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Rising from the ashes of Seattle grunge icons Nirvana following the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain, the Foo Fighters went from low-key side project for drummer Dave Grohl to one of the world’s most successful rock bands. Grohl performed most of the instruments and vocals on the Foo Fighters’ self-titled 1995 debut, prior to recruiting his former Nirvana cohort (and one-time Germs guitarist) Pat Smear and the Sunny Day Real Estate rhythm section of bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith to hit the tour trail. First Goldsmith, then Smear, would take their leave under unhappy circumstances during the run-up and release of the Foo Fighters’ blockbuster sophomore album, ‘The Colour and the Shape,’ which nevertheless boosted the band’s popularity to new heights as drummer Taylor Hawkins and guitarist Franz Stahl stepped into the breach. But Stahl, whose relationship with Grohl dated back to pre-Nirvana days, and their Washington D.C. hardcore band, Scream, quickly proved a bad fit for the Foos and was uncomfortably dismissed at tours’ end, leaving Grohl, Mendel and Hawkins to record 1999’s ‘There is Nothing Left to Lose’ as a trio. Guitarist Chris Shiflett was then recruited and the band finally enjoyed both lineup stability and consistently consistently high-charting albums in 2002’s ‘One by One,’ 2005’s half electric, half acoustic ’In Your Hon-or,’ and 2007’s ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.’ Grohl simultaneously busied him-self with a string of stimulating extra-curricular activities, including 2003’s underground metal project, Probot, drumming on tour and in the studio for Queens of the Stone Age and Tenacious D, as well as the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, featuring Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin legend John Paul Jones. As for the Foo Fighters, they wel-comed back Smear and became a quintet ahead of 2011’s ‘Wasting Light,’ for which they challenged themselves to recording with purely analog equipment with producer Butch Vig, as usual to great success. And by the release of 2014’s ‘Sonic Highways’ the Foo Fighters had sold an estimated eleven million albums in the U.S. alone, while collecting a whopping ten Grammy Awards, clearly showing no end in sight to their amazing run.

 
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Foo Fighters Get Full Category on ‘Jeopardy’

How well do you know Foo Fighters? See if you can answer the questions given during a full category on 'Jeopardy.'

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Frazer Harrison (2) / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

AC/DC, Muse + Foo Fighters Make Forbes’ 2016 Top Earning Celebrity List

There is still money to be made in rock. AC/DC, Muse and Foo Fighters have all made Forbes' 2016 Celebrity 100 List for earnings.

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21 Years Ago: Dave Grohl Releases Foo Fighters’ Self-Titled Debut Album

On July 4, 1995, Dave Grohl released the first Foo Fighters album.

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Watch Anthony Vincent Cover Gorillaz in Style of DragonForce, Foo Fighters, Motley Crue + More

Anthony Vincent is back, taking on Gorillaz' 'Feel Good Inc.' in the styles of DragonForce, Foo Fighters, Motley Crue, Primus and more.

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11 Years Ago: Foo Fighters Release ‘In Your Honor’

On June 14, 2005, Foo Fighters expanded their musical palette with the double disc 'In Your Honor.'

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Foo Fighters Sue Lloyd’s of London Over Payment on Shows Canceled After Paris Terrorist Attack

Foo Fighters are taking legal action against Lloyd's of London after they failed to pay for shows canceled following the Paris terrorist attack.

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Foo Fighters Albums Ranked

Scroll through as we count down Foo Fighters' studio albums from weakest to strongest.

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19 Years Ago: Foo Fighters Release ‘The Colour and the Shape’

On May 20, 1997, Foo Fighters released what would become their biggest selling album, 'The Colour and the Shape.'

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Flashback: Prince Performs Foo Fighters, Queen + Jimi Hendrix During Unforgettable Super Bowl Show

In 2007, Prince delivered the Super Bowl halftime show that many are judged by, covering Foo Fighters, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and more amidst his own hits.

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Dave Grohl Lends Support to Teen Metal Band in Battle Over Town Noise Ban

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has lent his support to a teen metal band from the U.K. in their fight with the city council over a town noise ban.

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