|The Foo Fighters rocketed out of 1990s alternative scene and continue to make genre-defining music well into the 21st century. Led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters has left an indelible mark on rock music with hits like “Monkey Wrench,” “Next Year,” “All My Life,” “Times Like These” and “Best of You.” Through years of hard work and tireless touring, Foo Fighters have become one of the most recognizable rock bands around the world. Buy your Foo Fighters tickets today to experience one of modern rock’s most enduring and celebrated bands live!
Foo Fighters’ band leader Grohl learned to play the guitar long before he started drumming for Nirvana. Originally from Washington D.C., Grohl wrote his own music at a young age before joining a local hardcore band called Scream. The band dissolved in 1990, which led Grohl to move across the country to Seattle, where he became drummer for the legendary grunge band, Nirvana. After the tragic death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, Grohl took a few months off. Then, in collaboration with longtime friend Barrett Jones, Grohl got into the studio and recorded the Foo Fighters’ debut album, and printed 100 copies of the final product.
It didn’t take long for Grohl to catalyze label interest. He had played all the instruments on the demo, but rather than going solo, he decided to form a band. Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith from the recently dissolved band Sunny Day Real Estate, and rounded up the lineup with former Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear. After signing with Capitol Records, Grohl’s solo work went platinum by 1996, and the band supported the record on tour.
Rise to fame
The band entered the studio for the first time as a group to begin work on Foo Fighters’ sophomore full-length that same year. Goldsmith left the group and was replaced by former Alanis Morissette drummer Taylor Hawkins. In spring 1997, The Colour and the Shape was released to critical acclaim, but the band saw more lineup changes. Smear exited Foo Fighters during this period, and for the next two years the band lacked a permanent guitarist before signing on Chris Shiflett, solidifying Foo Fighters long-term lineup. (Although, Smear returned to the band in 2005.)
In 2001, Foo Fighters set out to record its fourth album, but internal struggles and a lack of confidence in the record drove production to a halt. Grohl took a break to work on Songs for the Deaf with Queens of the Stone Age, and then both bands went out on tour. For a moment, it seemed as if Foo Fighters was to be no more, but the band reconvened and worked to fix its fourth album. Though it took a complete overhaul, the record, titled One on One, included hits such as “All My Life” and “Times Like These.”
Foo Fighters were in no rush to get back into the studio and toured for a year and a half supporting One on One. The follow up was a double album featuring one record full of rock songs and another loaded with acoustic tracks. Over the next few years Foo Fighters continued to create music, tour internationally, win two Grammy Awards and released a greatest hits compilation. In 2011, the group released Wasting Light, which not only debuted in the No. 1 position on the Billboard charts, but also garnered the Fighters four more Grammy Awards. After a brief hiatus in 2012, the band returned to the studio. Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, released in November 2014.