Foo Fighters Biography

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Foo FightersMembers


Dave Grohl, Vocals, Guitars, Drums
Taylor Hawkins, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Nate Mendel, Bass
Chris Shiflett, Guitar, Backing Vocals


William Goldsmith, Drums, Percussion
Pat Smear, Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Franz Stahl, Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals


The Foo Fighters is a rock band that was formed sometime during 1995 by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl. The band was formed partly due to the untimely demise of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994 which prematurely dissolved the Nirvana. Even before Nirvana ceased to become a band, Dave had already a collection of self-composed music on hand. He just held it back for fear that it might ruin the ongoing chemistry with Nirvana. What Grohl did was booked out some studio time in order to record demos of his songs and was able to issue a cassette of the songs in 1992 under the name "Late!".

Months after Cobain’s death, Grohl decided to record some of his own songs in a Seattle studio as demo recordings. Grohl played all the instruments as well as sang all the vocals for all the song demos except for the guitar part of one song. Grohl was then brought into Capitol Records where the demos were professionally mixed and then became what was the official Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut album.

After the album was finished, Grohl didn’t want Foo Fighters to proceed as a one-man studio project. He then started to look for possible band members to help support the debut album. Grohl first considered inviting Krist Novoselic, fellow Nirvana band member, to play bass for the Foo Fighters. Novoselic declined the offer with concerns that the Foo Fighters may be seen as a rip-off of their former band. Instead, Grohl was able to get the services of bass player Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith from the then disbanding emocore outfit, Sunny Day Real Estate. Pat Smear then joined the Foo Fighters as the lead guitarist to complete the band’s initial line up.

In June of 1995, the Foo Fighters’ first single, "This is A Call" was released which was followed a month after by the release of their debut album. The band followed the release by going on tour in order to promote the album. After the end of their touring sometime in the early months of 1996, the Foo Fighters went back to the studio in order to record the band’s upcoming second album. At around the same time, tensions were brewing between Grohl and the band’s drummer, Goldsmith that ended with the Goldsmith departing from the band.

During the recording of the second album, Grohl took over the drum duties. Just before the release, Taylor Hawkins took over as the band’s drummer. In the May of 1997, the band’s second album, "The Colour and the Shape" was released. With this album, the Foo Fighters received much radio airplay that helped catapult them to superstardom. This led to other successful albums of which two, "There is Nothing Left to Lose" and "One by One", were able to get the Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.

Notable Songs

This is a Call, Everlong, Learn to Fly, Times Like These, Best of You, DOA



Foo Fighters
The Colour and the Shape
There Is Nothing Left to Lose
One by One
In Your Honor

Singles: "This Is a Call" • "I’ll Stick Around" • "For All the Cows" • "Big Me" • "Monkey Wrench" • "Everlong" • "My Hero" • "Walking After You" • "Learn to Fly" • "Stacked Actors" • "Generator" • "Breakout" • "Next Year" • "The One" • "All My Life" • "Times Like These" • "Low" • "Have It All" • "Best of You" • "DOA" • "Resolve" • "No Way Back/Cold Day in the Sun"

EPs: Five Songs and a Cover

Live albums: Skin and Bones

Live DVD’s: Everywhere But Home • Skin and Bones

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