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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 vs. Kid Rock – Best Live Band, Round 1

Vote for Foo Fighters or Kid Rock in this Best Live Band competition.

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Dave Grohl Performs From Foo Fighters Throne at July 4 Concert

Check out Dave Grohl's solution to performing with a broken leg and footage from the band's massive July 4 show at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium.

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20 Years Ago: Foo Fighters Emerge With Debut Disc

On July 4, 1995, the world was introduced to Dave Grohl's new band Foo Fighters via their self-titled debut disc.

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Foo Fighters ‘Can’t F—in’ Wait’ for July 4 North American Tour Start

No worries! Foo Fighters are still planning to play Washington, D.C. on July 4th.

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Dave Grohl on Nirvana: ‘More Than Angst and Gloom and Doom There Was Catharsis’

Two weeks before Dave Grohl took a tumble off the stage in Sweden and broke his leg, the singer sat down with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph.

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Tribute Band UK Foo Fighters Rock Nearby Wembley Venue After Foo Fighters Cancellation

Tribute band UK Foo Fighters put on a benefit show Friday night across the street from Wembley Stadium after Foo Fighters had to cancel their performances.

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Dave Grohl Details Injuries in Open Letter to Fans; Foo Fighters Cancel European Dates

Dave Grohl had surgery Monday on his broken leg and the band will miss the remaining dates on their European trek.

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Photos Surface of Dave Grohl Out and About With Broken Leg

By now you probably know that Dave Grohl has a broken leg. On June 12, the frontman sustained the injury after tripping and falling offstage while performing in Sweden.

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Video Footage of Dave Grohl’s Stage Fall Surfaces

Watch footage of the incident that led to Dave Grohl's broken leg at a Foo Fighters show.

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10 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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