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FOO FIGHTERS is an American rock band, formed in Seattle
Seattle
, Washington in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the death of Kurt Cobain . The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II , which were known collectively as "foo fighters ".

Prior to the release of Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith , both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate , as well as Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon . Goldsmith quit during the recording of the group's second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997), when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smear's departure followed soon afterward, though he would rejoin them in 2006.

They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl
Franz Stahl
, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999). The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band's lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its fourth album, One by One , in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material. Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace , in 2007. The band's seventh studio album, Wasting Light , produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011, in which Smear returned as a full member. In November 2014, the band's eighth studio album, Sonic Highways , was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. In 2017, the band released a single, "Run ", and announced their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold , which is scheduled for release on September 15, 2017.

Over the course of the band's career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album . As of 2015, the band's eight albums have sold 12 million copies in the U.S alone.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Formation and debut album (1994–1995) * 1.2 The Colour and the Shape (1996–1997) * 1.3 There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1998–2001) * 1.4 One by One (2001–2004) * 1.5 In Your Honor (2005–2006) * 1.6 Echoes, Silence, Patience "> Dave Grohl (pictured in 2006) founded Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
after his previous band Nirvana ended in 1994

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
frontman Dave Grohl joined the grunge group Nirvana as its drummer in 1990. During tours, he took a guitar with him and wrote songs. Grohl held back these songs from the rest of the band; he said in 1997, "I was in awe of , and intimidated. I thought it was best that I kept my songs to myself." Grohl occasionally booked studio time to record demos and covers of songs he liked and even issued a cassette of some of those songs called Pocketwatch under the pseudonym "Late!" in 1992.

Frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle
Seattle
home on April 8, 1994, and Nirvana subsequently disbanded. Grohl received offers to work with various artists; press rumors indicated he might be joining Pearl Jam and he almost accepted a permanent position as drummer in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
. Ultimately Grohl declined and instead entered Robert Lang Studios in October 1994 to record fifteen of the forty songs he had written. With the exception of a guitar part on "X-Static", played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs , Dave Grohl played every instrument and sang every vocal on the tracks. "I was supposed to just join another band and be a drummer the rest of my life," Grohl later said. "I thought that I would rather do what no one expected me to do. I enjoy writing music and I enjoy trying to sing, and there's nothing anyone can really do to discourage me." Grohl completed an album's worth of material in five days and handed out cassette copies of the sessions to his friends for feedback.

Grohl hoped to keep his anonymity and release the recordings in a limited run under the title "Foo Fighters", taken from the World War II term "foo fighter ", used to refer to unidentified flying objects . However, the demo tape circulated in the music industry, creating interest among record labels. Grohl formed a band to support the album. Initially, he talked to former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic about joining the group, but both decided against it. "For Krist and I, it would have felt really natural and really great", Grohl explained. "But for everyone else, it would have been weird, and it would have left me in a really bad position. Then I really would have been under the microscope." Having heard about the disbanding of Seattle
Seattle
-based rock band Sunny Day Real Estate , Grohl drafted the group's bass player, Nate Mendel , and drummer, William Goldsmith . Grohl asked Pat Smear , who served as a touring guitarist for Nirvana after the release of its 1993 album, In Utero , to join as the group's second guitarist. Grohl ultimately licensed the album to Capitol Records , releasing it on his new record label, Roswell Records.

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
made its live public debut on February 23, 1995, at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, California and then March 3 at The Satyricon in Portland. They followed that with a show at the Velvet Elvis in Seattle
Seattle
on March 4. The show on March 3 had been part of a benefit gig to aid the finances of the investigation into the rape and murder of The Gits singer Mia Zapata . Grohl refused to do interviews or tour large venues to promote the album. Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
undertook its first major tour in the spring of 1995, opening for Mike Watt . The band's first single, " This Is a Call ", was released in June 1995, and its debut album Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
was released the next month. "I\'ll Stick Around ", " For All the Cows ", and " Big Me " were released as subsequent singles. The band spent the following months on tour, including their first appearance at the Reading Festival
Reading Festival
in England in August.

