doesn't flounce around in a self-consciously rock god style way (unlike others we might mention).

So chances are this'll actually be a programme worth watching, rather than extended advertorial for Grohl's genius. And the basic concept is interesting: each song on the album is being recorded in a different American city, and the TV show will delve into the stories of the various studios the band visits, and the backing musicians who've helped craft America's musical legacy. A celebration and homage to the past, then, as well as a look towards rock's future.

What's the verdict?

You don't have to be a Foos fan to tune into this one: it's a show for lovers of all American music, and with Mr Grohl conducting proceedings it's bound to hit all the right notes.

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07-07-2011