While he was drumming with Nirvana, Dave Grohl was recording original songs at home that never received public release. Those tapes would become the foundation of Foo Fighters, the band he formed in 1995, after the death of Kurt Cobain.
Instead of embarking on a career, Grohl decided to form a band. He met bassist Nate Mendel, and joined Grohl’s band along with drummer William Goldsmith and former Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear. The band's self-titled debut, consisting solely of Dave Grohl's solo recordings, was released on July 4, 1995. It was an instant success in America, as ‘This Is a Call’ gained heavy alternative and album rock airplay. By early 1996, the album was certified platinum in the U.S.
Throughout 1996, Foo Fighters supported the album with an extensive tour, enjoying a crossover hit with ‘Big Me’ that spring. Late in the year, the group began recording their second album with producer Gil Norton. During the sessions, William Goldsmith left the band due to creative tensions, leaving Grohl to drum on the majority of the album. Before the record's release in the spring of 1997, Goldsmith was replaced by Taylor Hawkins.
‘The Colour and the Shape’, Foo Fighters' second album was issued in May of 1997. Smear left the group and was replaced by guitarist Franz Stahl, whose stay proved short-lived; 1999's There Is Nothing Left to Lose was recorded as a three-piece, with ex-No Use for a Name guitarist Chris Shiflett signing on soon after.
Grohls least favourite Foo Fighters album ‘One by One’ appeared in late 2002, followed by 2005's ‘In Your Honor’. After releasing a live album titled ‘Skin and Bones' in 2006, the band returned to Norton's studio and started constructing a dozen fractured and eclectic rock songs to be released in 2007 under the name ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace’.
Grohl has also expanded his music career by drumming in Queens of The Stone Age, and has recently formed a supergroup, going by the name of Them Crooked Vultures.
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