THE COLOUR AND THE SHAPE (1996–1997)

After touring through the spring of 1996, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
entered Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, Washington , with producer Gil Norton to record its second album. While Grohl once again wrote all the songs, the rest of the band collaborated on the arrangements. With the sessions nearly complete, Grohl took the rough mixes with him to Los Angeles, intending to finish up his vocal and guitar parts. While there, Grohl realized that he was not happy with how the mixes were turning out, and changed William Goldsmith's "drum tracks with his own for all but two songs." During the L.A. sessions, Grohl had played drums on the songs. Unhappy with Goldsmith's drumming, Grohl removed it from the recordings and re-recorded the drum tracks. As Goldsmith was about to come down to L.A. to find out why he wasn't being called upon to re-record his parts, he called Mendel from Seattle
Seattle
inquiring if he should make the trip. Grohl then called Goldsmith saying, "Dude, don't come down here, I'm recording some of the drum tracks". Shocked by this, Goldsmith met up with Mendel in Seattle
Seattle
and repeated Grohl's claim to be re-recording "some" of the tracks. Mendel asked, "Is that what he told you?"; Goldsmith affirmed it, and Mendel stated, "No, man, he did them all". Long-time drummer Taylor Hawkins (pictured in 2012) joined the band in 1997

Grohl explained that he'd wanted the drums to sound a certain way on the album. He wanted Goldsmith to play for the tour even though it would not be his drumming but Grohl's on the album. Feeling betrayed, Goldsmith left the band.

In need of a replacement for Goldsmith, Grohl contacted Alanis Morissette 's touring drummer Taylor Hawkins to see if he could recommend anybody. Grohl was surprised when Hawkins volunteered his own services as drummer. Hawkins made his debut with the group in time for the release of its second album, The Colour and the Shape , in May 1997. The album included the singles "Monkey Wrench ", " Everlong ", "My Hero ", and " Walking After You "

Pat Smear announced to the rest of the group that he wanted to leave the band claiming exhaustion and burnout but agreed to stay with the band until a replacement could be found for him. Four months later in September 1997 at the MTV Video Music Awards , Smear simultaneously announced to the public his departure from the band and introduced his replacement, Grohl's former Scream bandmate Franz Stahl
Franz Stahl
. Stahl toured with the band for the next few months, and appeared on two tracks that the band recorded for movie soundtracks, a re-recording of "Walking After You" for The X-Files and "A320 " for Godzilla . A B-side
B-side
from the "My Hero" single, "Dear Lover", appeared in the horror film Scream 2 . The tour for The Colour and the Shape album included a main stage performance at the 1998 Glastonbury Festival and culminated with a performance at the 1998 Reading Festival
Reading Festival
, both in England.

THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (1998–2001)

In 1998, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
traveled to Grohl's home state of Virginia
Virginia
to write music for its third album. However, Grohl and Stahl were unable to co-operate as songwriters; Grohl told Kerrang! in 1999, "in those few weeks it just seemed like the three of us were moving in one direction and Franz wasn't". Grohl was distraught over the decision to fire Stahl, as the two had been friends since childhood. Shortly after that, Mendel called Grohl to say he was quitting the band to reunite with Sunny Day Real Estate, only to reverse his decision the next day. The remaining trio of Grohl, Mendel, and Hawkins spent the next several months recording the band's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose , in Grohl's Virginia
Virginia
home studio that he bought and built. The album spawned several singles, including " Learn to Fly ", the band's first single to reach the US Billboard Hot 100 . Other singles included " Stacked Actors ", "Generator ", " Next Year " and "Breakout ".

Before the release of the album, Capitol president Gary Gersh was forced out of the label. Given Grohl's history with Gersh, Foo Fighters' contract had included a "key man clause" that allowed them to leave the label upon Gersh's departure. They subsequently left Capitol and signed with RCA , who later acquired the rights to the band's Capitol albums.

After recording for There Is Nothing Left to Lose was completed, the band auditioned a number of potential guitarists, and eventually settled on Chris Shiflett , who performs with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes , and previously performed with California punk band, No Use for a Name . Shiflett initially joined the band as touring guitarist, but achieved full-time status prior to the recording of the group's fourth album.

