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Foo Fighters: 10 Facts You Might Not Have Known


Foo Fighters are definitely one of my favorite bands of all time. I was absolutely blown away when they played a show at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa in December 2014.

There’s probably a few things that you didn’t know about Foo Fighters and today I’m pointing a few out to you.

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Here are 10 things you might not have known about Foo Fighters

1. Foo Fighters had humble beginnings…

The band was formed in 1994 in Seattle, Washington as a one-man project by ex Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. He played all the instruments (except for one guitar part) on the band’s self-titled debut album.

2. Over the years, Foo Fighters have grown from a 4 piece band to a 6 piece band

The current members of the band are Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee. The band has only two former members: William Goldsmith (the former drummer of Sunny Day Real Estate) and Franz Stahl (who was in the band Scream with Dave Grohl).

3. They’ve released quite a few albums since 1995

To date Foo Fighters have released 9 studio albums: Foo Fighters (in 1995), The Colour and the Shape (in 1997), There Is Nothing Left to Lose (in 1999), One by One (in 2002), In Your Honor (in 2005), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (in 2007), Wasting Light (in 2011), Sonic Highways (in 2014) and Concrete and Gold (in 2017).

4. One of Dave Grohl’s tattoos was used on an album cover

The tattoo features the letters “FF” and was used for the cover of the album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.

5. The band and its record company are named after UFOs

A “foo fighter” was a World War II-era term pilots used for UFOs. Likewise, the group’s record company, Roswell, refers to a New Mexico town where a flying saucer supposedly crashed in 1947.

6. The band played three secret shows under a different name in 1999

To ease Chris Shifflett into the group, the Foo Fighters played three secret shows in Los Angeles under the name Stacked Actors.

7. Dave Grohl has played drums for other bands / artists in his off time

Everyone knows that Dave Grohl was the 5th drummer for Nirvana. Besides this he’s also played drums for Tom Petty, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Tenacious D.

8. Foo Fighters have won multiple awards

Their list of accolades includes 1 AltRock Award, 1 American Music Award, 1 BBC Music Award, 5 BRIT Awards, 13 Grammy Awards, 5 Kerrang! Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, 6 NME Awards and 1 UK Music Video Award.

Rumor has it that Dave Grohl used a Grammy Award as a door stop in his bedroom and that he had replaced it with the MTV Video Music Award.

9. Foo Fighters trolled Westboro Baptist Church by dressing up as cowboys and performing gay love song

The band fought back against anti-gay protesters in Kansas City by singing in celebration of “man muffins,” and mocking representatives from the extremist Westboro Baptist Church. Together with the band, Dave Grohl performed a gay love song called “Keep it Clean (Hot Buns)” in front of protesters.

10. “Let it Die” is about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love

The track off 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace refers to an “intravenous, intertwined” couple. Dave Grohl confirmed that the line refers to his late bandmate Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love.

Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone that “It’s a song that’s written about feeling helpless to someone else’s demise. I’ve seen people lose it all to drugs and heartbreak and death. It’s happened more than once in my life, but the one that’s most noted is Kurt. And there are a lot of people that I’ve been angry with in my life, but the one that’s most noted is Courtney. So it’s pretty obvious to me that those correlations are gonna pop up every now and again. I still remain a little secretive about it all.”

There you have it, 10 facts that you may not have known about Foo Fighters. If you have anything you wanna add to this list of facts, please comment on this post. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. If you’ve found this post interesting, feel free to share it with you friends.

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