Foo Fighters (formed 1995)
Foo Fighters are a band that began as a solo project for Dave Grohl, the former drummer for Nirvana. They are now an internationally renowned band and three of their albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.
The early years: During his time as Nirvana's drummer, Dave Grohl occasionally booked studio time to record his own demos, not wanting to ruin the chemistry of Nirvana by introducing his own songs to the band. Grohl released a cassette entitled Pocketwatch in 1992, under the pseudonym `Late!'
The demo tapes that eventually became the debut Foo Fighters album were recorded in Seattle. Grohl played all the instruments and sang all the vocals on the recordings, apart from one guitar line, which was played by Greg Dulli of the band Afghan Whigs.
Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was the initial candidate to play bass in Foo Fighters but both Novoselic and Grohl were concerned that people may think the pair were trying to reincarnate Nirvana. However, Grohl was keen to avoid Foo Fighters being a one-man studio project. He drafted ex-Sunny Day Real Estate bass player Nate Mendel and their drummer, William Goldsmith. To complete the line-up, Grohl invited Nirvana's occasional touring guitarist, Pat Smear to play second guitar. Smear also used to be a member of the punk band The Germs.
The first single, `This Is A Call' was released in 1995, followed by the self-titled album. That same year, they made their first appearance at the Reading Festival.
Mainstream Success: The second album was recorded with producer Gil Norton but Grohl was unhappy with the mixes of the tracks. He headed to a studio in Washington DC and began recording some of the songs again by himself. The newer version of `Walking After You', with Grohl playing all the instruments, was the one used for the album.
When the band re-grouped in LA to re-record the album, with Grohl playing drums, Goldsmith was not informed about the session. Eventually, he found out from Mendel. Feeling betrayed, he left the band. The album, The Colour and The Shape was released in 1997.
Alanis Morrisette's touring drummer, Taylor Hawkins volunteered for the role of drummer in the band and was playing live with the band in time for the release of The Colour and The Shape. In September of 1997, outside the MTV Video Music Awards, Pat Smear also announced that he was leaving the band, and introduced the crowd to his replacement, Franz Stahl. Stahl appeared on two soundtrack recordings (a re-recorded `Walking After You' for The X-Files and `A320' for Godzilla) but left the band before they recorded their third album.
There is Nothing Left To Lose was recorded in Virginia, as a three-piece. The single `Learn To Fly' was the band's first single to hit the Billboard Hot 100. Chris Shiflett successfully auditioned as a touring guitarist and eventually became a permanent member of the band.
When Queen were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Grohl and Hawkins performed with them, with Dave Grohl taking on the vocals of the late Freddie Mercury. Grohl also took time out to help Queens of the Stone Age record their Songs for the Deaf album, after spending four months recording the Foo Fighters' fourth album.
Having finished the QotSA album, however, Grohl was inspired to get Foo Fighters to re-record their own album. The resulting record was entitled One By One. The single, `Times Like These' was used as part of George W. Bush's presidential campaign, much to the band's distaste.
The fifth Foo Fighters studio album was In Your Honour, a double CD. One disc was acoustic numbers, the other contained rock songs. Grohl stated that it was the perfect way to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary.
The follow up, produced by Gil Norton again, was released in 2007, entitled Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. Soon after the album's completion, the band played at the huge `Live Earth' event at Wembley Stadium.
They also performed their song `The Pretender' at the Grammy awards, with John Paul Jones conducting the orchestra.
A protest by the church backfired when they were greeted by the band blasting out Rick Astley.
The Westboro Baptist Church got a surprise when they tried to protest outside a Foo Fighters concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center on Friday, August 21st. The band decided to answer the church’s protests by treating them to a 'Rickroll', using Rick Astley’s 1987 hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.
Foo Fighters answered the Westboro Baptist Church’s protests with a Rickroll on Friday.
The band arrived outside the gig where the group was protesting in a pickup truck, blasting out the sing and holding up signs which read “You Got Rick Roll’d Again” and “Keep It Clean.”
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The Foo Fighters singer is a little nervous ahead of the Emmy Awards ceremony in September, for which his group's documentary 'Sonic Highways' was nominated four times.