In January 2000, Nate Mendel led a benefit concert in Hollywood
Hollywood
for AIDS denialist group Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives with a speech by founder Christine Maggiore and free copies of her book, What If Everything You Thought You Knew About AIDS Was Wrong? Additionally, the band's official website had linked to the group's website. The full band was shown in a documentary for Alive & Well declaring their support before a performance. Links and references to Alive & Well have since been removed and no further mentions or shows of support have been made.

Around 2001, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
established a relationship with rock band Queen , of whom the band (particularly Grohl and Hawkins ) were fans. In March of that year, Grohl and Hawkins inducted the band into the Rock "> Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
performing an acoustic show in 2007

Having spent a year and a half touring behind One by One, Grohl did not want to rush into recording another Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
record. Initially Grohl intended to write acoustic material by himself, but eventually the project involved the entire band. To record its fifth album, the band shifted to Los Angeles and built a recording studio, dubbed Studio 606 West. Grohl insisted that the album be divided into two discs–one full of rock songs, the other featuring acoustic tracks. In Your Honor was released in June 2005. The album's singles included " Best of You ", "DOA ", "Resolve " and "No Way Back/Cold Day in the Sun ".

During September and October 2005, the band toured with Weezer
Weezer
on what was billed as the 'Foozer Tour' as the two bands co-headlined the tour. Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
also played a headline performance at the 2005 Reading and Leeds Festivals . On June 17, 2006, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
performed its largest non-festival headlining concert to date at London's Hyde Park . Motörhead's Lemmy
Lemmy
joined the band on stage to sing "Shake Your Blood" from Dave Grohl's Probot album. Also, as a surprise performance, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen jammed with Foo Fighters, playing part of "We Will Rock You" as a lead into "Tie Your Mother Down".

In further support of In Your Honor, the band decided to organize a short acoustic tour for the summer of 2006. The tour included members who had also performed with them in late 2005, such as former member Pat Smear , who rejoined the band, Petra Haden on violin and backing vocals, Drew Hester on percussion, and Rami Jaffee of The Wallflowers on keyboard and piano. While much of the setlist focused on In Your Honor's acoustic half, the band also used the opportunity to play lesser-known songs such as "Ain't It The Life", "Floaty", and "See You". The band also performed "Marigold", a Pocketwatch -era song that was best known as a Nirvana B-side.

In November 2006, the band released their first ever live CD, Skin and Bones , featuring fifteen performances captured over a three-night stint in Los Angeles.

ECHOES, SILENCE, PATIENCE "> The band performing live in 2007

For the follow-up to In Your Honor, the band decided to call in The Colour and the Shape producer Gil Norton. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was released on September 25, 2007. The album's first single, "The Pretender ", was issued to radio in early August. In mid-to-late 2007 "The Pretender" topped Billboard 's Modern Rock chart for a record 19 weeks. The second single, " Long Road to Ruin ", was released in December 2007, supported by a music video directed by longtime collaborator Jesse Peretz (formerly of the Lemonheads ). Other singles included "Let It Die " and "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running) ".

In October 2007, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
started its world tour in support of Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. The band performed shows throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand
New Zealand
and Asia, including headlining the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore
Baltimore
on August 9. At the European MTV Music Awards in 2007 Pat Smear confirmed his return to the band.

Echoes, Silence, Patience "> Hawkins (second from left) and Grohl (right) with John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
(left) and Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page
(second from right) of Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
performing at Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
, London in 2008

On June 7, 2008, the band played Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium
, London and was joined by Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page
and John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
of Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
to play "Rock and Roll" (with Grohl on drums and Hawkins on vocals) and "Ramble On" (sung by Grohl, drums by Hawkins). As Page and Jones left the stage before a final encore of "Best Of You", an ecstatic Grohl shouted "Welcome to the greatest fucking day of my whole entire life!". Throughout the tour for Echoes, Silence, Patience "> Foo Fighters in 2009. From left to right: Hawkins, Shiflett, Grohl, Mendel

In August 2010, the band began recording their seventh studio album with producer Butch Vig , who had previously produced the two new tracks for the band's Greatest Hits album. The album was recorded in Dave Grohl's garage using only analog equipment. The album won five Grammys and was nominated for six. The recording was analog to tape and used no computers, not even to mix or master. Vig said in an interview with MTV that the album was entirely analog until post-mastering. Pat Smear was present in many photos posted by Grohl on Twitter
Twitter
and a press release in December confirmed Smear played on every track on the album and was considered a core member of the band once again, having initially left as a full-time member in 1997 before returning as a touring guitarist in 2006.

