Foo Fighters

Formed 1994.
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Foo Fighters: Wheels

Record producer Butch Vig talks about the first time he heard Wheels by the Foo Fighters

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Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters. Prior to the release of Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as fellow Nirvana touring bandmate Pat Smear as guitarist to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. Goldsmith quit during the recording of the group's second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997) when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smear's departure followed soon afterward.

They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999). The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band's lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material. Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. In 2010, it was confirmed that Smear had officially rejoined the band after touring with Foo Fighters as an unofficial member between 2006 and 2009. Over the course of the band's career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. The band's seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011. The band's eight studio album, Sonic Highways, and their second recorded with...

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Wasting Light

    Wasting Light 2011

    Reviewed by Ian Winwood
    Grohl and the gang prove again that nice guys can finish first.
  2. Review of Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Best appreciated by fair-weather followers and absolute beginners.
  3. Review of Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

    Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace 2007

    Reviewed by Damian Jones
    Grohl and co. with a mixed bag of everything from stadium rock to country ballads!
  4. Review of In Your Honour

    In Your Honour 2005

    Reviewed by Tanya Byrne
    In Your Honour is a double album; one rock, one acoustic; it's an ambitious...
  5. Review of The Colour and the Shape

    The Colour and the Shape 1997

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    The Colour And The Shape marked Foo Fighters' coming of age.
  6. Review of One By One

    One By One

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    One By One starts brilliantly. First track 'All My Life' must be the best thing he's...
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