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.
How Foo Fighters Became a Band on 'The Colour and the Shape'
Lineup changes and a demanding producer helped the group create its pivotal album.
Report: Taylor Hawkins Was 'Exhausted' by Foo Fighters' Schedule
Drummer reportedly told close friends he "couldn’t f---ing do it anymore."
Red Hot Chili Peppers Honor Taylor Hawkins During Festival Set
Band replaced Foo Fighters in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup.
How a Foo Fighter Ended Up in Prince's 'Raspberry Beret' Video
Pat Smear failed 1985 audition but was called back for one reason.
Taylor Hawkins Remembered During the Grammy Awards
Foo Fighters drummer received a special video tribute.
Foo Fighters, Joni Mitchell, Stewart Copeland Win Grammys
Trent Reznor and George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' were also among the early winners at the 64th annual awards.
Foo Fighters Cancel Tour Dates Following Death of Taylor Hawkins
"Let's take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close and to appreciate all the music and memories we've made," band writes.
Taylor Hawkins' Classic Rock Influences: In His Own Words
Late Foo Fighters drummer was never modest when discussing his favorite bands.