Foo Fighters' current lineup, left to right:
Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee
|Years active||1994 - present|
As far back as the late 80s, Grohl had created his own occasional recordings. After joining Nirvana, and acquiring better equipment, Grohl stepped up both the quality and frequency of his recordings, and soon had enough for a solid demo tape. He was considering shopping the tape around to labels when Kurt Cobain's suicide brought an early end to his then-current band.
After scoring a deal with RCA, the recording, which featured Grohl on all instruments, was released in 1995 under the hastily-chosen name Foo Fighters, a reference to World War II-era reports of UFO sightings. Grohl just as hastily assembled a touring lineup and hit the road.
The project evolved into a full-fledged band, and despite a few early lineup changes, the outfit truly came together with the addition of drummer Taylor Hawkins in 1998.
The Foo Fighters are mutual admirers of Weezer; Grohl's outfit has covered "Say It Ain't So" at soundchecks, and Weezer has covered "Big Me" a number of times. Pat Wilson's group The Special Goodness opened for Foo Fighters in 2003 (ironic considering both bands are fronted by drummers-turned-guitarists/vocalists), and the Foos coheadlined the so-called Foozer tour with Weezer in 2005.