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This article is about the rock band. Foo Fighters_sentence_0

For their debut album, see Foo Fighters (album). Foo Fighters_sentence_1

For the aerial phenomenon, see Foo fighter. Foo Fighters_sentence_2

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Also known asFoo Fighters_header_cell_0_2_0 The Holy ShitsFoo Fighters_cell_0_2_1
OriginFoo Fighters_header_cell_0_3_0 Seattle, Washington, U.S.Foo Fighters_cell_0_3_1
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Years activeFoo Fighters_header_cell_0_5_0 1994 (1994)–presentFoo Fighters_cell_0_5_1
LabelsFoo Fighters_header_cell_0_6_0 Foo Fighters_cell_0_6_1
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WebsiteFoo Fighters_header_cell_0_8_0 Foo Fighters_cell_0_8_1
MembersFoo Fighters_header_cell_0_10_0 Foo Fighters_cell_0_10_1
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Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. Foo Fighters_sentence_3

It was founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the suicide of Kurt Cobain. Foo Fighters_sentence_4

The group took its name from "Foo fighter", a nickname coined by Allied aircraft pilots for UFOs and other aerial phenomena. Foo Fighters_sentence_5

Over the course of their career, Foo Fighters have won 12 Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album four times. Foo Fighters_sentence_6

The band has also won an American Music Award, four Brit Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Foo Fighters_sentence_7

Prior to the release of Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear. Foo Fighters_sentence_8

The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. Foo Fighters_sentence_9

Goldsmith quit during the recording of their second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997), when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl. Foo Fighters_sentence_10

Smear departed soon afterward, but appeared as a guest with the band frequently from 2006, and rejoined in 2011. Foo Fighters_sentence_11

They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999). Foo Fighters_sentence_12

The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined on guitar after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. Foo Fighters_sentence_13

The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002. Foo Fighters_sentence_14

The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material. Foo Fighters_sentence_15

Foo Fighters released their sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. Foo Fighters_sentence_16

The band's seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig, was released in 2011, in which Smear returned as a full member. Foo Fighters_sentence_17

In November 2014, the band's eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. Foo Fighters_sentence_18

On September 15, 2017, the band released their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, which became their second to reach number one in the United States and was the band's first studio album to feature longtime session and touring keyboardist Rami Jaffee as a full member. Foo Fighters_sentence_19

In February 2021, the band will release its tenth album, Medicine at Midnight. Foo Fighters_sentence_20

History Foo Fighters_section_0

Background and first demos (1990–1994) Foo Fighters_section_1

In 1990, Dave Grohl joined the grunge group Nirvana as drummer. Foo Fighters_sentence_21

During tours, he took a guitar with him and wrote songs. Foo Fighters_sentence_22

However, he was "in awe" of the songs written by frontman Kurt Cobain, and was too intimidated to share his own songs with the band. Foo Fighters_sentence_23

Grohl occasionally booked studio time to record demos and covers, and issued an album of demos, Pocketwatch, under the pseudonym "Late!" Foo Fighters_sentence_24

in 1992. Foo Fighters_sentence_25

Nirvana disbanded after the death of Cobain in 1994. Foo Fighters_sentence_26

Grohl received offers to work with various artists; press rumors indicated he might join Pearl Jam, and he almost accepted a position as drummer in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Foo Fighters_sentence_27

Grohl instead entered Robert Lang Studios in October 1994 to record 15 of the 40 songs he had written. Foo Fighters_sentence_28

With the exception of a guitar part on "X-Static", played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, Grohl played every instrument and sang every vocal. Foo Fighters_sentence_29

"I was supposed to just join another band and be a drummer the rest of my life," Grohl later said. Foo Fighters_sentence_30

"I thought that I would rather do what no one expected me to do. Foo Fighters_sentence_31

I enjoy writing music and I enjoy trying to sing, and there's nothing anyone can really do to discourage me." Foo Fighters_sentence_32

Grohl completed an album's worth of material in five days and handed out cassette copies of the sessions to his friends for feedback. Foo Fighters_sentence_33

Grohl hoped to stay anonymous and release the recordings in a limited run under the name Foo Fighters, taken from "foo fighter", a World War II term for unidentified flying objects. Foo Fighters_sentence_34

He hoped the name would lead listeners to assume the music was made by several people. Foo Fighters_sentence_35

He said later: "Had I actually considered this to be a career, I probably would have called it something else, because it's the stupidest fucking band name in the world." Foo Fighters_sentence_36

The demo tape circulated in the industry, creating interest among record labels. Foo Fighters_sentence_37

Formation and debut album (1994–1995) Foo Fighters_section_2

Grohl formed a band to support the album. Foo Fighters_sentence_38

He spoke to Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic about joining the group, but they decided against it; Grohl said it would have felt "really natural" for them to work together, but would have felt "weird" for the others and placed more pressure on Grohl. Foo Fighters_sentence_39

