Legacy of Nirvana
Foo Fighters as a band came together in 1994 in Seattle and their past is closely related to the legendary band Nirvana. Dave Grohl, the leading guitarist and vocalist decided to create a new band after the death of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana’s main vocalist. Dave was Nirvana’s drummer and he named the group “Foo Fighters”. The same name many UFO sighting by Allied pilots during World War 2 were officially called.
At the start the name Foo Fighters was just a one-man band with Dave Grohl as the only member. Dave received many offers from different bands after the disbandment of Nirvana, but he decided to record 15 songs of many he had written on his own and handed out casettes to his friends for feedback. Dave wanted to keep his identity hidden but the songs he’s record soon circulated through the music industry and various record labels became interested.
Soon later Nate Mendel joined as the bass player, William Goldsmith as the drummer and Pat Smear as the guitarist and Foo Fighters was born.
A Foo Fighter in the sky
Foo Fighters went live for the first time in 1995 in Arcata, California. They performed at the Jambalaya Club and in Portland. The visit to Portland was a benefits performance to aid the investigation of Mia Zapata, lead singer of The Gits.
The year 1995 was also Foo Fighter’s first tour as they were the opening act to Mike Watt, one of the most famous American singers, songwriters and bassists. This gave Foo Fighters the confidence to release their first album named after the band in 1995. They also traveled over seas to England and appeared on the Reading Festival to promote their album.
The Colour and the Shape
Foo Fighters spend the spring of 1996 touring, and soon after then started recording their next album “The Colour and the Shape” in Woodinville, Washington at the Bear Creek Studio. Gil Norton became the producer of their album while Dave wrote all of the songs.
New album, new start
Foo Fighters traveled to Dave’s home to record their new album in Virginia. They spend several months working at Dave’s home studio and produced several songs that became hits like “Learn to Fly”, the first song of the band that climbed up to the US Billboard Hot 100.