Foo Fighters grew out of the ashes of Nirvana, but with one important difference: Dave Grohl moved from behind the drum kit to out front at the mic. Working alone at first, Grohl polished up songs he'd been writing over the years before constructing an actual band to play them out on the road. A one-off name, shorthand for UFOs in the World War II era, stuck even as former Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear, bassist Nate Mendel, second guitarist Chris Chiflett and then drummer Taylor Hawkins rounded out Foo Fighters' longest-tenured lineup. Four of the group's first seven albums won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, before Grohl launched an ambitious project titled 'Sonic Highways' that included both a coast-to-coast musical documentary and a guest-packed studio album. Grohl eventually reunited with Nirvana producer Butch Vig, and has also previously worked with Paul McCartney, Them Crooked Vultures (featuring John Paul Jones), Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, the latter of whom invited him to join the Heartbreakers after Nirvana's split.
Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles: Photo Gallery
Sights from the all-star celebration, honoring the late Foo Fighters drummer.
Watch Foo Fighters Perform With Members of Soundgarden
Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Krist Novoselic and Taylor Momsen made appearance at Taylor Hawkins Tribute.
Queen Honors Taylor Hawkins With Help From Pink and Foo Fighters
Brian May and Roger Taylor pay tribute late Foo Fighters drummer at second concert.
See Nancy Wilson Perform 'Barracuda' With Foo Fighters and Pink
Heart guitarist also recently released an original tribute song to Taylor Hawkins.
Watch Def Leppard Perform With Foo Fighters and Miley Cyrus
Pop singer shared vocals with Joe Elliott as they performed "Photograph" at Taylor Hawkins Tribute.
Watch Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee Perform at Taylor Hawkins Tribute
Classless Act singer Derek Day performed vocals alongside the Motley Crue stars.
Watch Wolfgang Van Halen F---ing Play 'Panama' for Taylor Hawkins
Mammoth WVH bandleader tweeted about his song selection soon after the concert.
15 Years Ago: Foo Fighters Leave Their Comfort Zone With 'Echoes'
Dave Grohl and company stretched what Foo Fighters' music could sound like on their sixth album.
How Dave Grohl's Fondness of Oral Sex Inspired 'All My Life'
“That song is a little dirty,” he later confessed.