Instead, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both of the recently disbanded Seattle group Sunny Day Real Estate. Foo Fighters_sentence_40

Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear joined as second guitarist. Foo Fighters_sentence_41

Grohl licensed the album to Capitol Records, releasing it on Roswell Records, his new record label. Foo Fighters_sentence_42

Foo Fighters made their live public debut on February 23, 1995, at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, California, and then March 3 at The Satyricon in Portland. Foo Fighters_sentence_43

This was followed by a show at the Velvet Elvis in Seattle on March 4. Foo Fighters_sentence_44

The show on March 3 had been part of a benefit gig to aid the finances of the investigation into the rape and murder of Gits singer Mia Zapata. Foo Fighters_sentence_45

Grohl refused to do interviews or tour large venues to promote the album. Foo Fighters_sentence_46

Foo Fighters undertook their first major tour in the spring of 1995, opening for Mike Watt. Foo Fighters_sentence_47

The band's first single, "This Is a Call", was released in June 1995, and its debut album Foo Fighters was released the next month. Foo Fighters_sentence_48

"I'll Stick Around", "For All the Cows", and "Big Me" were released as subsequent singles. Foo Fighters_sentence_49

The band spent the following months on tour, including their first appearance at the Reading Festival in England in August. Foo Fighters_sentence_50

The Colour and the Shape (1996–1997) Foo Fighters_section_3

After touring through the spring of 1996, Foo Fighters entered Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, Washington, with producer Gil Norton to record its second album. Foo Fighters_sentence_51

While Grohl once again wrote all the songs, the rest of the band collaborated on the arrangements. Foo Fighters_sentence_52

With the sessions nearly complete, Grohl took the rough mixes to Los Angeles, intending to finish up his vocal and guitar parts. Foo Fighters_sentence_53

While there, Grohl realized that he was not happy with the drumming, and replaced most of Goldsmith's drum tracks with his own. Foo Fighters_sentence_54

Though Grohl hoped that Goldsmith would still play on the tour, Goldsmith felt betrayed and left the band. Foo Fighters_sentence_55

In need of a replacement for Goldsmith, Grohl contacted Alanis Morissette's touring drummer Taylor Hawkins for a recommendation. Foo Fighters_sentence_56

Grohl was surprised when Hawkins volunteered his own services as drummer. Foo Fighters_sentence_57

Hawkins made his debut with the group in time for the release of its second album, The Colour and the Shape, in May 1997. Foo Fighters_sentence_58

The album included the singles "Monkey Wrench", "Everlong", "My Hero", and "Walking After You". Foo Fighters_sentence_59

Smear left Foo Fighters in 1997, citing exhaustion and burnout, and was replaced by Grohl's former Scream bandmate Franz Stahl. Foo Fighters_sentence_60

Stahl toured with Foo Fighters for the next few months, and appeared on two tracks recorded for movie soundtracks, a re-recording of "Walking After You" for and "A320" for Godzilla. Foo Fighters_sentence_61

A B-side from the "My Hero" single, "Dear Lover", appeared in the horror film Scream 2. Foo Fighters_sentence_62

The tour for The Colour and the Shape album included a main stage performance at the 1998 Glastonbury Festival, another at the 1998 Ozzfest replacing Korn, and culminated with a performance at the 1998 Reading Festival, both in England. Foo Fighters_sentence_63

There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1998–2001) Foo Fighters_section_4

In 1998, Foo Fighters traveled to Grohl's home state of Virginia to write music for their third album. Foo Fighters_sentence_64

However, Grohl and Stahl were unable to co-operate as songwriters; Grohl told Kerrang! Foo Fighters_sentence_65

in 1999, "in those few weeks it just seemed like the three of us were moving in one direction and Franz wasn't". Foo Fighters_sentence_66

Grohl was distraught over the decision to fire Stahl, as the two had been friends since childhood. Foo Fighters_sentence_67

Shortly after that, Mendel called Grohl to say he was quitting to reunite with Sunny Day Real Estate, only to reverse his decision the next day. Foo Fighters_sentence_68

The remaining trio of Grohl, Mendel, and Hawkins spent several months recording the band's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, in Grohl's Virginia home studio. Foo Fighters_sentence_69

The album spawned several singles, including "Learn to Fly", the band's first single to reach the US Billboard Hot 100. Foo Fighters_sentence_70

Other singles included "Stacked Actors", "Generator", "Next Year" and "Breakout". Foo Fighters_sentence_71

Before the release of the album, Capitol Records president Gary Gersh was forced out of the label. Foo Fighters_sentence_72

Given Grohl's history with Gersh, Foo Fighters' contract had included a "key man clause" that allowed them to leave the label upon Gersh's departure. Foo Fighters_sentence_73

They subsequently left Capitol and signed with RCA, who later acquired the rights to the band's Capitol albums. Foo Fighters_sentence_74

