Dave Grohl's band continues to haemorrhage members

Guitarist Franz Stahl has officially left the Foo Fighters during work on their as yet untitled third album.

He joined following the departure of original guitarist Pat Smear in 1997 – the same year as drummer Bill Goldsmith left.

Despite rising from the ashes of Nirvana the band are currently unsigned after leaving Capitol.

In a statement the remaining members Dave Grohl, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer Taylor Hawkins described the parting as “amicable but necessary”.

The band were also forced to cancel their Woodstock 30th Anniversary appearance.