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2009 Greatest Hits

After fifteen years as a band, six platinum albums, and six Grammys, Foo Fighters are releasing their first ever Greatest Hits album including two new tracks, "Wheels" and "Word Forward"--as well as their first studio-recorded, acoustic version of their widespread hit, "Everlong." A deluxe edition of their Greatest Hits will also include a DVD spanning all of the band's best videos and live performances.

2008 Live at Wembley Stadium

Foo Fighters toured in support of Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace in 2008, making a two night stop at London's Wembley Stadium. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined the band onstage the second night of the concert to perform the Zeppelin classics, "Rock and Roll" and "Ramble On." The concert was recorded on high definition video and 5.1 surround sound for the DVD and Blu-ray release of Live at Wembley Stadium.

2007 Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

The band reunited with Gil Norton (the producer of their second album, The Colour and the Shape) to record Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, released in September of 2007. The album earned Foo Fighters their third Grammy for Best Rock Album and "The Pretender" won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.

2006 Skin and Bones

In 2006, Foo Fighters toured for their album, In Your Honor. The concerts were recorded and compiled on a CD and DVD of exclusively acoustic sets named after the song, "Skin and Bones."

2005 In Your Honor

Foo Fighters released a unique album in 2005, a two CD set, one disc of hard rock and the other exclusively acoustic songs. The acoustic disc features special guests John Paul Jones, Norah Jones and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme returning Grohl's favor of drumming on Queens of the Stone Age's album, Songs for the Deaf. In Your Honor was released as a CD and a Dual Disc edition containing a 5.1 surround mix and a documentary about the making of the album, tracing it from pre-production through the construction of a studio and to the recording of the two discs.

2002 One by One

One by One earned the Foos two more Grammys--Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance for "All My Life." The music video for "Low" features actor Jack Black--who had previously made a cameo in the video for "Learn to Fly" with his Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass.

1999 There Is Nothing Left to Lose

Foo Fighters recorded There Is Nothing Left to Lose as a three piece after first guitarist Pat Smear--and then replacement Franz Stahl each left the group. Ex-No Use for a Name guitarist Chris Shiflett signed on soon after the album was released, completing Foo Fighters' current lineup--Grohl, Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins. They earned their first Grammy for Best Rock Album for There Is Nothing Left to Lose and Best Short Form Music Video for "Learn to Fly."

1997 The Colour and the Shape

The Colour and the Shape was released in May of 1997. It was Foo Fighters' second album, but the first they recorded as a band--each instrument on the prior release was performed by Grohl. The album includes the classic Foo Fighters songs "Everlong" and "My Hero."

1996 Lineup Change

Throughout 1996, Foo Fighters supported their first album with an extensive tour, enjoying a crossover hit with "Big Me." The group began recording their second album with producer Gil Norton, but during the sessions drummer William Goldsmith left the band and Grohl filled in on the majority of the album. Before the record's release in the spring of 1997, Taylor Hawkins, who had previously drummed with Alanis Morissette, joined the band.

1995 Foo Fighters

Instead of embarking on a full-fledged solo career, Grohl decided to form a band. His wife introduced him to bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate and enlisted them both to his project. Former Germs and Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear rounded out the lineup, completing the first incarnation of the band. They chose the name Foo Fighters (after a World War II secret force that allegedly researched UFOs) signed a contract with Capitol Records and the band's self-titled debut was released on July 4, 1995. It was an instant success, as "This Is a Call" garnered heavy alternative and album rock airplay. By early 1996, the album was certified platinum in the U.S.

1994 Beginnings

While he was drumming with Nirvana, Dave Grohl was recording original songs at home that never received public release. After Kurt Cobain's death in 1994, those songs became the foundation of Foo Fighters. Booking time in a professional studio, Grohl and his friend Barrett Jones recorded an album of about 15 tracks from his repertoire. Grohl played all of the instruments on the album, passed 100 copies out to friends and associates and it quickly became the object of a fierce record company bidding war.

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