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Foo Fighters
May 12 2021

2021 Inductee - Performer


Foo Fighters carry the torch of rock authenticity with infectious hooks, in-your-face guitar riffs, monster drums, and boundless energy. When Nirvana disbanded in 1994, Dave Grohl had years of original songs ready to go  and  recorded the self-titled Foo Fighters debut album in one week. Few artists in rock history have recorded every track on an album, from drums to vocals (save for one guitar track), and few drummers have  stepped down from the throne into the role of singer-songwriter-bandleader.   


Foo Fighters churn pop, prog, metal, punk, and hard rock into a polished – but still raw – version of modern rock. Some consider Foo Fighters a “guitar” band, because over time, they  have  expanded into a thick wall of guitar sounds, with  Grohl  playing straightforward chords, Pat Smear  adding  large atmospheric sounds, and Chris  Shiflett  crafting melodies that complement the vocals. Others consider them a “drums” band – after all, they do have Dave  Grohl  and Taylor Hawkins, two hard-hitting monster drummers with a keen sense of musicality  and ability to  construct  the perfect drumbeat  fo r each song’s needs.   


Foo Fighters  continually  reshape their production techniques. They recorded  There Is Nothing Left to Lose  (1999) as a trio in the basement of  Grohl’s Virginia home with no record company  to  oversee the process  or  inhibit  the  flow of creativity. 2005’s  In Your Honor  became a double album – one filled with the classic, heavy Foo Fighters sound, and one that showed the  band’s  softer, acoustic, introspective side. They recorded  Wasting Light  (2011) on  analog  tape to recapture the feel and sound of tiny imperfections and to track everything “live” – without the slickness  of  computer-based production. Through these studio innovations, they updated the classic rock values of authenticity and rawness for modern ears. 


Foo Fighters have become  the  go-to rock band of the 21st  century, performing two sold-out,  back-to-back nights at  London’s  Wembley Stadium, multiple Grammy award ceremonies, David Letterman’s  final  Late Show  episode, and President Joe Biden’s 2021 inauguration  celebration.   

Selected discography:   
“This Is a Call,” Foo Fighters (1995) • “Everlong,” “Enough Space,” The Colour and the Shape (1997) • “Learn to Fly,” There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999) • “All My Life,” “Times Like These,” One by One (2002) • “Best of You,” “Miracle,” In Your Honor (2005) • “Walk,” Wasting Light (2011) • “Something From Nothing,” Sonic Highways (2014)  


Inductees: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear  


Influences: Rush, Pixies, Ian McKaye        

Legacies: Billie Eilish, Against the Current, Miley Cyrus

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