Dave Grohl started in rock playing in some bands on the Washington DC punk circuit in the 1980s. The most well-known was Scream, who left in 1990 to take over the drums of a band that was beginning to get the world's attention, Nirvana, who had already released her first album, Bleach.
Dave Grohl's story with Nirvana went back to 1994, when vocalist Kurt Cobain committed suicide. In order to give a new direction to his life after the death of Kurt Cobain, Grohl decided to record his own songs, which he had been composing since the 80's. For this he formed Foo Fighters with his friends Pat Smear (who had played guitar with Nirvana), Nate Mendel (former Sunny Day Real Estate bassist) and William Goldsmith (former Sunny Day Real Estate drummer).
In 1995 the band's first album was released, titled only Foo Fighters. The album soon spawned the hits "This Is a Call" and "Big Me".
Even keeping the formula of distorted guitars, pop melodies and a certain amount of aggression, Dave Grohl gradually gave the band his own style, managing to escape the association with his previous band.
During the recording of the second album, The Colour and the Shape, produced by Gil Norton (he had previously worked with the Pixies), drummer William Goldsmith left the band. Later, Taylor Hawkins took his place. The Colour and the Shape, released in 1997, brought the hits "Everlong" and "Monkey Wrench".
The exchange of members ended up being one of the hallmarks of Foo Fighters. In 1997, Pat Smear left the band. And, his place entered Grohl's colleague Franz Stahl in Scream. Stahl was not short on Foo Fighters, leaving in 1999, before the recording of the third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.
For the tour of There Is Nothing Left to Lose, which had as main hit the song "Learn To Fly", Grohl invited Chris Shiflett to fill the guitarist vacancy, left by Franz Stahl. In 2002, in addition to playing drums on the Queens Of The Stone Age album Songs for the Deaf, Grohl released his band's fourth album, titled One By One.
In Your Honor, Foo Fighters' fifth studio album, came out in 2005. The following year, the group released Skin and Bones, a live album. In 2007, another studio album came out, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. In 2009, Grohl appeared in the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, a project that also included Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).
Produced by Butch Vig, the band released the album Wasting Light in 2011. Released in 2014, Sonic Highways, the group's eighth album, came out with eight tracks recorded in different studios in eight American cities: "Something from Nothing" (Chicago), "The Feast and the Famine" (Arlington), "Congregation" (Nashville ), "What Did I Do? / God As My Witness" (Austin), "Outside" (Los Angeles), "In the Clear" (New Orleans), "Subterranean" (Seattle) and "I Am a River" (New York).
Concrete and Gold, the group's ninth album, was released in 2017. Planned to come out in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicine at Midnight was only released in February 2021. On March 25, 2022, Taylor Hawkins died at age 50, before a concert in Bogotá, Colombia. The musician, found dead in a hotel room, did not have the cause of his death released. In 2023, the group released But Here We Are.