Foo Fighters Carpool Karaoke Covers Rick Astley
James and the Foo Fighters take a drive through Los Angeles singing the band’s classics before dropping into a music store for a quick drumming session with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.
Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the death of Kurt Cobain. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as “foo fighters“.
Prior to the release of Foo Fighters’ 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendeland drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. Goldsmith quit during the recording of the group’s second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997), when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smear’s departure followed soon afterward, though he would rejoin them in 2006.
They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the group’s third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999). The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band’s lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material. Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. The band’s seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011, in which Smear returned as a full member. In November 2014, the band’s eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. In 2017, the band released a single, “Run“, and released their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold on September 15, 2017.
The Foo Fighters planned to follow their international tour with a North American tour to promote Sonic Highways, beginning with a special Fourth of July event in Washington, D.C. that would commemorate the band’s 20th anniversary. This all-day event, to be held at Washington’s RFK Stadium, was advertised as featuring performances by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart, LL Cool J, Gary Clark Jr., and Buddy Guy. Dave Grohl’s leg injury initially led to speculation that the band would drop out of the event, but they later confirmed they would still perform however, the injury did prevent them from headlining the 2015 Glastonbury Festival(although they would return and headline in 2017). The band performed the show in front of 48,000 people, with Grohl performing in a custom-built moving throne which he claimed to have designed himself while on painkillers in the hospital.
Beginning with the show of July 4, the Foo Fighters re-branded the North American tour as the Broken Leg Tour. The band continued to use the new tour name at later North American performances. During the tour, prior to a concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on August 21, 2015, the Foo Fighters staged a counter protest against members of the Westboro Baptist Church who were protesting their concert, rickrolling them from the back of a pickup truck.
On November 23, 2015, a surprise release following a month-long countdown clock on the Foo Fighters’ website revealed the free EP Saint Cecilia, including a single of the same name. Alongside its release, Grohl also announced at the same time that the band would be entering an indefinite hiatus. In response to growing rumors of the band permanently breaking up, in March 2016, the band released a mockumentary video portraying Grohl leaving the band to pursue an electronic music career, and Nick Lachey (formerly of 98 Degrees) becoming the group’s new singer, with the video ending “For the millionth time, we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going fucking solo!” In May 2016, Shiflett stated that the band still had no particular plans for reforming, but assured that it would happen eventually.
Grohl announced that the band would spend much of 2017 recording their ninth studio album. On June 1, 2017 their new single “Run” was released. “Run” topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart the following month. With the new album release, the Foo Fighters also confirmed that touring keyboardist Rami Jaffee is officially the sixth member of the group. The Foo Fighters announced on June 20, 2017 that their new album, Concrete and Gold, would be released in September. On August 23, 2017, the band released their second single from Concrete and Gold named “The Sky Is a Neighborhood.” Concrete and Gold was officially released on September 15, 2017 and was produced by Greg Kurstin. The album is noted as deriving influence from many rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles. Concrete and Gold also features Justin Timberlake , on the vocals for “Make It Right”, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men on backing vocals for the song “Concrete and Gold”, and Paul McCartney, on the drums for “Sunday Rain.” The band began touring in June 2017, including headlining the Glastonbury Festival 2017.