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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 KISS + Rush Classics at Rio de Janiero Show

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl
Chad Childers, Loudwire

Foo Fighters' love of covers continues as they rocked out KISS' 'Detroit Rock City' and Rush's 'Tom Sawyer' in Rio de Janeiro. Watch here.

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Foo Fighters Bassist Nate Mendel Announces Side Project Lieutenant’s Debut Album

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel announced last year that he was working on a side project called Lieutenant. And now, details are coming out about the band’s first album.

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Foo Fighters Turn Chilean Chant Into New Song

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl
Chad Childers, Loudwire

Dave Grohl's quick thinking turned a fan chant in Chile into a rocking new song.

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Foo Fighters Amaze Fans With All-Star Dave Grohl Birthday Bash in Los Angeles

Dave Grohl
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Slash, Zakk Wylde, Lemmy Kilmister, Paul Stanley and more joined Foo Fighters for an all-star birthday salute to Dave Grohl in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga: I ‘Almost Took My Pants Off’ for Foo Fighters’ ‘Monster Fury Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images / Kris Connor, Getty Images
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images / Kris Connor, Getty Images

Guess who is a mega-Foo Fighters fan? None other than pop singer Lady Gaga.

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Foo Fighters To Play Surprise L.A. Show

"Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" New York Premiere

Foo Fighters will play a last-minute surprise show in L.A. to benefit multiple charities.

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on Unique Way He Penned ‘Sonic Highways’ Lyrics

Dave Grohl
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl reveals the unique way he wrote the lyrics for the songs on 'Sonic Highways.'

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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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