FOO FIGHTERS is an American rock band, formed in
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 ,
which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited
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
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 , respectively,
although Stahl was fired before the recording of the group's third
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.
* 1 History
* 1.1 Formation and debut album (1994–1995)
The Colour and the Shape (1996–1997)
There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1998–2001)
* 1.4 One by One (2001–2004)
In Your Honor (2005–2006)
* 1.6 Echoes, Silence, Patience ">
Dave Grohl (pictured in 2006)
Foo Fighters after his previous band Nirvana ended in 1994
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.
Kurt Cobain was found dead in his
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
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 -based rock band
Sunny Day Real Estate , Grohl drafted the
group's bass player,
Nate Mendel , and drummer,
William Goldsmith .
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 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 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 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
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 in England in
THE COLOUR AND THE SHAPE (1996–1997)
After touring through the spring of 1996,
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
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 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 . 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 from the "My Hero" single, "Dear Lover", appeared in the horror
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 , both in England.
THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (1998–2001)
Foo Fighters traveled to Grohl's home state of
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 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
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
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
In January 2000,
Nate Mendel led a benefit concert in
AIDS denialist group
Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives with a speech by
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.
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
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 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
During September and October 2005, the band toured with
what was billed as the 'Foozer Tour' as the two bands co-headlined the
Foo Fighters also played a headline performance at the 2005
Reading and Leeds Festivals . On June 17, 2006,
Foo Fighters performed
its largest non-festival headlining concert to date at London's Hyde
Park . Motörhead's
Lemmy joined the band on stage to sing "Shake Your
Blood" from Dave Grohl's
Probot album. Also, as a surprise
Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen jammed with Foo
Fighters, playing part of "We Will Rock You" as a lead into "Tie Your
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
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
Jesse Peretz (formerly of the Lemonheads ). Other
singles included "Let It Die " and "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is
In October 2007,
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 and Asia,
including headlining the
Virgin Mobile Festival in
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
John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones (left) and
Jimmy Page (second from right)
Led Zeppelin performing at
Wembley Stadium , London in 2008
On June 7, 2008, the band played
Wembley Stadium , London and was
Jimmy Page and
John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones of
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
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
Pat Smear was present in many photos posted by Grohl
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 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
Wasting Light debuted at number one on the Billboard 200
chart, being the first
Foo Fighters album to do so. Other singles for
the album included "Walk ", "Arlandria ", "These Days" , and "Bridge
Alongside Wasting Light's release,
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
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 festival in Austin, Texas
, it was eventually released on DVD on June 2011.
On May 21, 2011,
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
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 would be
performing during the closing ceremony of
Blizzard Entertainment 's
annual video game convention, BlizzCon .
On August 27, 2012,
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
Pensacola Beach, Florida . On September 29, 2012, the band
performed at the Global Citizens' Festival, before embarking on a
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 , 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 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, 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 would commemorate the album
and their 20th anniversary with an
HBO TV series directed by Dave
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 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 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 performed at the
closing ceremony of the Invictus Games , their first official show in
England since closing
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
On August 8, 2014, the
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,
Foo Fighters also announced an international tour, dubbed
Sonic Highways World Tour, with performances in South Africa in
December 2014 and South America in January 2015. Their tour continued
New Zealand in February and March 2015.
On May 20, 2015, the
Foo Fighters were the final musical act to
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman , continuing their long
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 played "
Everlong ", which Letterman
said had significant meaning for him after his heart surgery in 2000.
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
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
In July 2015, one thousand Italian fans held the "Rockin1000"
gathering in Cesena, Italy, performing "Learn to Fly" all together and
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 in July 2015 at the
Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto,
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. that would
commemorate the band's 20th anniversary. This all-day event, to be
held at Washington's
RFK Stadium , was advertised as featuring
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts , Heart ,
LL Cool J
LL Cool J ,
Gary Clark Jr. , and
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 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 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 )
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
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 announced on June 20, 2017 that
Concrete and Gold ,
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 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
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 ,
ABBA as much as we liked Flipper and Black Flag , I suppose".
Writing and recording songs for the first
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 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 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.
Main article: List of
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
Chris Shiflett – lead guitar, backing vocals (1999–present)
Rami Jaffee – keyboards, organ (2017–present; touring
William Goldsmith – drums, percussion (1995–97)
Franz Stahl – lead guitar, backing vocals (1997–99)
Foo Fighters discography Studio albums
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 first received a
Grammy Award for their music video for
Learn to Fly " in 2000, and they have won ten others. These include
four Grammys in the
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