Foo Fighters’ lead rocker Dave Grohl was “singing his heart out” when Anderson Cooper arrived in New Orleans with his 60 Minutes camera crew. The band was playing in the legendary jazz space, Preservation Hall. With the doors wide open, it was surprise show for stunned passersby. Grohl brought his own camera crew, too. He’s shooting and directing an eight-part documentary for HBO about the history of modern American music. Each episode focuses on the heritage of one city — Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC.
While in NOLA, Grohl interviewed Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, who grew up in the Tremé neighborhood of the city where he participated in brass band parades as a child. Grohl believes each city has a unique influence on its music. Grohl explained to Anderson Cooper: “In Seattle, it rains all the time so a lot of people stay in their basements and write songs.” Anderson Cooper’s 60 Minutes interview with Grohl will air Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 pm, on CBS. Grohl’s HBO series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, airs Fridays at 11pm.