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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.

Foo Fighters News

Foo Fighters fans start campaign to get the band to play hometown gig – watch

The campaign has raised over $8,400 (£5000) at the time of writing

  • Apr 15, 2014

Foo Fighters, Muse lead tributes to Kurt Cobain – watch

St Vincent also performs impromptu cover of 'Lithium' on 20th anniversary of Nirvana frontman's death

  • Apr 7, 2014

Taylor Hawkins describes solo album collaboration with Dave Grohl as 'David Bowie meets Queen'

Grohl will feature on Foo Fighters' drummer's 'The Birds Of Satan' LP

  • Apr 3, 2014

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins shares first track from new band The Birds Of Satan - listen

The drummer's new side project will release their debut album in April

  • Mar 8, 2014

Dave Grohl to guest on debut album by Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins' new band

The Birds of Satan side-project will release record in April

  • Mar 4, 2014

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Foo Fighters Music Videos

These Days Play Video

These Days

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These Days Play Video

These Days

Foo Fighters music video video for the track These Days.

Walk Play Video

Walk

Foo Fighters Walk official music video. Walk is the second single released from Foo Fighters' seventh album titled Wasting Light. It was written by Dave Grohl and co-produced by Butch Vig. The song can be heard in the...

White Limo Play Video

White Limo

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Rope Play Video

Rope

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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

Foo Fighters

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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Foo Fighters Biography

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. 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. Producer Butch Vig is set to produce his second album with the group.

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