Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. 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.
Foo Fighters consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, drums), Nate Mendel (bass guitar), Taylor Hawkins (drums, backing vocals),Chris Shiflett (lead guitar, backing vocals), Pat Smear (lead guitar, backing vocals), rhythm guitar (touring) (2006–2009); rhythm guitar (2010–present). Earlier members included William Goldsmith (drums) and Franz Stahl (lead guitar, backing vocals).
For almost 20 years, Foo Fighters have been at the height of the alternative rock scene. Hailing from Seattle, U.S.A, former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl started the band (post Kurt Cobin’s untimely death).
Since 1994, the band has accumulated 11 Grammys and a number of high-profile awards from both sides of the Atlantic. In 2012 they picked up a BRIT Award for the best International Group category. T
The band’s eponymous 1995 album did well worldwide and signalled the beginning of a special era for the Foo Fighters. The album included the hits “This Is a Call”, “I’ll Stick Around” and “Big Me”.
Travelling around American, Foo Fighters second album The Colour and the Shape (1997) was another great success but also created tensions, with band wanting to emulate the success of the first album. This resulted in the drummer, William Goldsmith leaving the band. Smash hits from the second album were “Monkey Wrench”, “Everlong” and “My Hero”.
The period in the making of their third album There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999) proved to be an important time for the band. Grohl and Hawkins were inducted the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and tickets for their show in Hyde Park, London were highly popular.
One by One (2002) was again a new chapter for the band, with George W. Bush’s presidential campaign was using the song “Times Like These” and also a friendship was formed with the band Queen.
During the 2000s, Foo Fighters went on tour with Weezer and produced In Your Honor (2005), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) and Wasting Light (2011).
Over the course of the band’s career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. The band’s seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011, in which Smear returned as a full member. As of May 2014, the band’s seven albums have sold a combined 11.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band’s eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, and their second recorded with Butch Vig, was released in November 2014.
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)