The first single from Wasting Light , "Rope ", was released to radio in February 2011. On April 16, 2011, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
released an album of covers, Medium Rare , as a limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day . The promotion for the album has been highly praised for its originality. Wasting Light debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, being the first Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
album to do so. Other singles for the album included "Walk ", "Arlandria ", "These Days" , and "Bridge Burning "

Alongside Wasting Light's release, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
released a rockumentary, directed by Academy Award-winner James Moll . The film, entitled Back and Forth , chronicling the band's career: from the dissolution of Nirvana due to the death of frontman Kurt Cobain to the formation of Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
as Dave Grohl's "one-man band" to the status of the band in 2011. All the current and past band members, plus producer Butch Vig, tell the story of the band through interviews. After debuting on March 15, 2011 at the SXSW
SXSW
festival in Austin, Texas , it was eventually released on DVD on June 2011.

On May 21, 2011, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
headlined the middle day of the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. On June 4, 2011, they played a surprise set at the 2011 KROQ Weenie Roast . They also headlined two sold out shows at the Milton Keynes National Bowl on July 2 and 3, joined on stage by artists such as Alice Cooper , Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
. They headlined the final night at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza
Lollapalooza
in Chicago
Chicago
's Grant Park on August 7, 2011, performing part of their set in a driving rainstorm.

In September 2011, before a show in Kansas City, the band performed a counter-protest parody song in front of a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church . The song mocked the church's opposition to homosexuality, and was performed in the same faux-trucker garb that was seen in the band's "Hot Buns" promotional video.

It was announced on September 28, 2011, that Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
would be performing during the closing ceremony of Blizzard Entertainment 's annual video game convention, BlizzCon .

On August 27, 2012, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
ended its European tour with a headline performance at Reading and Leeds Festival . On September 21, 2012, the band headlined the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, Georgia . The following evening, the band headlined the DeLuna Festival in Pensacola Beach, Florida . On September 29, 2012, the band performed at the Global Citizens' Festival, before embarking on a break.

On September 5, 2012, the band performed a show at the Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
as a benefit for Rock the Vote . The show, which occurred at the same time that the 2012 Democratic National Convention was being held in Charlotte, NC, was announced only two weeks prior. All tickets to the 2000 capacity venue sold out in under 60 seconds, setting a record for the venue. The band set another personal record during the show itself, which was the longest that the band had played to date, lasting just under 3.5 hours with a setlist consisting of 36 songs.

SONIC HIGHWAYS (2013–2015)

Despite initially announcing a break after supporting Wasting Light, Grohl later stated in January 2013 that the band had started writing material for an eighth studio album. On February 20, 2013, at the Brit Awards
Brit Awards
, Grohl said he was flying back to America the following day to start work on the next album.

On September 6, 2013, Shiflett posted a photo to his Instagram account that indicates 13 songs are being recorded for the new album and later described the album in an interview as "pretty fucking fun". Rami Jaffee has recorded parts for three songs, one of which is entitled "In the Way". Butch Vig , who worked with the band on Wasting Light, confirmed via Twitter
Twitter
in late August 2013 that he is producing the album. The band confirmed that it would end its hiatus by playing two shows in Mexico City
Mexico City
, Mexico, on December 11 and 13, 2013. On October 31, 2013, a video appeared on the official Foo Fighters YouTube channel showing a motorcyclist, later shown as actor Erik Estrada , delivering each of the band members an invitation to play in Mexico.

