Foo Fighters is led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. The band has since been one of the top acts of the post-grunge era, first making it big with its second album, The Colour and the Shape. The band is continuing to tour in 2018 after their latest album Concrete and Gold was well-received by critics and fans alike.
Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana, created the Foo Fighters in 1995 after the death of Kurt Cobain. He named the band after the World War II term "foo fighter," which was used to refer to mysterious aerial phenomena. The other three founding members of the Foo Fighters were Nate Mendel on bass, William Goldsmith on drums, and Pat Smear on second guitar. The group's first major tour was in the spring of 1995, when they opened for Mike Watt. The band's first single, "This is a Call," was released in June of that year. The Foo Fighters have their origins in Seattle, WA.
The Foo Fighter's self-titled debut album was released on July 4, 1995, and was certified platinum by early 1996. Foo Fighters was followed by The Color and the Shape (1997), There is Nothing Left to Lose (1999), One by One (2002), In Your Honor (2005), Skin and Bones (2006), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007). The Foo Fighters have been wildly successful, earning twelve Grammys: Best Rock Album (2001, 2004, 2008, and 2012), Best Short Form Music Video (2001), Best Long Form Music Video (2012), and Best Hard Rock Performance (2003, 2008, and 2012). Aside from the Grammy's, The Foo Fighters have also won two VMA's. The first was for Best Group Video (1995) and the second was for Best Rock Video (2011).
The Foo Fighters current memebers include Dave Grohl (lead vocals, guitar, drums, piano), Taylor Hawkins (drums, percussion, vocals, piano, guitar), Nate Mendel (bass guitar), Chris Shiflett (guitar, backing vocals), and Pat Smear (guitar), and added Rami Jaffee (organ) in 2017.