Foo Fighters comprises an American rock band that was formed in 1994 in Seattle, Washington, US. Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl formed Foo Fighters as a man project after Nirvana’s dissolution following the death of Kurt Cobain. The band derived its name from the UFOs in relation to other associated aerial phenomena that were experienced by Allied aircraft pilots during the Second World War, which were collectively referred as Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl released debut album, ‘Foo Fighters’ in 1995.
The band’s genres include hard rock, alternative rock, and post-grunge, and Dave Grohl later recruited drummer William Goldsmith and Bassist Nate Mendel, as well as guitarist Pat Smear to complete a formidable lineup. The Foo Fighters then started playing performances in Portland, Oregon; however, William Goldsmith quit the group during the recording sessions of the band’s second album, ‘The Color and the Shape’ in 1997. Pat Smear also quit soon after only to rejoin later in 2006, however they were replaced by Franz Stahi and Taylor Hawkins.
In 1999, the band’s third album, ‘There is Nothing Left to Lose’ was released and the fourth album, ‘One by One’ in 2002. The Foo Fighters later released two-disc, ‘In Your Honor’ in 2005 that they decided to split between heavier material and acoustic songs. Their sixth album, ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace’ was released in 2007, while their seventh studio album, ‘Wasting Light’ was released in 2011 under the production of Butch Vig, the year that Pat Smear returned as a full member of the group. Foo Fighters eighth studio album, ‘Sonic Highways’ was produced in November 2014 as an add-on soundtrack to the Dave Grohl directed 2014 miniseries. While on September 15, 2017, Foo Fighters produced their ninth studio album, ‘Concrete and Gold’ that became their 2nd to reach No.1 in the US. The time has since won four Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album There Is Nothing Left to Lose, Wasting Light, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, and One by One, as well as got more than 12 million copies sold in the United States alone.
The band has also won several awards and nominations including the Grammy Award for the music video, ‘Learn to Fly’ in 2000 including 10 more others. Other awards include three Best Hard Rock Performance for the hit songs "All My Life", "The Pretender" and "White Limo". The band further boast of 3 Kerrang! Awards, as well as winning Best Rock Video for their video, ‘Walk’ at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
The Foo Fighters are also proud to have won the Radio Contraband Award for the Major Label Artist of the year in both 2011 and 2014. They received the Song of the Year award for the song, ‘Something From Nothing’ in 2014, as well as Album of the Year Award for their album, ‘ Sonic Highways’ in the same year. The group’s success has not been rote by lack of awards and nominations, that displays their best talents such as performing at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012, where they were nominated for six Grammy Awards and winning five of them.