After recording for There Is Nothing Left to Lose was completed, the band auditioned a number of potential guitarists, and settled on Chris Shiflett, who performs with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and previously performed with California punk band No Use for a Name. Foo Fighters_sentence_75

Shiflett initially joined the band as touring guitarist, but achieved full-time status prior to the recording of the group's fourth album. Foo Fighters_sentence_76

In January 2000, Nate Mendel led a benefit concert in Hollywood for AIDS denialist group Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives with a speech by founder Christine Maggiore and free copies of her self-published book, What If Everything You Thought You Knew About AIDS Was Wrong? Foo Fighters_sentence_77

Additionally, the band's official website featured a section devoted to Alive & Well. Foo Fighters_sentence_78

Sandra Thurman, then director of the Office of National AIDS Policy stated this was "extraordinarily irresponsible behavior" because "There is no doubt about the link between HIV and AIDS in the respected scientific community". Foo Fighters_sentence_79

Links and references to Alive & Well have since been removed from the band's website and no further mentions or shows of support have been made. Foo Fighters_sentence_80

Around 2001, Foo Fighters established a relationship with rock band Queen, of whom the band (particularly Grohl and Hawkins) were fans. Foo Fighters_sentence_81

In March of that year, Grohl and Hawkins inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and joined them on stage for a rendition of the 1976 classic "Tie Your Mother Down", with Hawkins playing drums alongside Roger Taylor. Foo Fighters_sentence_82

Guitarist Brian May added a guitar track to Foo Fighters' second cover of Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar", which appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Mission: Impossible 2. Foo Fighters_sentence_83

In 2002, guitarist May contributed guitar work to "Tired of You" and an outtake called "Knucklehead". Foo Fighters_sentence_84

The bands have performed together on several occasions since, including VH1 Rock Honors and Foo Fighters' headlining concert in Hyde Park. Foo Fighters_sentence_85

One by One (2001–2004) Foo Fighters_section_5

Near the end of 2001, the band reconvened to record its fourth album. Foo Fighters_sentence_86

After spending four months in a Los Angeles studio completing the album, the album "just didn't sound right" and the band had no confidence in the album to sell many records. Foo Fighters_sentence_87

With the album not reaching their expectations, and much infighting amongst the members, Grohl spent some time helping Queens of the Stone Age complete their 2002 album Songs for the Deaf. Foo Fighters_sentence_88

Once the Queens of the Stone Age album was finished, and touring had started for both Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age, the band was on the verge of breaking up entirely as the animosity grew amongst the members. Foo Fighters_sentence_89

Grohl reconvened with Hawkins, Shiflett and Mendel to have them play at the Coachella Festival, with Queens of the Stone Age playing one day and Foo Fighters the following. Foo Fighters_sentence_90

After the Queens of the Stone Age played, Hawkins and Grohl talked about retrying the One by One album and after the group enjoyed their performance the following day so much they agreed to stay together. Foo Fighters_sentence_91

The group then re-recorded nearly all of the album (save "Tired of You") in a ten-day stretch at Grohl's home studio in Alexandria, Virginia, the following month. Foo Fighters_sentence_92

The original version of One by One, referred to by the band as "Million Dollar Demos", has never been heard or released in its entirety, though 7 tracks from the sessions were eventually leaked online in 2012 and 2015. Foo Fighters_sentence_93

The final album was released in October 2002 under the title One by One. Foo Fighters_sentence_94

Singles from the album included "All My Life", "Times Like These", "Low", and "Have It All". Foo Fighters_sentence_95

The tour for the album included a headline performance at the 2002 Reading and Leeds Festivals. Foo Fighters_sentence_96

For most of its history, the band chose to stay away from the political realm. Foo Fighters_sentence_97

However, in 2004, upon learning that George W. Bush's presidential campaign was using "Times Like These" at rallies, Grohl decided to lend his public support to John Kerry's campaign – "There's no way of stopping the president playing your songs, so I went out and played it for John Kerry's people instead, where I thought the message would kinda make more sense". Foo Fighters_sentence_98

Grohl attended several Kerry rallies and occasionally performed solo acoustic sets. Foo Fighters_sentence_99

The entire band eventually joined Grohl for a performance in Arizona coinciding with one of the presidential debates. Foo Fighters_sentence_100

In Your Honor (2005–2006) Foo Fighters_section_6

Having spent a year and a half touring behind One by One, Grohl did not want to rush into recording another Foo Fighters record. Foo Fighters_sentence_101

Initially Grohl intended to write acoustic material by himself, but eventually the project involved the entire band. Foo Fighters_sentence_102

To record its fifth album, the band shifted to Los Angeles and built a recording studio, dubbed Studio 606 West. Foo Fighters_sentence_103

Grohl insisted that the album be divided into two discs–one full of rock songs, the other featuring acoustic tracks. Foo Fighters_sentence_104

