Ex-Foo Fighters guitarist complains about not getting ‘closure’ after being fired in 1999

Franz Stahl was fired shortly before the band released their third album, 16 years ago

Former Foo Fighters member Franz Stahl has bemoaned his departure from the band almost two decades ago.

Stahl – a longtime friend of frontman Dave Grohl and member of his early band Scream – parted ways with the Foos after being fired by the group in 1999 via a conference call. He had been in the band for two years prior.

The guitarist speaks about his firing in a new Foo Fighters biography called Learning To Fly. Stahl tells author Mick Wall in the book that he’s not achieved “any sort of closure on any of it” despite the fact that “we’re going on 20 years now” since the event.


Stahl also spoke about his stint with the group during 2011 documentary Back And Forth, describing his time in the band as “the best years of my life”.

Stahl was fired prior to the group’s third album ‘There Is Nothing Left To Lose’, with Grohl telling Kerrang! at the time: “It just seemed like the three of us were moving in one direction and Franz wasn’t.”

New book Learning To Fly is publshed by Orion Press.

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Foo Fighters, meanwhile, announced at a recent live show that they have recorded five new songs with singer-songwriter Ben Kweller.

Frontman Dave Grohl confirmed the news at their headline set during the second weekend of Austin City Limits festival. “You know what I did last night? We recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city of Austin, Texas,” Grohl told the crowd on last month (October 9).

He also stated that he teamed up on the tracks with singer-songwriter Ben Kweller, who he later welcomed on to the stage to duet on ‘Big Me’.


Grohl added: “Just by chance, I bumped into an old friend that I hadn’t seen in about 16 years, right as I was recording a vocal. This motherfucker walks in — I’m like, ‘Hey, man!’ — and he starts fucking singing the most beautiful harmony to the thing I was singing. I was like, ‘Get your ass in the vocal booth right now.’ And then he said, ‘Hey, if you want, I’ll come up and sing a song with you tonight.'”

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