Count on Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters to find a way to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to new levels of ridiculousness. As HitFix points out, the frontman not only accepted the challenge from friend/collaborator Zac Brown, but completed the frigid task by paying homage to the famous bucket-of-blood scene from Carrie. Fittingly, Grohl passed along the challenge to Stephen King, author of the original book, and John Travolta, one of the stars of the 1976 film (he also nominated Jack Black, not because of any Carrie connection, but just because it needs to happen).
Grohl and Co. do an excellent job sending up Carrie‘s climactic prom disaster, incorporating actual shots from the movie, while Grohl, in full Prom Queen regalia, offers over-the-top tears (first of joy, and then unquenchable rage after he’s doused). While the clip cuts before Grohl can unleash his hellish retaliation, Taylor Hawkins, playing Carrie’s date Tommy, dutifully takes one for the team and gets conked on the head with the empty bucket. Fellow Foos Pat Smear and Nate Mendel play the rapscallions who trigger the bucket drop on Grohl’s head.
Last week, the band officially announced their eighth album, Sonic Highways, which was co-produced with Butch Vig and recorded in eight different cities. The LP sees release on November 10th, and will be accompanied by an HBO documentary series of the same name. Premiering on October 17th, the show will take a cue from Grohl’s Sound City doc and tell the stories of various American recording studios, while it will also chronicles the making of the Foo Fighters’ latest album.
“This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it,” Grohl said in a statement. “I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our ‘sound’.”