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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Dave Grohl Recalls The Time Prince Harry Visited Him In Hospital


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The British royal family sure do make it very difficult to dislike them; especially when it comes to their most down-to-earth heir Prince Harry. He was actually one of the very first people to pay Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl a visit when he broke his leg.

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According to the 48-year-old rockstar, Prince Harry dropped in on him when he was in London getting his leg fixed, after doing a stage dive in Gothenburg back in 2015 that went nastily wrong. The royal even brought him a little gift to make hospital life a little easier.

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Foo Fighters And Queens Of The Stone Age Announce Tour


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Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age have announced a huge joint stadium tour for South American fans.

The two rock bands - who have been linked for years after front man Dave Grohl drummed for the group over 15 years ago - will hit the road together in Brazil and Argentina early next year.

Fans across the world can pre-register for the ticket sale now, as the Foo Fighters continue to tour the world in support of their ninth studio album 'Concrete and Gold'.

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Foo Fighters Issue Statement After Ticketing Chaos For London Gig


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Foo Fighters have released a statement regarding the ticketing chaos that preceded their huge gig at London’s O2 Arena last night, which saw scores of ticketholders turned away after a mix-up regarding identification.

Many fans turned up at Tuesday night’s sold-out gig in front of 20,000 fans, only to be refused entry when they couldn’t present photo ID matching the details of their booking – an arrangement that the venue said had been put in place at the request of the band to try to prevent second-hand selling and touting.

Fans were outraged to discover that their tickets were not valid, and many others complained that they had not been told about the arrangement before the gig.

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Foo Fighters Joined By Rick Astley


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Dave Grohl invited Rick Astley up on stage to perform with the Foo Fighters - and described him as a ''bada** motherf****r''.

The 'Monkey Wrench' rock icon called up the 'Never Gonna Give You Up' singer - who previously jointed the band back in August during their Summersonic festival appearance in Japan - to recreate and perform a heavy version of his hugely popular hit single , which was released 30 years ago.

Introducing his new friend onto the stage at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday night (19.09.17), Grohl said: ''Every now and then you meet a bada** motherf****r. Will you please welcome one of the most bada** motherf*****s: Rick Astley!''

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Dave Grohl Wants To Impress Bandmates


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Dave Grohl always wants to ''impress'' his Foo Fighters bandmates.

The 'Walk' frontman is more ''nervous'' about what the rest of the group think of the songs he's written than the reception they get from fans.

He admitted to Australia's '60 Minutes' ''I want to impress the guys in the band. You know, when I'm in front of a vocal mic and Taylor's in the room listening to me sing, I'm more nervous about what Taylor thinks than whether it's going to go on the radio or anything like that.''

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Foo Fighters Collaborated With Justin Timberlake On 'Concrete And Gold'


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Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters has opened up about their mystery collaborator on their forthcoming album 'Concrete And Gold'. Having previously teased that it was a huge popstar, he has finally admitted that Justin Timberlake lent his vocals to one track on the new record.

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The 36-year-old singer didn't have more lyrics than 'la la la' on the title track, but the collaboration came about when he was hanging out with the band in between recording sessions at L.A.'s EastWest studios. It was really a last minute decision for the group.

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Foo Fighters Explore The Stars With Their New Song 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood'


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Following one of the most incredible cosmic events in more than 100 years, the total solar eclipse, Foo Fighters draw their fans' eyes to the stars once again with the release of their epic new song 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood'. It's the second release from their forthcoming album 'Concrete and Gold'.

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Foo Fighters are preparing to release their latest single 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood' on September 8th, a huge rock anthem that comes alongside a video directed by frontman Dave Grohl. Recorded by the band in just one afternoon, it completed their eagerly anticipated ninth studio album.

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When Foo Fighters Met Rick Astley: Festival Goers Get Epicly Rick-Rolled


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Everyone has had that experience when they click on a video expecting one thing and end up getting trolled with Rick Astley's 1987 number one hit 'Never Gonna Give You Up', but somehow it's much less annoying when it happens in the middle of a Foo Fighters concert.

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The audience at the rock band's headline set at Summer Sonic Festival 2017 in Tokyo, Japan last night (August 20th 2017) were treated to an impromptu collaboration with the rather bad-mouthed British 80s pop sensation, performing his all-time best song 'Never Gonna Give You Up'.

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Dave Grohl Realised The Immensity Of Headlining Glastonbury Festival


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Dave Grohl never ''realised the immensity'' of headlining Glastonbury Festival.

The Foo Fighters were forced to pull out of their headline slot a couple of years ago after Dave broke his leg and the musician has now admitted he didn't realise just how big the festival was until they took to the Pyramid Stage last weekend.

He said: ''I didn't realise the immensity of headlining this festival ... but [not it feels] like I'm at my mother's Christmas party back in Virginia.''

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The Foo Fighters Will Perform A Special Gig At The O2 This Year


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The Foo Fighters have announced they will perform a special gig at The O2 this year to celebrate the venue's 10th birthday.

The American rock group, which was founded by lead singer Dave Grohl, are set to perform at the North Greenwich site on September 19 this year as part of the site's Tenth Birthday Shows, NME has reported.

And Grohl, 48, has admitted him and the rest of the band ''can't wait'' to take to the stage and belt out their hit tracks to mark the occasion.

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Foo Fighter's front man Dave Grohl performs on the Pyramid Stage performs on the third day at Glastonbury Festival 2017 - Worthy Farm, Mendip, Somerset, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd June 2017

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Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters

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

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Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters
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Foo Fighters - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014

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Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters and Grammy - Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters Sunday 12th February 2012 54th Annual Grammy Awards (The Grammys) - 2012 Arrivals held at the Staples Center

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Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters and Grammy

Taylor Hawkins and Foo Fighters - Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters London, England - outside the BBC radio Two Friday 25th February 2011

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Taylor Hawkins and Foo Fighters
Taylor Hawkins and Foo Fighters
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