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The Foo Fighters are 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. Prior to the release of Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album 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 fellow Nirvana touring bandmate Pat Smear as guitarist 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.

They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and 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. In 2010, it was confirmed that Smear had officially rejoined the band after touring with Foo Fighters as an unofficial member between 2006 and 2009. 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, was released in 2011. Grohl stated in January 2013 that the band had started writing material for an eighth studio album, which Butch Vig is to produce and would be his second album with the group. As of May 2014, the band's seven albums have sold a combined 11.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Dave Grohl criticises television talent shows

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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Live at Wembley Stadium Play Video

Live at Wembley Stadium

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Live Review: Foo Fighters

Live Review: Foo Fighters

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  • Jul 12, 2011

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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

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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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