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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Foo Fighters’ (1995), ‘The Colour and the Shape’ (1997), ‘Wasting Light’ (2011) Related Artists: Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Probot Further Reading: 10 Best Foo Fighters Videos; 10 Best Foo Fighters Songs Read More: Foo Fighters News

Foo Fighters Rock ‘I Am a River’ on ‘Tonight Show’

Foo Fighters
NBC / The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Foo Fighters delivered the slow building 'I Am a River' on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.'

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Foo Fighters Fans Attempt to Bring Band to Italy With 1,000-Person ‘Learn to Fly’ Jam

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl
Chad Childers, Loudwire

In the Italian city of Cesena, 1,000 die-hard Foo fans will potentially gather for a public jam of 'Learn to Fly.'

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Takes Shots at Pearl Jam + Foo Fighters

Pearl Jam Smashing Pumpkins Foo Fighters
Samir Hussein / Jason Kempin / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan offered critiques of Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters while appearing on the 'Howard Stern Show.'

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Foo Fighters’ Pat Smear Reflects on Smashing Fender Strats Onstage With Kurt Cobain

Pat Smear / Kurt Cobain
Stephen Lovekin / Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Destroying actual Fenders Strats is an expensive hobby, and guitarist Pat Smear reminisces on smashing guitars with Kurt Cobain along with Fender's response.

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Recalls Being Peed on by Friend’s Dog During Tough Times

Dave Grohl
Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recalled a bad time in his life where he was bunking with a friend and being peed on by his friend's dog.

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Foo Fighters Rock ‘Howard Stern,’ Set to Appear on ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Tonight Show’

Dave Grohl
Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

Foo Fighters dropped by the 'Howard Stern' radio show and also revealed plans to play 'The Daily Show' and 'The Tonight Show.'

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Foo Fighters To Play New York City Club Gig To Mark Final ‘Sonic Highways’ Episode

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl
Chad Childers, Loudwire

Foo Fighters will be playing a show at Irving Plaza in New York this Friday, Dec. 5.

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Dave Grohl Learned to Be the ‘Nicest Guy in Rock’ From Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell

Dave Grohl / Dimebag Darrell
Kevin Winter / Scott Gries, Getty Images

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Grohl remembers how 'Dimebag' Darrell shaped Foo Fighters' philosophy of backstage hospitality.

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Foo Fighters Reveal Christmas Sweaters Inspired by Black Metal Legends Emperor

Foo Fighters
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Foo Fighters have infused their musical influences and humor into a new Christmas sweater.

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Foo Fighters Rock ‘Ellen’ With ‘In The Clear’

Foo Fighters on Ellen
EllenTube

Foo Fighters made a trip to daytime TV, where they performed 'In The Clear' on 'Ellen.'

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