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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Foo Fighters

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You probably know that Dave Grohl formed Foo Fighters after the death of his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain. But did you know that Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic was also going to be in the band at one point? It’s one of the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Foo Fighters.


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Dave Grohl released some early Foo Fighters demos under another name while still in Nirvana

 
 

In 1992, the year after 'Nevermind' was released, Grohl released a cassette of songs called 'Pocketwatch' under the name Late! They basically served as an early stage of the Foo Fighters' development.

 
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Karl Walter, Getty Images

After Kurt Cobain’s death, Grohl almost joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

 
 

Seven months after Kurt Cobain tragically put an end to Nirvana, Grohl sat in with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers when they played 'Saturday Night Live.' He later declined Petty's offer of a full-time gig.

 
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Barney Wayne, Hulton Archive, Getty Image

The band and its record company are named after UFOs

 
 

A "foo fighter" was a World War II-era term pilots used for UFOs. Likewise, the group's record company, Roswell, refers to a New Mexico town where a flying saucer supposedly crashed in 1947.

 
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Dave Grohl played every instrument on the Foos’ debut except for one guitar part

 
 

The band's self-titled 1995 album is basically a solo record by Grohl, who performed every single note you hear except for guitar on one song, which is played by the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli.

 
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Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Krist Novoselic considered joining the Foo Fighters

 
 

After 'Foo Fighters' was released and Grohl was putting together a band to tour the album, he and his former Nirvana bandmate talked about playing together again. In the end, they figured it wasn't a good idea.

 
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Scott Gries, Getty Images

Dave Grohl rerecorded all the original drummers’ tracks on the second album

 
 

After recording the Foos' debut all by himself, Grohl entered the studio with a full band for the follow-up album. But he didn't like what the drummer played, so he went back in and played everything himself.

 
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Matthew Peyton, Getty Images

Taylor Hawkins was Alanis Morissette’s drummer

 
 

The new band's original drummer quit after Grohl rerecorded all of the drum parts on 'The Colour and the Shape.' Needing a new drummer for the tour, Grohl snatched Hawkins from Morissette's band.

 
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Roger Jackson, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

They have deep classic-rock connections

 
 

Foo Fighters have shared the stage with everyone from Queen and Rush to Led Zeppelin and former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty. They've even inducted some of them into classy joints.

 

 
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Nora Lezano

To clear his head, Dave Grohl plays with other bands

 
 

When he isn't making music with Foo Fighters or filming documentaries, Grohl plays drums for, among others, Tenacious D, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age.

 
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Edward Mille, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The first batch of ‘Wasting Light’ CDs include pieces of the album’s analog tape master

 
 

Look inside your CD copy of the band's latest album. If you were one of the first fans to pick one up, chances are it includes a piece of the original analog tape the album was recorded on.

 

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