American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1995. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band Nirvana. 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. Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and 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.They released their self-titled debut album in 1995. 'The colour and the shape' followed in 1997. Goldsmith quit the band when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smear's departure followed soon afterward, but he rejoined the band in 2005. The band briefly continued as a trio with Taylor Hawkins until Chris Shiflett joined as the band's lead guitarist after the completion of 'There is nothing left to lose' (1999), the band's third album. 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', 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. Over the course of the band's career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.
In 2007, Kim Wilde and her band performed the Foo Fighters track No way back (taken from the band's 2005 album) just once: on October 31, 2007 in Crailsheim/Ilshofen (Germany). Foo Fighters released a cover version of Kids in America on a limited edition 10" vinyl EP, released in 2015 on Record Store Day.