He’s been officially the nicest man in rock (trademark) for nearly 20 years, but Dave Grohl has revealed that he suffers from “social anxiety” when out of his comfort zone. The Foo Fighters frontman made the comment when asked how he felt about attending next month’s Emmy Awards.
He told Gold Derby in a video interview: “It’s just going to be such a crazy night, I just can’t imagine. I think I’ll feel like that kid who is the new kid at school, the first day at school. I’ll probably just sit down, with my back up against the wall, just nervous, and waiting to see who is going to want to talk to me.”
Dave Grohl after breaking his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden
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Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl brought an over-emotional fan on stage during a recent concert. The crying fan, known as ‘Drunk Anthony’, was serenaded with an acoustic version of ‘My Hero’.
Dave Grohl showed that he’s a genuinely decent guy by bringing a crying fan on stage in order to serenade him. Grohl was performing alongside his fellow Foo Fighters at a concert in Colorado over the weekend when he spotted a fan starting to cry in the audience. He soon pulled the man on stage and continued with his acoustic rendition of ‘My Hero’.
Dave Grohl performing on stage in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015.
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The band had to cancel UK appearances last month after singer Dave Grohl broke his leg in Sweden.
Foo Fighters have announced they'll be returning to the UK in September, just months after Dave Grohl’s broken leg forced the band to cancel arena shows and pull out of their Glastonbury headlining slot. The band ended up having to cancel the rest of their European tour in June when Grohl broke his leg after falling from the stage during a gig Sweden.
Foo Fighters will return to the UK in September.
The band will play two shows at Milton Keynes Bowl on September 5th and 6th, with support coming from legendary Stooges frontman Iggy Pop. Then on September 8th they’ll head to Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium, will Royal Blood opening.
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The frontman is currently on the road with his leg in a cast, as he recovers from the injury sustained on June 12th.
Dave Grohl has said his recent leg injury has been a ‘beautiful blessing in disguise’ for the Foo Fighters as they continue on their North American tour. The singer broke his leg last month when he fell off the stage during a gig in Gothenburg, Sweden, forcing the band to cancel their heading appearance at this year’s Glastonbury.
Dave Grohl is back on the road with the Foos after breaking his leg.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Grohl said "The shows we’ve been doing lately are our favourite shows that we’ve ever done. What seemed like a setback at the time has turned into this beautiful blessing in disguise, where this throne and these crutches and these audiences make us play longer and harder than we ever have. It’s this whole new energy in the show.”
The Foo Fighters frontman has been out of action since June 12th after breaking his leg during an onstage fall.
For many Foo Fighters fans, Dave Grohl was already rock royalty, but the frontman has just made his status official after returning to the stage on Saturday night (July 4) and sitting on a giant throne for the entire gig. But Grohl’s throne wasn't just an outlandish prop, it was really the only way the singer was going to be able to do the Washington D.C. gig as he recovers from a broken leg.
Dave Grohl returned to the stage on Saturday night.
The July 4th gig was not jut an Independence Day celebration, but it also marked the band’s 20th anniversary, something the injured Grohl was eager not to miss. The singer told the crowd he had designed the Game Of Thrones-esque chair, while ‘high as a kite’ on pain medication.
Though he broke his leg less than a month ago, the lead singer has suggested that he'll be well enough to fulfill the Foo's 4th July show in Washington D.C.
Foo Fighters are set to make an earlier-than-expected return to performing after Dave Grohl’s leg break, with the singer dropping a big hint that their North American tour would be going ahead as planned this weekend.
The frontman broke his leg when the band was playing live in Gothenburg, Sweden earlier in June, when he mis-stepped and fell in a gap between a ramp and the stage. They were forced to cancel the remainder of their European tour, including their Friday night headline slot at Glastonbury, plus three Wembley Stadium gigs and one at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
Dave Grohl in London in June
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The Foos were forced to give up their heading slot after Dave Grohl broke his leg during a concert in Sweden.
Florence and the Machine has been confirmed as heading Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Friday June 26th, after Foo Fighters were force to withdraw from the festival. Dave Grohl’s band made the announcement that they’d be giving up their headlining slot yesterday, due to the frontman fracturing his leg at a concert in Sweden last Friday.
