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Foo Fighters (formed 1995)
Foo Fighters are a band that began as a solo project for Dave Grohl, the former drummer for Nirvana. They are now an internationally renowned band and three of their albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.
The early years: During his time as Nirvana's drummer, Dave Grohl occasionally booked studio time to record his own demos, not wanting to ruin the chemistry of Nirvana by introducing his own songs to the band. Grohl released a cassette entitled Pocketwatch in 1992, under the pseudonym `Late!'
The demo tapes that eventually became the debut Foo Fighters album were recorded in Seattle. Grohl played all the instruments and sang all the vocals on the recordings, apart from one guitar line, which was played by Greg Dulli of the band Afghan Whigs.
Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was the initial candidate to play bass in Foo Fighters but both Novoselic and Grohl were concerned that people may think the pair were trying to reincarnate Nirvana. However, Grohl was keen to avoid Foo Fighters being a one-man studio project. He drafted ex-Sunny Day Real Estate bass player Nate Mendel and their drummer, William Goldsmith. To complete the line-up, Grohl invited Nirvana's occasional touring guitarist, Pat Smear to play second guitar. Smear also used to be a member of the punk band The Germs.
The first single, `This Is A Call' was released in 1995, followed by the self-titled album. That same year, they made their first appearance at the Reading Festival.
Mainstream Success: The second album was recorded with producer Gil Norton but Grohl was unhappy with the mixes of the tracks. He headed to a studio in Washington DC and began recording some of the songs again by himself. The newer version of `Walking After You', with Grohl playing all the instruments, was the one used for the album.
When the band re-grouped in LA to re-record the album, with Grohl playing drums, Goldsmith was not informed about the session. Eventually, he found out from Mendel. Feeling betrayed, he left the band. The album, The Colour and The Shape was released in 1997.
Alanis Morrisette's touring drummer, Taylor Hawkins volunteered for the role of drummer in the band and was playing live with the band in time for the release of The Colour and The Shape. In September of 1997, outside the MTV Video Music Awards, Pat Smear also announced that he was leaving the band, and introduced the crowd to his replacement, Franz Stahl. Stahl appeared on two soundtrack recordings (a re-recorded `Walking After You' for The X-Files and `A320' for Godzilla) but left the band before they recorded their third album.
There is Nothing Left To Lose was recorded in Virginia, as a three-piece. The single `Learn To Fly' was the band's first single to hit the Billboard Hot 100. Chris Shiflett successfully auditioned as a touring guitarist and eventually became a permanent member of the band.
When Queen were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Grohl and Hawkins performed with them, with Dave Grohl taking on the vocals of the late Freddie Mercury. Grohl also took time out to help Queens of the Stone Age record their Songs for the Deaf album, after spending four months recording the Foo Fighters' fourth album.
Having finished the QotSA album, however, Grohl was inspired to get Foo Fighters to re-record their own album. The resulting record was entitled One By One. The single, `Times Like These' was used as part of George W. Bush's presidential campaign, much to the band's distaste.
The fifth Foo Fighters studio album was In Your Honour, a double CD. One disc was acoustic numbers, the other contained rock songs. Grohl stated that it was the perfect way to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary.
The follow up, produced by Gil Norton again, was released in 2007, entitled Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. Soon after the album's completion, the band played at the huge `Live Earth' event at Wembley Stadium.
They also performed their song `The Pretender' at the Grammy awards, with John Paul Jones conducting the orchestra.
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
Foo Fighters are thrilled to announce that their new festival Cal Jam has officially been confirmed for 2018 - and it's only been a month since its first event. It's safe to say next year will only be bigger and better after the immense success this October.
Foo Fighters live at Glastonbury
While the line-up and ticketing information is yet to be announced, Dave Grohl and co. can confirm that they will be back for another weekend of pure rock 'n' roll with their revival of the long forgotten 70s festival California Jam which was originally co-headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1974.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Confirm That Cal Jam 2018 Is Happening
Foo Fighters think Wolf Alice are ''scared'' of them, after the two bands ran into each other at LA's EastWest studios.
Foo Fighters think Wolf Alice are ''scared'' of them.
The 'All My Life' rockers recorded their new album 'Concrete and Gold' in Los Angles' EastWest studios, and whilst there they bumped into the London band, who were working on second record 'Visions of a Life'.
However, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl doesn't think he left the best impression on the band, as whilst he also mingled with the likes of Deep Purple and Lady Gaga, he thinks the 'Yuk Foo' rockers were intimidated by the band.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters: Wolf Alice Are 'scared' Of Us
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters will be playing three huge gigs in Manchester and London in June next year.
Foo Fighters have announced a clutch of huge stadium gigs in the UK for next summer in support of their recently released album Concrete and Gold.
