The alternative rock band Foo Fighters emerged onto the music scene with a self-titled album in 1994. The record was entirely written and recorded by Dave Grohl, who at that point was known as the drummer for the band Nirvana.
During the 90s when alt rock genre was all the rage and a number of new bands were coming forward, few would have anticipated the level and consistency of the success Foo Fighters would go on to achieve. While other bands scored a hit or two, this Seattle based band sold out stadiums and ruled the charts with back to back hits, thereby carving its niche in the music industry.
Foo Fighters recently shared a new song ‘The Line’ from their upcoming LP titled ‘Concrete and Gold.’ Besides they have also announced dates for their upcoming tour, thus increasing the demand for Foo Fighters tickets.
Dave Grohl previously served as the powerhouse drummer of the band Nirvana. However, he had a hidden talent of guitar playing as well as songwriting. While touring and in between the time he got off from recording, he would write his own songs. But owing to lack of confidence at the time, he never shared these with anyone.
After Nirvana disbanded, Grohl started receiving offers from various artists. There were rumors that he might be joining Pearl Jam. However, Grohl did what nobody had anticipated. He went into the studio and recorded fifteen of the songs he had written. And on almost every one of them he sang every vocal and played all the instruments himself. In order to maintain his anonymity, he decided to release this recorded material under the name ‘Foo Fighetrs.’ - a World World II term used to refer to unidentified flying objects.
Dave Grohl then decided to circulate this demo tape in the music industry. The recordings had the record labels interested. After receiving a positive response, Grohl decided to form a band and approached his former Nirvana band mate Krist Novolselic who refused the offer.
Eventually Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel, drummer William Goldsmith and guitarist Pat Smear and the Foo Fighters was formed.
Following the formation of the band, Dave Grohl’s recordings were officially released as an album under a record label. The songs got a terrific response from fans and critics alike. Among the most popular ones on the record are ‘I’ll Stick Around,’ ‘This is A Call’ and ‘Big Me.’
However, the first album by Foo Fighters as a band was ‘The Colour and the Shape’ which was release in 1997. With songs ‘Monkey Wrench,’ ‘My Hero’ and ‘Everlong’ the album made it to the top ten on the album charts.
Foo Fighters followed up the success of ‘The Colour and the Shape’ with the album ‘There is Nothing Left to Lose’ in 1999. The album earned the band their first Grammy in the category of Best Rock Album. Besides, Foo Fighters also won a Grammy in the category of Best Short Form Music Video for the single ‘Learn to Fly.’
Foo Fighters’ discography boasts of eight studio albums, with the ninth one on its way.
There have been a number of changes in the band line-up over the years. Goldsmith was replaced by Taylor Hawkins while Franz Stahl took up the place of Smear. Later Stahl left the band and the promotional tour of ‘There is Nothing Left to Lose’ saw a new guitarist Chris Shiflett for the Foo Fighters.
The 2002 album ‘One by One’ may not be among Grohl’s personal favorites but it is a platinum selling album with hit singles ‘Times Like These’ and ‘All My Life.’
Foo Fighters’ 2007 album titled ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ won an impressive five Grammys, including one in the category of ‘Album of the Year.’
‘Wasting Light’ is another music record which stands out in the Foo Fighters discography. It was released after a gap of four years in April of 2011. It had the former guitarist Pat Smear rejoin the band. Recorded at Grohl’s home studio, the album features Bob Mould, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and violinist/cellist Jessy Greene.
For Foo Fighters’ eighth album ‘Sonic Highways,’ Grohl got ambitious and decided to record each one of its eight songs in different US cities with one guest artist from each city. While writing songs for this album, Grohl travelled across eight cities to discuss that particular city’s music history with various people. He then translated his observations, research and understanding into the lyrics of his songs. The record received a tremendous response, debuting at the second spot on the Billboard 200.
Awards & Honors
Foo Fighters have a plethora of awards and honors to their name. They have won four Grammys in the category of Best Rock Album for One By One, There is Nothing Left to Lose, wasting Light and Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and another three awards for ‘Best Hard Rock Performance’ for the singles All My Life, White Limo and The Pretender.
At the 54th Grammy Awards, Foo Fighters performed the song ‘Walk’ along with a remix version of the song ‘Rope.’ They received six Grammy nominations and bagged awards in five categories, losing only the Album of the Year award to Adele.
Foo Fighters also have three Kerrang! Awards. They won the 2011 MTV Video Music Award in the category of Best Rock Video for their song ‘Walk.’ They also bagged the Radio Contraband Major Label Artist of the Year honor in 2011 and 2014.
Foo Fighters is gearing up for the release of ‘Concrete and Gold.’ It is their first LP since ‘Sonic Highways’ in 2014 and also follows up their 2015 EP titled ‘Saint Cecilia.’ Recorded with pop producer Greg Kurstin, it features Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Inara George of The Bird and the Bee.
‘Concrete and Gold’ is slated for mid September release, following which Foo Fighters will embark on a North American tour in its support. The trek is scheduled to begin with a show in San Bernardino on October 7.
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