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.
Dave Grohl to Star in Crown Royal Super Bowl Commercial
Head Foo Fighter is now a pitchman for the Canadian whiskey brand.
Why 'Times Like These' Could Have Marked the End of Foo Fighters
Song arrived at a tumultuous time for the band.
Foo Fighters: 'We’re Going to Be a Different Band Going Forward'
Band promises departed drummer Taylor Hakwins 'will be there in spirit with all of us every night.'
Announcing Taylor Hawkins' Death Was a 'Delicate Procedure'
Foo Fighters' publicist admits the assignment was "really rough."
Dave Grohl and Billie Eilish Duet on Foo Fighters' 'My Hero'
Emotional moment was in tribute to the late drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Taylor Hawkins Hoped to Play Foo Fighters Songs Into His 70s
Hawkins changed the direction of new documentary ‘Let There Be Drums,’ director says.
20 Years Ago: Why Foo Fighters' 'One by One' Didn't Come Easily
Stadium-headlining popularity nearly fractured the band.
15 Ways the Taylor Hawkins L.A. Show Rocked a 'Little Bit Harder'
The night featured high emotion, powerful performances and even some accidental nudity.
Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles: Photo Gallery
Sights from the all-star celebration, honoring the late Foo Fighters drummer.