On January 16, 2014, a picture was posted to Foo Fighters's Facebook page with several master tapes with some labeled "LP 8". On May 15, 2014, it was announced that the band's eighth album would be released in November 2014 and that the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
would commemorate the album and their 20th anniversary with an HBO
HBO
TV series directed by Dave Grohl entitled Sonic Highways . Eight songs were written and recorded in eight studios in eight different American cities. The series shows them doing this as they try to capture the history and feel of each town for the song dedicated to that area. On July 30, 2014, Butch Vig revealed that the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
had finished recording and mixing the new album and revealed that the album was slated to be released a month after the premiere of the TV show.

In June 2014, the band agreed to play a show in Richmond, VA that was entirely crowd-funded by fans on the website Tilt.com . The show took place on September 17 before 1,500 fans. The band played 23 songs over the course of two and a half hours. Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
announced their tour would include performances in Cape Town, South Africa, on December 10, 2014, and Johannesburg on December 13. The band played three performances under the alias "The Holy Shits" in September 2014; the first at the Concorde 2 club in Brighton, England, where Dave Grohl invited lead singer Jay Apperley of "UK Foo Fighters" tribute band on stage to sing, then at the "House of Vans", and lastly at "Islington Assembly Hall". On September 14, 2014, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
performed at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games , their first official show in England since closing Reading Festival
Reading Festival
in 2012. The band closed out the 2014 VooDoo Music and Arts Festival in New Orleans on November 2, 2014, in a two and a half hour performance that included an appearance from New Orleans native Trombone Shorty, playing "This is a Call" with the band.

On August 8, 2014, the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
released a short clip of their latest work, titled "8". On August 11, the band announced that the new album would be titled Sonic Highways and released on November 10, 2014. The Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
also announced an international tour, dubbed the Sonic Highways World Tour, with performances in South Africa in December 2014 and South America in January 2015. Their tour continued to Australia
Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
in February and March 2015.

On May 20, 2015, the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
were the final musical act to perform on Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
, continuing their long association with David Letterman as he wrapped up his 33-year career in late night television. The show ended with a montage of Letterman highlights while the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
played " Everlong ", which Letterman said had significant meaning for him after his heart surgery in 2000. The Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
resumed their international tour on May 24, 2015 with a performance at Radio 1\'s Big Weekend in Norwich, England.

On June 12, 2015, Grohl fell from a concert stage in Gothenburg , Sweden
Sweden
during the second song of the Foo Fighters' set. The band played without Grohl while he received medical attention, and Grohl then returned to the stage, sitting in a chair to perform the last two hours of the band's set while a medic tended to his leg. After the concert, Grohl was flown to London for surgery, where doctors inserted six metal pins into his leg. As a result of Grohl's injury, on June 16 the band announced it was cancelling all of its remaining European tour dates.

In July 2015, one thousand Italian fans held the "Rockin1000" gathering in Cesena, Italy, performing "Learn to Fly" all together and asking Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
to come play in the town. The performance video went viral and impressed Grohl, resulting in the Foo Fighters performing a concert in Cesena on November 3, 2015.

SAINT CECILIA EP AND CONCRETE AND GOLD (2015–PRESENT)

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
in July 2015 at the Molson Amphitheatre
Molson Amphitheatre
in Toronto, Ontario , Canada
Canada

The Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
planned to follow their international tour with a North American tour to promote Sonic Highways, beginning with a special Fourth of July event in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
that would commemorate the band's 20th anniversary. This all-day event, to be held at Washington's RFK Stadium , was advertised as featuring performances by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts , Heart , LL Cool J
LL Cool J
, Gary Clark Jr. , and Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy
. Dave Grohl's leg injury initially led to speculation that the band would drop out of the event, but they later confirmed they would still perform however, the injury did prevent them from headlining the 2015 Glastonbury Festival (although they would return and headline in 2017). The band performed the show in front of 48,000 people, with Grohl performing in a custom-built moving throne which he claimed to have designed himself while on painkillers in the hospital.

Beginning with the show of July 4, the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
re-branded the North American tour as the Broken Leg Tour. The band continued to use the new tour name at later North American performances. During the tour, prior to a concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on August 21, 2015, the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
staged a counter protest against members of the Westboro Baptist Church
Westboro Baptist Church
who were protesting their concert, rickrolling them from the back of a pickup truck.