Florence + The Machine is your new Glastonbury headliner.
“We’re very pleased to announce that Florence + The Machine will play the Friday night Pyramid headline slot, which Foo Fighters were forced to withdraw from yesterday,” Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said in a statement.
Dave Grohl's broken leg means the Foos have also cancelled their two Wembley appearances and Murrayfield Stadium gig.
It’s the news that many Glastonbury goers have been dreading: Foo Fighters have indeed cancelled their Friday night headline appearance at the festival later this month, in addition to their two massive Wembley gigs this weekend and Murrayfield Stadium gig, because of Dave Grohl’s leg break earlier in June.
A statement from the band on Tuesday afternoon read: “Due to injuries sustained in Dave Grohl's fall from the stage during Foo Fighters' June 12 show at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, doctors have required the cancellation of the remainder of the band's dates in the UK and Europe. After undergoing surgery Monday, Dave's full recuperation time is still to be determined.”
Dave Grohl just before the accident in Gothenburg
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A nasty fall couldn’t stop Dave Grohl in Sweden.
Ouch! Dave Grohl had a nasty fall during a concert in Sweden on Friday.
The band were just two songs into their gig on Friday night at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, when a misstep cause Grohl to fall off the side of the stage during a rendition of classic ‘Monkey Wrench’.
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl injures his leg while performing in Gothenburg. Grohl was rushed to a hospital but returned less than an hour later to finish the show while sitting in a wheelchair, with his leg in a cast. at Ullevi - Gothenburg, Sweden - Friday 12th June 2015
In a video interview, Grohl told fans there would be a second 'Sonic Highways' series.
Dave Grohl has revealed that there will be a second season of ‘Sonic Highways’. The Foo Fighters frontman confirmed in a video interview with the NME that the band will be returning for another series of the well-received HBO documentaries.
A picture taken by guitarist Chris Shiflett on Instagram, of an aeroplane embossed with the word 'Sonic Highways' and the band's logo, had caused fans to speculate about another series - and so it has come to pass. However, 46 year old Grohl remained evasive on the setting for the new series. “It might or might not be international. It might someday be international. It might only be England, or be England and other places, or maybe it’s places in America and people from other countries that are inspired by these places in America.”
Foo Fighters will be making another series of 'Sonic Highways'
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Michael Eavis was speaking at an event in London when he revealed when Glasto would announce the mystery third headliner.
It looks like Glastonbury is going to keep the speculation about its third and final headliner going pretty much right up until the festival itself. Michael Eavis, the owner of Worthy Farm where the three-day event is held, has revealed that the announcement will come on June 1st.
The NME reported that Eavis was speaking at an event at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Tuesday evening (April 21st), describing the history of the prestigious festival. It was when he was talking to attendees and posing for pictures afterwards that he made the revelation – adding that the artist would be a “big one”.
A shot of the crowd at Glastonbury 2014
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The bands are among the latest new announcements for the free event.
Muse and Foo Fighters have been announced as headliners for upcoming free festival Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich. Tickets are already sold out but a whole bunch of stellar new acts have been added to the line-ups on all three stages.
Muse to co-headline Radio 1's Big Weekend
Standing in for Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw (who was at home vocally challenged), Scott Mills announced the new acts that would join the already confirmed Taylor Swift, Florence + the Machine and Years & Years. Muse and Foo Fighters, both of whom are exceptionally busy over festival season, are expected to headline this year's Weekend edition. They will also re-unite at Pinkpop in June and Belgium's Rock Werchter.
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The band also released LP Songs From the Laundry Room to coincide with the annual celebrations.
The Foo Fighters celebrated Record Store Day in style on Saturday, performing an intimate gig at a record store in Niles, Ohio. 150 lucky fans packed into Record Connection to see the band taking over the small, shopping mall store for the hour long gig.
The Foo Fighters performed in front of a lucky group of 150 fans.
"We're not far from my grandma's house," frontman Grohl, who grew up in Warren, told the audience, ”It's just up the road, actually.” Throughout the set Grohl entertained the audience with stories from his past, including a tale about an uncle who used to work at a shoe store in the same plaza.
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1st September, 1994