The rock heroes will be playing three gigs in Britain in June 2018, with a gig at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 19th followed by two dates at London’s Wembley Stadium on the 22nd and 23rd. Tickets for the gigs will be available on Friday October 20th at 9am.
The Foos had teased the gigs with a series of punk-era cartoons featuring each member of the band via their Twitter account throughout Wednesday (October 11th).
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Announce Huge UK Stadium Gigs In Summer 2018
Foo Fighters love to collect ''weird'' pieces of fan art and stick them on display in their studio.
Foo Fighters collect ''weird'' fan art.
The 'Run' hitmakers are particularly fond of the pieces they are sent which are a ''little off'' and put them on display in the studio/
Frontman Dave Grohl said: ''We like sending each other weird fan drawings because we always think they're really funny.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Collect Fan Art
This is a live collaboration you wish you'd seen for yourself.
Foo Fighters continue their string of random stage collaborations as they are joined by none other than Liam Gallagher and Joe Perry for a rendition of Beatles classic 'Come Together'. It's obvious that Liam didn't know the words, but that didn't ruin this epic performance.
Foo Fighters perform at Glastonbury Festival
It doesn't get more rock 'n' than this. Foo Fighters playing the 1969 Beatles track from 'Abbey Road' with Liam Gallagher from Oasis singing and Aerosmith's Joe Perry on guitar live at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino County, California for CalJam 2017 on Saturday (October 7th).
Sir Paul McCartney was joined on stage by Billy Joel at his New York concert on Tuesday (26.09.17) and they performed two Beatles tracks together.
The Beatles legend invited the 'Piano Man' hitmaker on stage at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Tuesday (26.09.17) to perform two classic tracks by his former band, 'Get Back', which is from the album 'Let It Be', and 'The White Album's 'Birthday'.
Billy played electric piano on the tracks, and Paul dedicated 'Birthday' to the entire audience.
Continue reading: Paul McCartney Joined By Billy Joel
He also slapped a jet-lagged Taylor Hawkins.
The British royal family sure do make it very difficult to dislike them; especially when it comes to their most down-to-earth heir Prince Harry. He was actually one of the very first people to pay Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl a visit when he broke his leg.
Foo Fighters performing at Glastonbury
According to the 48-year-old rockstar, Prince Harry dropped in on him when he was in London getting his leg fixed, after doing a stage dive in Gothenburg back in 2015 that went nastily wrong. The royal even brought him a little gift to make hospital life a little easier.
Continue reading: Dave Grohl Recalls The Time Prince Harry Visited Him In Hospital
Foo Fighters have announced a huge South American tour with fellow hard rockers Queens of the Stone Age
The two rock bands - who have been linked for years after front man Dave Grohl drummed for the group over 15 years ago - will hit the road together in Brazil and Argentina early next year.
Fans across the world can pre-register for the ticket sale now, as the Foo Fighters continue to tour the world in support of their ninth studio album 'Concrete and Gold'.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters And Queens Of The Stone Age Announce Tour
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.
Foo Fighters have released a statement regarding the ticketing chaos that preceded their huge gig at London’s O2 Arena last night, which saw scores of ticketholders turned away after a mix-up regarding identification.
Many fans turned up at Tuesday night’s sold-out gig in front of 20,000 fans, only to be refused entry when they couldn’t present photo ID matching the details of their booking – an arrangement that the venue said had been put in place at the request of the band to try to prevent second-hand selling and touting.
Fans were outraged to discover that their tickets were not valid, and many others complained that they had not been told about the arrangement before the gig.
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Issue Statement After Ticketing Chaos For London Gig
Foo Fighters were once again joined by Rick Astley on stage, as Dave Grohl invited the singer to perform 'Never Gonna Give You Up' during the rocker's London show this week
The 'Monkey Wrench' rock icon called up the 'Never Gonna Give You Up' singer - who previously jointed the band back in August during their Summersonic festival appearance in Japan - to recreate and perform a heavy version of his hugely popular hit single , which was released 30 years ago.
Introducing his new friend onto the stage at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday night (19.09.17), Grohl said: ''Every now and then you meet a bada** motherf****r. Will you please welcome one of the most bada** motherf*****s: Rick Astley!''
Continue reading: Foo Fighters Joined By Rick Astley
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl injures his leg while performing in Gothenburg. Grohl was rushed to a hospital but returned less than an hour later to finish the show while sitting in a wheelchair, with his leg in a cast. at Ullevi - Gothenburg, Sweden - Friday 12th June 2015
Foo Fighters - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014
Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters and Grammy - Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters Sunday 12th February 2012 54th Annual Grammy Awards (The Grammys) - 2012 Arrivals held at the Staples Center
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