Foo Fighters Biography
This Alternative-Rock quartet was formed at the end of 1994 in Seattle, Washington USA, after the death of Kurt Cobain. Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl switched to vocals + guitar and after early rumors that Krist Novoselic would also be a member of the group, ultimately proved to be false, Grohl recruited guitarist Pat Smear and enlisted Sunny Day Real Estate's rhythm section: bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith to fill out the line-up.
Their debut single, "This Is A Call", was issued in June of 1995, it peaked at #2 on The Modern Rock chart and a few weeks later was followed by the band's self-titled debut album, the record reached #23 on the U.S. Top 200 Albums chart going platinum and hit the top 3 in Great Britain. The next two singles, "I'll Stick Around" and "Big Me", climbed to the #8 and #3 spots, respectively, on the Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart.
Goldsmith left the band during the recording of the Foo's second album
and was replaced by Taylor Hawkins. "The Colour And The Shape",
which arrived in May of 1997, debuted at #10 on The Billboard Top 200
Albums list and spawned four smash singles, the Mainstream and Modern
Rock top 10 hits "Monkey Wrench", "Everlong" and "My
Hero" plus "Walking After You" which reached the #12 position
on The Modern Rock chart.
Following the album's release, Smear quit and was later replaced for a brief period by Franz Stahl. Chris Shiflett was finally chosen as the permanent guitarist.
1999's "There Is Nothing Left To Lose" peaked at #10 in the U.S. and won a Grammy for Best Rock Album; the first single, "Learn To Fly", hit #1 on The Modern Rock chart, grabbed a #2 spot on The Mainstream Rock Tracks and became their first Billboard's Hot 100 entry at #13. It was followed by the Active Rock top 10 hit "Stacked Actors", the Modern Rock top 10 hit "Breakout" and the final single, "Next Year", has vaulted into the top 20 on the same chart.
The band scored another Modern and Mainstream Rock top 20 hit with "The One", a song featured on the 2001's "Orange County" soundtrack.
In October of 2002, Foo Fighters, returned with its fourth album, "One
By One", it reached the #3 spots on the North American charts and
#1 overseas in U.K. and Australia. The disc included the explosive #1
Billboard Modern Rock single "All My Life" which was honored
in the Best Hard Rock Performance category at 45th Annual Grammy Awards;
two more singles from the record cracked The Modern Rock chart including
the #5 smash "Times Like These" and the 2003's summer top 20
Not long aftwards "Darling Nikki", a song taken from the CD-single "Have It All", took the band back into the top 20 of The Modern Rock radio chart and "One By One" won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.
In late 2003 Dave Grohl started a side-project named Probot, a collection of Heavy-Metal superstars performance.
Foo Fighters resurfaced in June 2005 with the double-album, "In Your Honor"; guests include Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. The two-CD set went to #2 on The Billboard 200 in no time while the first single, "Best Of You", shot to #1 on both Modern and Mainstream Rock charts and also reached #18 on The Billboard Hot 100; the second single, "DOA", peaked at #1 on The Modern Rock chart and "No Way Back" became the album's third Modern Rock top 3 hit falling just one position short of #1. The CD also sold well across Europe where was released the U.K. Top 40 hit single "Resolve".
Grohl and his bandmates performed several acoustic concerts on "In Your Honor" supporting tour; one of these, a stop at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, is documented on the 2006 live album "Skin And Bones", which culls 15 highlights from the show including an unreleased track called "Skin And Bones".
September 2007 saw the release of the Foo's sixth studio record, "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace"; the first single off the album, "The Pretender", shot to #1 on both The Hot Mainstream Rock and The Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts. The subsequent hit singles, "Long Road To Ruin" and "Let It Die", were similarly successful rocketing up to #1 on the alt-Rock airplay chart and into the top 5 of The Hot Mainstream Tracks. The album was yet another worldwide smash going double-platinum in Australia after hitting #1 in six countries including Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, U.K. and Belgium. In the U.S. it peaked at #3 and won them Best Rock Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, that night Dave Grohl and company walked away with another Grammy: Best Hard Rock Performance for the aforementioned monster hit "The Pretender".
Foo Fighters issued a best-of collection, titled "Greatest Hits", in November 2009. The set, which featured two new songs including the Alternative Rock top 3 hit single "Wheels", fell just shy of the top 10 of The Billboard 200.
After months of speculation and swirling rumors, the group issued their long-awaited, next studio album "Wasting Light" in April 2011. It marks marks the official return of Pat Smear, who rejoined Foo Fighters' touring line-up in 2006 but hasn't played on the band's studio albums since 1997. The CD's first two singles, "Rope" and "Walk", both received tremendous airplay on Alternative and Active Rock station peaking at #1 on the Billboard charts.