With a career spanning the best part of three decades, four Grammy-winning albums, nine studio albums and countless hit singles, the Foo Fighters have gone from being an outlet for Dave Grohl’s post-Nirvana songwriting to rock legends in their own right.
Headed by Grohl, who stepped out of Cobain’s shadow to emerge as one of the most passionate, watchable and talented rock frontmen of the ’90s and ’00s, the band built its reputation on electric live performances and pure talent. While Taylor Hawkins has become one of the genre’s stand-out drummers, Nate Mendel has developed his stand-out Sunny Day Real Estate style to complement the Foo’s loud/quiet dynamic. Both Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett are also able to channel their punk roots and let rip whenever required.
From early-career masterpiece, The Colour and the Shape, with its radio and MTV-friendly hits, Monkey Wrench, Everlong and My Hero, to the ambitious double album In Your Honor and highly successful Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, the Foo’s discography is packed full of cold, hard classics.
Masters of the spine-tingling riff and sing-along chorus and just as comfortable with angry punk rock as they are with tender ballads or laugh out loud videos, Foo Fighters have overcome countless obstacles to prove that they’re one of the modern era’s most legendary rock groups.