Foo Fighters are unarguably one of the biggest rock bands in the world. They release their eighth album, Sonic Highways, on Monday. Here are 10 things you may not know about Foo Fighters.
1. Their new record Sonic Highways was recorded in eight different cities and studios around the U.S.A. All the songs were inspired by the cities and musicians living there.
2. The last thing recorded on each song on the new album was the lyrics and they were entirely informed by the city and musicians Dave Grohl interviewed. He would wait until just days before recording to write them.
3. The first concert guitarist Chris Shiflett’s ever went to was Dio when they were touring their Holy Diver album in the early 80s. The lead track off Sonic Highways, “Something From Nothing”, keeps getting compared to “Holy Diver” at the 1:30 mark.
4. Dave Grohl played almost all the instruments on Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut album in 1995. The only other person credited is Greg Dulli from Afghan Whigs who played guitar on “X-Static” because he was hanging around watching Dave Grohl record.
5. Sonic Highways features all five members of Foo Fighters as well as special guests Rick Neilson (Cheap Trick), Joan Jett, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Walsh (Eagles), and Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers).
6. Dave Grohl has lent his talents to many other bands including Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, Tom Petty and the Heatbreakers, Queens of the Stone Age, and more. He played drums on QOTSA’s entire 2002 album Songs for the Deaf.
7. While Foo Fighters were touring their debut album, Taylor Hawkins was drumming in Alanis Morissette’s touring band. Hawkins served as the drummer for Morissette’s whole Jagged Little Pill tour and met Grohl and the rest of the band while playing the same festivals. He joined Foo Fighters in 1997.
8. Before Taylor Hawkins, William Goldsmith played drums in Foo Fighters. After early recording sessions for their album The Color and the Shape were thrown away, Grohl recorded all the drum parts himself. Goldsmith took offense and left the band.
9. Dave Grohl originally chose to release music under the name Foo Fighters to hide his identity.
10. He recently told 60 Minutes that Foo Fighters is the dumbest band name ever and if he thought it would last more than a month, he would have named it something else.
Bonus: Am I the only one who has never noticed this? Dave Grohl plays the devil in Tenacious D’s song “Tribute” and also in their movie Pick of Destiny.