Foo Fighters is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. It was founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the suicide of Kurt Cobain. The group took its name from "Foo fighter", a nickname coined by Allied aircraft pilots for UFOs and other aerial phenomena. Over the course of their career, Foo Fighters have won 12 Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album four times. The band has also won an American Music Award, four Brit Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. As of 2015, Foo Fighters have sold over 12 million albums in the U.S.

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 Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. Goldsmith quit during the recording of their second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997); most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl. Smear departed soon afterward but appeared as a guest with the band frequently from 2005; he rejoined the band in 2010.

Smear and Goldsmith were replaced by Franz Stahl and Taylor Hawkins, 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 on guitar 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 their sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007.

The band's seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig, was released in 2011, in which Smear returned as a full member. In November 2014, the band's eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. On September 15, 2017, the band released their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, which became their second to reach number one in the United States and was the band's first studio album to feature longtime session and touring keyboardist Rami Jaffee as a full member. In February 2021, the band released its tenth album, Medicine at Midnight, and in October will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.

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2011-08-21: Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, NetherlandsFoo Fighters1
2000-02-29: Melkweg, Amsterdam, NetherlandsFoo Fighters1
2000-11-03: Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA, USAFoo Fighters1
2003-08-26: Laugardalshöll, Reykjavik, IcelandFoo Fighters1
2011-08-07: Lollapalooza Festival, Chicago, IL, USAFoo Fighters1
2014-10-17: The Cubby Bear, Chicago, IL, USAFoo Fighters1
2017-07-07: Nos Alive Festival, PortugalFoo Fighters1
2012-04-01: Lollapalooza Festival, Santiago, ChileFoo Fighters1
2015-01-25: Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFoo Fighters1


2000-07-11: Live On 94.4 WYSP Radio, Philadelphia, PAFoo Fighters1


1995Foo FightersFoo Fighters4.1516
1997The Colour and the ShapeFoo Fighters4.0516
1999There Is Nothing Left to LoseFoo Fighters4.1512
2002One by OneFoo Fighters422
2005In Your HonorFoo Fighters3.6520
2007Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceFoo Fighters3.211
2011Wasting LightFoo Fighters415
2014Sonic HighwaysFoo Fighters3.256
2017Concrete and GoldFoo Fighters39
2021Medicine at MidnightFoo Fighters35

Album + Compilation

2009Greatest HitsFoo Fighters412
2011Medium RareFoo Fighters4

Album + Live

2003Everywhere But HomeFoo Fighters1
2006Skin and BonesFoo Fighters5
2008Live at Wembley StadiumFoo Fighters2
20172017-06-24: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing ArtsFoo Fighters3
201900070725: Live at Studio 606Foo Fighters1
201900050525: Live in RoswellFoo Fighters1


1995This Is a CallFoo Fighters3
1995I'll Stick AroundFoo Fighters3
1995For All the CowsFoo Fighters3
1995Big MeFoo Fighters6
1997Monkey WrenchFoo Fighters5
1997EverlongFoo Fighters4
1998My HeroFoo Fighters5
1998Walking After YouFoo Fighters1
1999Learn to FlyFoo Fighters5
2000Stacked ActorsFoo Fighters2
2000GeneratorFoo Fighters5
2000BreakoutFoo Fighters9
2000Next YearFoo Fighters6
2001The OneFoo Fighters2
2002All My LifeFoo Fighters6
2003Times Like TheseFoo Fighters11
2003LowFoo Fighters3
2003Have It AllFoo Fighters3
2005Best of YouFoo Fighters4
2005DOAFoo Fighters5
2005ResolveFoo Fighters3
2006No Way Back/Cold Day in the SunFoo Fighters1
2007The PretenderFoo Fighters4
2007Long Road to RuinFoo Fighters3
2008Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)Foo Fighters2
2009WheelsFoo Fighters1
2011RopeFoo Fighters54
2011White LimoFoo Fighters1
2011WalkFoo Fighters1
2011ArlandriaFoo Fighters1
201112 Days of ChristmasFoo Fighters2
2014Something From NothingFoo Fighters1
2014The Feast and the FamineFoo Fighters1
2014CongregationFoo Fighters1
2014What Did I Do? / God as My WitnessFoo Fighters1
2017RunFoo Fighters51
2017The Sky Is a NeighborhoodFoo Fighters1
2017The LineFoo Fighters2
2017SoldierFoo Fighters1
2020Shame ShameFoo Fighters1
2021No Son of MineFoo Fighters1
2021Waiting on a WarFoo Fighters1

Single + Live

2005RazorFoo Fighters1
2018The Sky Is a Neighborhood (live at the BRITs)Foo Fighters1


2000Next YearFoo Fighters1
2003DVD/EPFoo Fighters1
2005Five Songs and a CoverFoo Fighters1
2008Let It DieFoo Fighters1
2015Songs From the Laundry RoomFoo Fighters2
2015Saint Cecilia EPFoo Fighters43
201901020225Foo Fighters1
201900020225Foo Fighters2
201902050525Foo Fighters1
201901050525Foo Fighters1
201901999925Foo Fighters1
201900999925Foo Fighters1
201900979725Foo Fighters1

EP + Compilation

2009Greatest HitsFoo Fighters1
202000959525Foo Fighters41

EP + Live

2011iTunes Festival: London 2011Foo Fighters1
201900950025Foo Fighters1
201900111125 - Live in LondonFoo Fighters1
201901070725Foo Fighters1
2020Live On the Radio 1996Foo Fighters1

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