In Your Honor was released in June 2005. Foo Fighters_sentence_105

The album's singles included "Best of You", "DOA", "Resolve" and "No Way Back/Cold Day in the Sun". Foo Fighters_sentence_106

During September and October 2005, the band toured with Weezer on what was billed as the 'Foozer Tour' as the two bands co-headlined the tour. Foo Fighters_sentence_107

Foo Fighters also played a headline performance at the 2005 Reading and Leeds Festivals. Foo Fighters_sentence_108

On June 17, 2006, Foo Fighters performed their largest non-festival headlining concert to date at London's Hyde Park. Foo Fighters_sentence_109

Motörhead's Lemmy joined the band on stage to sing "Shake Your Blood" from Dave Grohl's Probot album. Foo Fighters_sentence_110

Also, as a surprise performance, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen jammed with Foo Fighters, playing part of "We Will Rock You" as a lead in to "Tie Your Mother Down". Foo Fighters_sentence_111

In further support of In Your Honor, the band decided to organize a short acoustic tour for the summer of 2006. Foo Fighters_sentence_112

The tour included members who had also performed with them in late 2005, such as former member Pat Smear, who rejoined the band, Petra Haden on violin and backing vocals, Drew Hester on percussion, and Rami Jaffee of The Wallflowers on keyboard and piano. Foo Fighters_sentence_113

While much of the setlist focused on In Your Honor's acoustic half, the band also used the opportunity to play lesser-known songs, such as "Ain't It The Life", "Floaty", and "See You". Foo Fighters_sentence_114

The band also performed "Marigold", a Pocketwatch-era song that was best known as a Nirvana B-side. Foo Fighters_sentence_115

In November 2006, the band released their first ever live CD, Skin and Bones, featuring fifteen performances captured over a three-night stint in Los Angeles. Foo Fighters_sentence_116

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and Greatest Hits (2007–2009) Foo Fighters_section_7

For the follow-up to In Your Honor, the band decided to call in The Colour and the Shape producer Gil Norton. Foo Fighters_sentence_117

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was released on September 25, 2007. Foo Fighters_sentence_118

The album's first single, "The Pretender", was issued to radio in early August. Foo Fighters_sentence_119

In mid-to-late 2007 "The Pretender" topped Billboard's Modern Rock chart for a record 19 weeks. Foo Fighters_sentence_120

The second single, "Long Road to Ruin", was released in December 2007, supported by a music video directed by longtime collaborator Jesse Peretz (formerly of the Lemonheads). Foo Fighters_sentence_121

Other singles included "Let It Die" and "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)". Foo Fighters_sentence_122

In October 2007, Foo Fighters started their world tour in support of Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Foo Fighters_sentence_123

The band performed shows throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, including headlining the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore on August 9. Foo Fighters_sentence_124

At the European MTV Music Awards in 2007, Pat Smear confirmed his return to the band. Foo Fighters_sentence_125

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was nominated for five Grammy Awards in 2008. Foo Fighters_sentence_126

Foo Fighters went home with Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance (for "The Pretender"). Foo Fighters_sentence_127

The album was also nominated for Album of the Year, while "The Pretender" was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rock Song. Foo Fighters_sentence_128

On June 7, 2008, the band played Wembley Stadium, London, and was joined by Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin to play "Rock and Roll" (with Grohl on drums and Hawkins on vocals) and "Ramble On" (sung by Grohl, drums by Hawkins). Foo Fighters_sentence_129

As Page and Jones left the stage before a final encore of "Best Of You", an ecstatic Grohl shouted "Welcome to the greatest fucking day of my whole entire life!". Foo Fighters_sentence_130

Throughout the tour for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Foo Fighters had been writing and practicing new songs at sound checks. Foo Fighters_sentence_131

After Foo Fighters had completed this tour in September 2008, they recorded 13 new songs in studio 606, shortly after announcing a hiatus from touring (which would last until January 2011). Foo Fighters_sentence_132

These sessions likely lasted from late 2008 – early 2009. Foo Fighters_sentence_133

While the members of Foo Fighters had initially planned for their new album (composed of songs from this recording session) to have come out in 2009 with almost no touring support, they ultimately decided to shelve most of the songs from these sessions. Foo Fighters_sentence_134

Three of these songs were later released — "Wheels" and "Word Forward" (which were directly placed on their greatest hits album), and a newly recorded version of "Rope" (which ended up making the final cut of "Wasting Light"). Foo Fighters_sentence_135

On November 3, 2009, the band released a compilation album, Greatest Hits, which features two new songs, "Word Forward" and the single "Wheels". Foo Fighters_sentence_136

These songs were recorded during a session which occurred between Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace and Wasting Light coming out. Foo Fighters_sentence_137

In order to promote their greatest hits album, Foo Fighters performed a show at studio 606 in October 2009 (which was broadcast online), during which the band took fan requests. Foo Fighters_sentence_138

