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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’ Dave Grohl Helps Fan With Terminal Cancer Complete Bucket List Wish

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After hearing that an Australian fan with Stage 4 cancer missed out on a chance to meet the band, Dave Grohl offered a chance to meet in the U.S.

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Foo Fighters Considering Second Season of ‘Sonic Highways’ Series?

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Though initially brushing off the idea, could Foo Fighters be reconsidering a second season of the 'Sonic Highways' documentary series?

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Suffers From Food Poisoning, Chugs Beer Anyway

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Ever the accommodating frontman, Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl chugged a beer despite battling food poisoning.

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Dave Grohl Gives Drumstick to Blind Fan During Foo Fighters Show

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During a Foo Fighters show in Sydney on Feb. 25, Dave Grohl gave a blind fan one of Taylor Hawkins’ drumsticks.

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Foo Fighters + Royal Blood Emerge Victorious at 2015 Brit Awards

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Foo Fighters and Royal Blood were among the winners at the 2015 Brit Awards ceremony.

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Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ Documentary Series Heading to DVD / Blu-Ray

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If you liked Foo Fighters' 'Sonic Highways' series last fall, it's now coming to DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Truck Accident Forces Foo Fighters to Cancel New Zealand Show; Band to Headline Glastonbury

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The band has also confirmed their appearance at one of the U.K.'s biggest music festivals.

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Foo Fighters to Welcome Gary Clark Jr. + Jimmie Vaughan for ‘Austin City Limits’ Performance

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Foo Fighters will welcome Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan for their performance this weekend on PBS' 'Austin City Limits.'

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Foo Fighters Fans Become Band’s ‘Hero’ After Sound Drops Out in Bogota, Colombia

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Foo Fighters fans came to the aid of the band when the speakers dropped out in Bogota, Colombia.

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Hailed as ‘Good Omen’ by Rock Band the Cribs

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Would it surprise you to hear that Dave Grohl is considered a good luck charm?

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