Foo Fighters
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Years active 1995—present
Label(s) RCA, Capitol
Associated acts Nirvana
Sunny Day Real Estate
The Fire Theft
Dave Grohl
Nate Mendel
Taylor Hawkins
Chris Shiflett
Former members
William Goldsmith
Pat Smear
Franz Stahl

Foo Fighters is an American rock band formed by singer/guitarist/drummer Dave Grohl in 1995.[1] Grohl formed the group as a one-man project after the dissolution of his previous band Nirvana in 1994. Prior to the release of Foo Fighters in 1995, Grohl drafted Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith (drums), and Pat Smear (guitar) to complete the group. Goldsmith left during the recording of the group's second album The Colour and the Shape (1997), soon followed by Smear. They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively.

As stated in Behind the Paint, the band's members have identified as Juggalos,[2] but have primarily performed for mainstream audiences, and have little connection to the Juggalo community.


  1. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography". Retrieved on April 28, 2006.
  2. Bruce, Joseph; Hobey Echlin. "Juggalos of the World". in Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 391–392. ISBN 09741846083. 
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