Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl began writing and recording his own material at the height of Nirvana’s fame. After Nirvana folded, following the death of lead singer Kurt Cobain, Grohl founded the Foo Fighters.
Along with fellow band members, Grohl locked himself away in a studio and recorded the Foo Fighters' debut album in less than a week. After printing a mere 100 copies of the album, the Foo Fighters became the object of a fierce record company bidding war.
Along with Nate Mendel, William Goldsmith and Pat Smear, the Foo Fighters were ready to rock and roll. They signed to Capitol Records and their self-titled debut album, consisting solely of Dave Grohl's solo recordings, was released in 1995. Proving an instant success, the album achieved platinum status the following year.
The Foo Fighters toured with the album, and scored another hit with 'Big Me'. During the sessions for the second album 'The Colour and the Shape' in 1997, William Goldsmith left the band due to creative tensions. Several hits were released including 'Monkey Wrench', 'Everlong' and 'My Hero'.
Goldsmith was replaced by Taylor Hawkins, who had previously drummed with Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette. The band enjoyed yet more success in the US and subsequent line-up changes and controversial projects ('Rock Against Bush') have helped them remain firm MTV favourites.
In 1999, the band released their third album 'There is Nothing Left to Lose,' which saw Franz Stahl, who had replaced Smear, fired during the recording of the CD. The album spawned several singles including 'Learn to Fly', which was their first track to reach number one in the US.
The band started to develop a friendship with the rock band Queen in 2001, with Grohl and Hawkins inducting the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performing 'Tie your Mother Down' with the group, who originally recorded the song in 1976.
Since then, Brian May has contributed to some Foo Fighter songs including 'Tired of You' in 2002 and the two bands have performed together several times. In November 2007, Queen perfomed at the Foo Fighters O2 Arena concert.
The band underwent a blip in 2001 and 2002 during the recording of their fourth album. Infighting among the band members and disagreements over the album led Grohl to help Queens of the Stoneage complete their album by playing the drums on some of their tracks. Both bands were touring at the same time, which left the Foo Fighters on the verge of breaking up but after Grohl rejoined them to perform at the Coachella Festival, they agreed to re-record the album 'One by One', which was then released at the end of 2002.
Since then, the Foo Fighters have released 'In Your Honour' in July 2005, which comprised a CD full of rock tracks and one consisting of acoustic tracks. In November 2006, the band released their first live CD called 'Skin and Bones' with an accompanying DVD.
'Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace' was released on 25 September 2007 and the single 'The Pretender' topped Billboard's Modern Rock chart for 19 weeks. On 3 November 2009, a Greatest Hits compilation was released by the band.
The Foo Fighters released their seventh studio album 'Wasting Light' on 12 April 2011 and it went straight to number one, the first album by the band to do so.