Wasting Light (2010–2012) Foo Fighters_section_8

In August 2010, the band began recording their seventh studio album with producer Butch Vig, who had previously produced the two new tracks for the band's Greatest Hits album. Foo Fighters_sentence_139

The album was recorded in Dave Grohl's garage using only analog equipment. Foo Fighters_sentence_140

The album won five Grammys and was nominated for six. Foo Fighters_sentence_141

The recording was analog to tape and used no computers, not even to mix or master. Foo Fighters_sentence_142

Vig said in an interview with MTV that the album was entirely analog until post-mastering. Foo Fighters_sentence_143

Pat Smear was present in many photos posted by Grohl on Twitter and a press release in December confirmed Smear played on every track on the album and was considered a core member of the band once again, having initially left as a full-time member in 1997 before returning as a touring guitarist in 2006. Foo Fighters_sentence_144

The first single from Wasting Light, "Rope", was released to radio in February 2011. Foo Fighters_sentence_145

On April 16, 2011, Foo Fighters released an album of covers, Medium Rare, as a limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day. Foo Fighters_sentence_146

The promotion for the album has been highly praised for its originality. Foo Fighters_sentence_147

Wasting Light debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, being the first Foo Fighters album to do so. Foo Fighters_sentence_148

Other singles for the album included "Walk", "Arlandria", "These Days", and "Bridge Burning". Foo Fighters_sentence_149

Alongside Wasting Light's release, Foo Fighters released a rockumentary, directed by Academy Award-winner James Moll. Foo Fighters_sentence_150

The film, entitled Back and Forth, chronicles the band's career, from the dissolution of Nirvana due to the death of frontman Kurt Cobain to the formation of Foo Fighters as Dave Grohl's "one-man band" to the status of the band in 2011. Foo Fighters_sentence_151

All the current and past band members, plus producer Butch Vig, tell the story of the band through interviews. Foo Fighters_sentence_152

After debuting on March 15, 2011, at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, it was eventually released on DVD in June 2011. Foo Fighters_sentence_153

On May 21, 2011, Foo Fighters headlined the middle day of the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Foo Fighters_sentence_154

On June 4, 2011, they played a surprise set at the 2011 KROQ Weenie Roast. Foo Fighters_sentence_155

They also headlined two sold-out shows at the Milton Keynes National Bowl on July 2 and 3, joined on stage by artists such as Alice Cooper, Seasick Steve and John Paul Jones. Foo Fighters_sentence_156

They headlined the final night at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on August 7, 2011, performing part of their set in a driving rainstorm. Foo Fighters_sentence_157

In September 2011, before a show in Kansas City, the band performed a counter-protest parody song in front of a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church. Foo Fighters_sentence_158

The song mocked the church's opposition to homosexuality, and was performed in the same faux-trucker garb that was seen in the band's "Hot Buns" promotional video. Foo Fighters_sentence_159

It was announced on September 28, 2011, that Foo Fighters would be performing during the closing ceremony of Blizzard Entertainment's annual video game convention, BlizzCon. Foo Fighters_sentence_160

On August 27, 2012, Foo Fighters ended their European tour with a headline performance at Reading and Leeds Festival. Foo Fighters_sentence_161

On September 5, 2012, the band performed a show at the Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a benefit for Rock the Vote. Foo Fighters_sentence_162

The show, which occurred at the same time that the 2012 Democratic National Convention was being held in Charlotte, was announced only two weeks prior. Foo Fighters_sentence_163

All tickets to the 2000 capacity venue sold out in under 60 seconds, setting a record for the venue. Foo Fighters_sentence_164

The band set another personal record during the show itself, which was the longest that the band had played to date, lasting just under 3.5 hours, with a setlist consisting of 36 songs. Foo Fighters_sentence_165

On September 21, 2012, the band headlined the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Foo Fighters_sentence_166

The following evening, the band headlined the DeLuna Festival in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Foo Fighters_sentence_167

On September 29, 2012, the band performed at the Global Citizens' Festival, before embarking on a break. Foo Fighters_sentence_168

Sonic Highways (2013–2015) Foo Fighters_section_9

Despite initially announcing a break after supporting Wasting Light, Grohl later stated in January 2013 that the band had started writing material for an eighth studio album. Foo Fighters_sentence_169

On February 20, 2013, at the Brit Awards, Grohl said he was flying back to America the following day to start work on the next album. Foo Fighters_sentence_170

On September 6, 2013, Shiflett posted a photo to his Instagram account that indicates 13 songs are being recorded for the new album and later described the album in an interview as "pretty fucking fun". Foo Fighters_sentence_171

Rami Jaffee has recorded parts for three songs, one of which is entitled "In the Way". Foo Fighters_sentence_172

Butch Vig, who worked with the band on Wasting Light, confirmed via Twitter in late August 2013 that he is producing the album. Foo Fighters_sentence_173

