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Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

Fact Sheet

Musical genre:Rock  
City  Seattle, Washington, USA
Years active1995-
The Foo Fighters is a rock band formed by musician Dave Grohl in 1994 after the demise of the legendary band Nirvana, in which he played drums. The band's original lineup consisted of Grohl on guitar and vocals, Pat Smear on guitar, Nate Mendel on bass, and William Goldsmith on drums. This lineup actually postdates the recording of the band's first album, which was written and performed by Grohl alone. The band has earned a strong worldwide following, and its hits include "Everlong", "My Hero", and "Learn to Fly".

The band is named after the World War II term "foo fighter", used to refer to mysterious aerial phenomena.

The band's first single "This Is A Call" was released in June 1995 and their eponymously titled debut album was released a month later to enthusiastic fan response.

The Foo Fighters have contributed to several movie soundtracks. A memorable track is the fear-of-flying epic "A320", featured on the "Godzilla" soundtrack in 1998.

The band has undergone several lineup changes since its inception. In March 1997 William Goldsmith left the band and Taylor Hawkins, former touring drummer for Alanis Morissette, replaced him on drums. In September 1997 Pat Smear was replaced by Franz Stahl, who himself left the band in July 1999, to be replaced by Chris Shiflett.

Talk show host David Letterman invited the Foo Fighters to perform on his first show after undergoing bypass surgery in 2000, where he proclaimed them his favorite band.