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Foo Fighters

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.

 
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Dave Grohl Gets Sentimental as He Recalls His Nirvana Days During Foo Fighters Show in Chicago

This isn’t the first time we’ve written about an emotional man onstage at a Foo Fighters concert.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Foo Fighters Help Fan Celebrate 50th Birthday, Call Out Acts for Playing Short Shows

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl welcomed an audience member onstage and briefly chugged a beer with him to celebrate the man's 50th birthday.

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Foo Fighters Rick Roll
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Foo Fighters ‘Rick Roll’ Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas City

Foo Fighters blast picketers with Rick Astley's '80s anthem 'Never Gonna Give You Up.'

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Foo Fighters’ ‘Crying Grown Man’ Fan Had Just Buried His Mother

Fan who was brought onstage by Dave Grohl explains why he was so emotional at Foo Fighters show.

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Dave Grohl on Upcoming Emmy Awards: ‘I Have a Little Bit of Social Anxiety’

Dave Grohl is one of those people who seems like they can handle anything, but apparently the Foo Fighters frontman gets a bit of social anxiety in certain situations.

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Dave Grohl Brings Up ‘Crying Grown Man’ From Audience to Sing ‘My Hero’ at Foo Fighters Show

It seems like every gig on Foo Fighters' current tour has a "Good Guy Grohl" moment, where frontman Dave Grohl goes above and beyond to please his adoring fans.

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Foo Fighters Fan Brian Roberts Rocks Edmonton Crowd on Cover of Rush’s ‘Tom Sawyer’

Watch as Brian Roberts comes out of the audience to front Foo Fighters on a cover of Rush's 'Tom Sawyer.'

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Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins
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Watch a Ninth Grade Taylor Hawkins Rock Van Halen at His High School Battle of the Bands

Even as a 15-year-old, you can see Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins' talent behind the kit.

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Top 10 Foo Fighters Songs
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Top 10 Foo Fighters Songs [Watch]

Here's a new Loud List to heal your ears and hopefully Dave Grohl's broken leg. It's the Top 10 Foo Fighters Songs!

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1,000 Musicians Perform Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn to Fly’ in Hopes of Cesena Show

Will Foo Fighters' play Cesena, Italy? This video should get their attention and rock your world at the same time.

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