Foo Fighters Biography

Foo Fighters were formed in Seattle in 1994 following the death of Kurt Cobain and the subsequent break-up of Nirvana. Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl had previously belonged to Nirvana as drummer.

The name for the band derives from UFOs and other aerial phenomena that were collectively known as 'foo fighters' by World War II allied aircraft pilots. However, when talking about the name during his keynote speech at the 2013 SXSW festival, Grohl said: "Foo Fighters is the stupidest fucking name."

The debut album Foo Fighters was released in 1995 at a time when Grohl was the only official member of the band. He played all the instruments himself when recording the album, with the exception of one song with another guitarist. A band was formed for touring in 1995 with the recruitment of bassist Nate Mendel, drummer William Goldsmith and guitarist Pat Smear.

The second Foo Fighters album - the first recorded together as a band - was 'The Colour And The Shape' which was released in 1997 and included such hits as 'Monkey Wrench', 'My Hero' and 'Everlong'. Goldsmith and Smear quit the band, with Goldsmith replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Smear replaced first briefly Franz Stahl and then Chris Shiflett.

The band located to Grohl's basement in Virginia to record the third album Nothing Left To Lose which came out in 1999 and featured the single 'Learn To Fly'. 'One By One' was the next album to follow in 2002 and was almost totally re-recorded after Grohl came back to it in his Virginia home studio after a hiatus during which he drummed for Queens of the Stone Age.

In Your Honour was a double album released in 2005 which was split between heavy-rock and more acoustic material. 'Best Of You', a hit single from the album, was covered by Prince during his half-time performance at the Super Bowl in 2007. The sixth album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace came out in 2007. Pat Smear returned to the band in an official capacity in 2010 after touring with the band since 2006.

In 2011 Dave Grohl was accepted his award for Godlike Genius at the Shockwaves NME Awards from The Who's Roger Daltrey and the band played a 23-track set which featured the premiere of the entirety of the band's new album 'Wasting Light'. 'Wasting Light' went straight to Number One in the Official UK Album Chart in April 2011, ending Adele's record-breaking eleven week chart reign. The same month, the band also screened a documentary spanning the band's career for one-night only, entitled 'Back and Forth'.

Foo Fighters have confirmed they are working on album number eight and have promised it will "not be a conventional record" and that they are making the album "in a way that no one's ever done before." They kicked off the 2014 Super Bowl weekend by playing a gig in a parking lot in New York.

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Foo Fighters News

Dave Grohl criticises television talent shows

'That's not what music's about,' said the Foo Fighters frontman

  • Jul 16, 2014

Dave Grohl says new Foo Fighters album is 'about reinventing the process'

Singer says he doesn't want to just go on the road and 'sell a bunch of T-shirts'

  • Jul 11, 2014

Dave Grohl hints Foo Fighters will play more fan-funded concerts in the future

Frontman enthuses about online campaign that led to band playing date in Richmond, Virginia

  • Jul 4, 2014

Foo Fighters announce first ever South Africa live dates

Band will be joined by Kaiser Chiefs for Cape Town and Johannesburg gigs

  • Jun 24, 2014

Foo Fighters cover Queen, Van Halen and The Rolling Stones at Firefly Festival - watch

Band play set filled with cover versions at Delaware festival

  • Jun 21, 2014

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Foo Fighters Music Videos

Live at Wembley Stadium Play Video

Live at Wembley Stadium

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Foo Fighters Reviews

Live Review: Foo Fighters

Live Review: Foo Fighters

T In The Park, Sunday 10th July

  • Jul 12, 2011

Live Review: Radio 1 Big Weekend

Carlisle, Saturday, May 14th - Sunday May 15th

  • May 25, 2011

Album Review: Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (Roswell/RCA)

If Grohl’s gang were searching for their identity after nailing their stadium shows, they found it by heading back to the garage

  • Apr 6, 2011

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (26/2/11)

Foo Fighters, James Franco, Vessels

  • Mar 2, 2011

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The choruses are big, but is the formula starting to wear a little thin? Manchester Stadium (June 2)

  • Jun 12, 2008

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