10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Foo Fighters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They have deep classic-rock connections
To clear his head, Dave Grohl plays with other bands
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.