The band confirmed that it would end its hiatus by playing two shows in Mexico City, Mexico, on December 11 and 13, 2013. Foo Fighters_sentence_174

On October 31, 2013, a video appeared on the official Foo Fighters YouTube channel showing a motorcyclist, later shown as actor Erik Estrada, delivering each of the band members an invitation to play in Mexico. Foo Fighters_sentence_175

On January 16, 2014, a picture was posted to Foo Fighters' Facebook page with several master tapes with some labeled "LP 8". Foo Fighters_sentence_176

On May 15, 2014, it was announced that the band's eighth album would be released in November 2014 and that the Foo Fighters would commemorate the album and their 20th anniversary with an HBO TV series directed by Dave Grohl entitled Sonic Highways. Foo Fighters_sentence_177

Eight songs were written and recorded in eight studios in eight different American cities. Foo Fighters_sentence_178

The series shows them doing this as they try to capture the history and feel of each town for the song dedicated to that area. Foo Fighters_sentence_179

On July 30, 2014, Butch Vig revealed that the Foo Fighters had finished recording and mixing the new album and that it was slated to be released a month after the premiere of the TV show. Foo Fighters_sentence_180

In June 2014, the band agreed to play a show in Richmond, Virginia, that was entirely crowd-funded by fans on the website Foo Fighters_sentence_181

The show took place on September 17 before 1,500 fans. Foo Fighters_sentence_182

The band played 23 songs over the course of two and a half hours. Foo Fighters_sentence_183

Foo Fighters announced their tour would include performances in Cape Town, South Africa, on December 10, 2014, and Johannesburg on December 13. Foo Fighters_sentence_184

The band played three performances under the alias "The Holy Shits" in September 2014; the first at the Concorde 2 club in Brighton, England, where Dave Grohl invited lead singer Jay Apperley of "UK Foo Fighters" tribute band on stage to sing, then at the "House of Vans", and lastly at "Islington Assembly Hall". Foo Fighters_sentence_185

On September 14, 2014, Foo Fighters performed at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games, their first official show in England since closing Reading Festival in 2012. Foo Fighters_sentence_186

The band closed out the 2014 VooDoo Music and Arts Festival in New Orleans on November 2, 2014, in a two and a half hour performance that included an appearance from New Orleans native Trombone Shorty, playing "This is a Call" with the band. Foo Fighters_sentence_187

On August 8, 2014, the Foo Fighters released a short clip of their latest work, titled "8". Foo Fighters_sentence_188

On August 11, the band announced that the new album would be titled Sonic Highways and released on November 10, 2014. Foo Fighters_sentence_189

The Foo Fighters also announced an international tour, dubbed the Sonic Highways World Tour, with performances in South Africa in December 2014 and South America in January 2015. Foo Fighters_sentence_190

Their tour continued to Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2015. Foo Fighters_sentence_191

On May 20, 2015, the Foo Fighters were the final musical act to perform on Late Show with David Letterman, continuing their long association with David Letterman as he wrapped up his 33-year career in late night television. Foo Fighters_sentence_192

The show ended with a montage of Letterman highlights while the Foo Fighters played "Everlong", which Letterman said had significant meaning for him after his open-heart surgery in 2000. Foo Fighters_sentence_193

The band postponed their international tour to make the appearance; the tour resumed on May 24, 2015, with a performance at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich, England. Foo Fighters_sentence_194

On June 12, 2015, Grohl fell from a concert stage in Gothenburg, Sweden, during the second song of the Foo Fighters' set and broke his leg. Foo Fighters_sentence_195

The band played without Grohl while he received medical attention, and Grohl then returned to the stage, sitting in a chair to perform the last two hours of the band's set while a medic tended to his leg. Foo Fighters_sentence_196

After the concert, Grohl was flown to London for surgery, where doctors inserted six metal pins into his leg. Foo Fighters_sentence_197

As a result of Grohl's injury, on June 16 the band announced it was cancelling its remaining European tour dates. Foo Fighters_sentence_198

In July 2015, one thousand Italian fans held the Rockin' 1000 gathering in Cesena, Italy, performing "Learn to Fly" and asking Foo Fighters to come play in the town. Foo Fighters_sentence_199

The performance video went viral and impressed Grohl, resulting in the Foo Fighters performing another concert in Cesena on November 3, 2015. Foo Fighters_sentence_200

Saint Cecilia EP and Concrete and Gold (2015–2019) Foo Fighters_section_10

The Foo Fighters planned to follow their international tour with a North American tour to promote Sonic Highways, beginning with a special Fourth of July event in Washington, D.C., that would commemorate the band's 20th anniversary. Foo Fighters_sentence_201

This all-day event, to be held at Washington's RFK Stadium, was advertised as featuring performances by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart, LL Cool J, Gary Clark Jr., and Buddy Guy. Foo Fighters_sentence_202