On November 23, 2015, a surprise release following a month-long countdown clock on the Foo Fighters' website revealed the free EP Saint Cecilia , including a single of the same name . Alongside its release, Grohl also announced at the same time that the band would be entering an indefinite hiatus. In response to growing rumors of the band permanently breaking up, in March 2016, the band released a mockumentary video portraying Grohl leaving the band to pursue an electronic music career, and Nick Lachey (formerly of 98 Degrees
98 Degrees
) becoming the group's new singer, with the video ending "For the millionth time, we're not breaking up. And nobody's going fucking solo!" In May 2016, Shiflett stated that the band still had no particular plans for reforming, but assured that it would happen eventually.

Grohl announced that the band would spend much of 2017 recording their ninth studio album. On June 1, 2017 their new single "Run " was released. They also confirmed that touring keyboardist Rami Jaffee is officially the sixth member of the group with the new release. The Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
announced on June 20, 2017 that Concrete and Gold , produced by Greg Kurstin , would be released on September 15, 2017. The band began touring in June 2017, including headlining the Glastonbury Festival 2017 .

MUSICAL STYLE AND LEGACY

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
have been described as alternative rock , post-grunge and hard rock . When Grohl first started the band, its music was often compared to that of his previous group, Nirvana . Grohl acknowledged that Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain was a major influence on his songwriting. Grohl said, "Through Kurt, I saw the beauty of minimalism and the importance of music that's stripped down". Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
also utilized the technique of shifting between quiet verses and loud choruses, which Grohl said was influenced by the members of Nirvana "liking The Knack , Bay City Rollers , Beatles , and ABBA
ABBA
as much as we liked Flipper and Black Flag , I suppose". Writing and recording songs for the first Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
album by himself, Grohl wrote the guitar riffs to be as rhythmic as possible. He approached the guitar in a similar manner to his playing a drumkit, assigning different drum parts to different strings on the instrument. This allowed him to piece together songs easily; he said, "I could hear the song in my head before it was finished." Once Grohl assembled a full band, his bandmates assisted in song arrangements. Pitchfork described Grohl and the band as "his generation's answer to Tom Petty —a consistent hit machine pumping out working-class rock".

The members of Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
meld melodic elements with heavier ones. Grohl noted in 1997, "We all love music, whether it's the Beatles or Queen or punk rock . I think the lure of punk rock was the energy and immediacy; the need to thrash stuff around. But at the same time, we're all suckers for a beautiful melody, you know? So it is just natural." Grohl said in 2005, "I love being in a rock band, but I don't know if I necessarily wanna be in an alternative rock band from the 1990s for the rest of my life." Grohl noted that the band's acoustic tour was an attempt to broaden the group's sound.

Over their career, Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
have gone to influence bands of their respective genres, including several emo bands such as Saves the Day and Brand New, and is now considered as a reputable force in the post-grunge movement in the late-1990s to early-00s.

BAND MEMBERS

Main article: List of Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
band members

* Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1994–present), lead guitar (1994-1995, 1999), bass, drums (1994-1995) * Nate Mendel – bass (1995–present) * Pat Smear – rhythm and lead guitar (2010–present; touring 2005-2009), lead guitar, backing vocals (1995–1997) * Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1997–present) * Chris Shiflett – lead guitar, backing vocals (1999–present) * Rami Jaffee – keyboards, organ (2017–present; touring 2005–2017)

FORMER MEMBERS

* William Goldsmith – drums, percussion (1995–97) * Franz Stahl
Franz Stahl
– lead guitar, backing vocals (1997–99)

TIMELINE

DISCOGRAPHY

Main article: Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
discography Studio albums

* Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
(1995) * The Colour and the Shape (1997) * There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999) * One by One (2002) * In Your Honor (2005) * Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) * Wasting Light (2011) * Sonic Highways (2014) * Concrete and Gold (2017)

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
first received a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for their music video for " Learn to Fly " in 2000, and they have won ten others. These include four Grammys in the Best Rock Album category for There Is Nothing Left to Lose , One by One , Echoes, Silence, Patience -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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Foo Fighters
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