Dave Grohl's leg injury initially led to speculation that the band would drop out of the event, but they later confirmed they would still perform; however, the injury did prevent them from headlining the 2015 Glastonbury Festival (although they would return and headline in 2017). Foo Fighters_sentence_203

The band performed the show in front of 48,000 people, with Grohl performing in a custom-built moving throne which he claimed to have designed himself while on painkillers in the hospital. Foo Fighters_sentence_204

Beginning with the show on July 4, the Foo Fighters re-branded the North American tour as the Broken Leg Tour. Foo Fighters_sentence_205

The band continued to use the new tour name at later North American performances. Foo Fighters_sentence_206

During the tour, prior to a concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 21, 2015, the Foo Fighters staged a counter protest against members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who were protesting their concert, rickrolling them from the back of a pickup truck. Foo Fighters_sentence_207

On November 23, 2015, a surprise release following a month-long countdown clock on the Foo Fighters' website revealed the free EP Saint Cecilia, including a single of the same name. Foo Fighters_sentence_208

Alongside its release, Grohl also announced at the same time that the band would be entering an indefinite hiatus. Foo Fighters_sentence_209

In response to growing rumors of the band permanently breaking up, in March 2016, the band released a mockumentary video portraying Grohl leaving the band to pursue an electronic music career, and Nick Lachey (formerly of 98 Degrees) becoming the group's new singer, with the video ending "For the millionth time, we're not breaking up. Foo Fighters_sentence_210

And nobody's going fucking solo!" Foo Fighters_sentence_211

In May 2016, Shiflett stated that the band still had no particular plans for reforming, but assured that it would happen eventually. Foo Fighters_sentence_212

Grohl announced that the band would spend much of 2017 recording their ninth studio album. Foo Fighters_sentence_213

On June 1, 2017, their new single "Run" was released. Foo Fighters_sentence_214

"Run" topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart the following month. Foo Fighters_sentence_215

With the new album release, the Foo Fighters also confirmed that touring keyboardist Rami Jaffee is officially the sixth member of the group. Foo Fighters_sentence_216

The Foo Fighters announced on June 20, 2017, that their new album, Concrete and Gold, would be released in September. Foo Fighters_sentence_217

On August 23, 2017, the band released their second single from Concrete and Gold named "The Sky Is a Neighborhood", which also topped the Mainstream Rock chart. Foo Fighters_sentence_218

"The Line" was also released in promotion of the album, and later as the third single in 2018. Foo Fighters_sentence_219

Concrete and Gold was officially released on September 15, 2017, and was produced by Greg Kurstin. Foo Fighters_sentence_220

The album is noted as deriving influence from many rock bands, such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles. Foo Fighters_sentence_221

Concrete and Gold also features Justin Timberlake on the vocals for "Make It Right", Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men on backing vocals for the song "Concrete and Gold", and Paul McCartney on the drums for "Sunday Rain". Foo Fighters_sentence_222

The band began touring in June 2017, including headlining the Glastonbury Festival 2017. Foo Fighters_sentence_223

The tour in support of Concrete and Gold was later extended into October 2018. Foo Fighters_sentence_224

Medicine at Midnight (2019–present) Foo Fighters_section_11

In October 2019, the band announced that they were recording their tenth studio album based on demos from Grohl. Foo Fighters_sentence_225

In November 2019, the band released an EP titled, 01050525 in digital format, consisting of 11 tracks previously released as B-Sides from In Your Honor. Foo Fighters_sentence_226

This was followed by more EPs with B-Sides from every album up to Wasting Light. Foo Fighters_sentence_227

On February 13, 2020, Dave Grohl announced that the new album was complete and will be out in time for the band's 25th anniversary. Foo Fighters_sentence_228

On May 11, the band announced they were delaying the record's release indefinitely because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with Grohl saying, "We've kind of shelved it for now to figure out exactly when it's going to happen." Foo Fighters_sentence_229

On November 4, 2020, the band were confirmed to be musical guests for a November 7 episode of Saturday Night Live. Foo Fighters_sentence_230

The band started teasing new music snippets of a song on their social media platforms under the hashtag #LPX starting on November 4. Foo Fighters_sentence_231

On November 7, the band released the first single, "Shame Shame", from their upcoming tenth studio album, Medicine at Midnight, set for release on February 5, 2021. Foo Fighters_sentence_232

Musical style and legacy Foo Fighters_section_12

Foo Fighters have been described as grunge, alternative rock, post-grunge and hard rock. Foo Fighters_sentence_233

Foo Fighters were initially compared to Grohl's previous group, Nirvana. Foo Fighters_sentence_234

Grohl acknowledged that Nirvana songwriter Kurt Cobain was an influence on his songwriting: "Through Kurt, I saw the beauty of minimalism and the importance of music that's stripped down." Foo Fighters_sentence_235

Foo Fighters also used the technique of shifting between quiet verses and loud choruses, which Grohl said was influenced by the members of Nirvana "liking The Knack, Bay City Rollers, Beatles, and ABBA as much as we liked Flipper and Black Flag, I suppose". Foo Fighters_sentence_236

Writing and recording songs for the first Foo Fighters album by himself, Grohl wrote the guitar riffs to be as rhythmic as possible. Foo Fighters_sentence_237

He approached the guitar in a similar manner to his playing a drumkit, assigning different drum parts to different strings on the instrument. Foo Fighters_sentence_238

This allowed him to piece together songs easily; he said, "I could hear the song in my head before it was finished." Foo Fighters_sentence_239

Once Grohl assembled a full band, his bandmates assisted in song arrangements. Foo Fighters_sentence_240

Pitchfork described Grohl and the band as "his generation's answer to Tom Petty—a consistent hit machine pumping out working-class rock". Foo Fighters_sentence_241

The members of Foo Fighters meld melodic elements with heavier ones. Foo Fighters_sentence_242

Grohl noted in 1997, "We all love music, whether it's the Beatles or Queen or punk rock. Foo Fighters_sentence_243

I think the lure of punk rock was the energy and immediacy; the need to thrash stuff around. Foo Fighters_sentence_244

But at the same time, we're all suckers for a beautiful melody, you know? Foo Fighters_sentence_245

So it is just natural." Foo Fighters_sentence_246

Grohl said in 2005, "I love being in a rock band, but I don't know if I necessarily wanna be in an alternative rock band from the 1990s for the rest of my life." Foo Fighters_sentence_247

Grohl noted that the band's acoustic tour was an attempt to broaden the group's sound. Foo Fighters_sentence_248

Band members Foo Fighters_section_13

Current members Foo Fighters_sentence_249

Foo Fighters_unordered_list_0

  • Dave Grohl – lead vocals, guitar (1994–present)Foo Fighters_item_0_0
  • Nate Mendel – bass (1995–present)Foo Fighters_item_0_1
  • Pat Smear – guitar (1995–1997, 2010–present; session/touring member 2005–2010), backing vocals (1995–1997)Foo Fighters_item_0_2
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1997–present)Foo Fighters_item_0_3
  • Chris Shiflett – guitar, backing vocals (1999–present)Foo Fighters_item_0_4
  • Rami Jaffee – keyboard, piano (2017–present; session/touring member 2005–2017)Foo Fighters_item_0_5

Former members Foo Fighters_sentence_250

Foo Fighters_unordered_list_1

  • William Goldsmith – drums, percussion (1995–1997)Foo Fighters_item_1_6
  • Franz Stahl – guitar, backing vocals (1997–1999)Foo Fighters_item_1_7

Touring members Foo Fighters_sentence_251

Foo Fighters_unordered_list_2

  • Petra Haden – violin, mandolin, backing vocals (1995–1996, 2005–2006)Foo Fighters_item_2_8
  • Drew Hester – percussion (2005–2008)Foo Fighters_item_2_9
  • Jessy Greene – violin (2007–2008)Foo Fighters_item_2_10
  • Barbara Gruska – backing vocals (2017–present)Foo Fighters_item_2_11
  • Laura Mace – backing vocals (2017–present)Foo Fighters_item_2_12
  • Samantha Sidley – backing vocals (2017–present)Foo Fighters_item_2_13

Timeline Foo Fighters_section_14

Discography Foo Fighters_section_15

Main articles: Foo Fighters discography and list of songs recorded Foo Fighters_sentence_252

Studio albums Foo Fighters_sentence_253

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Awards and nominations Foo Fighters_section_16

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Foo Fighters Foo Fighters_sentence_254

Foo Fighters first received a Grammy Award for their music video for "Learn to Fly" in 2000, and they have won ten others. Foo Fighters_sentence_255

These include four Grammys in the Best Rock Album category for There Is Nothing Left to Lose, One by One, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and Wasting Light, and three awards for Best Hard Rock Performance for the songs "All My Life", "The Pretender" and "White Limo". Foo Fighters_sentence_256

The band also received three Kerrang! Foo Fighters_sentence_257 Awards. Foo Fighters_sentence_258

At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, the band won Best Rock Video for "Walk". Foo Fighters_sentence_259

They won the Radio Contraband "Major Label Artist of the Year" in 2011 and 2014. Foo Fighters_sentence_260

The band won Song of the Year for "Something From Nothing" and Album of the Year for Sonic Highways both in 2014. Foo Fighters_sentence_261

On February 12, 2012, the band performed at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards playing "Walk" along with the remix version of "Rope", featuring deadmau5. Foo Fighters_sentence_262

The band was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best Long Form Music Video (for Back and Forth). Foo Fighters_sentence_263

They won five out of the six, losing only to Adele in the Album of the Year category. Foo Fighters_sentence_264

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