List of Foo Fighters band members

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The current lineup of Foo Fighters, from left to right: Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel. Not shown: Pat Smear.

Foo Fighters is an American alternative rock band formed by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dave Grohl in 1994. After recording the album Foo Fighters alone, Grohl enlisted guitarist Pat Smear, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith to join the band.[1] This lineup recorded the second Foo Fighters album, 1997's The Colour and the Shape, although most of Goldsmith's drum recordings were removed and re-recorded by Grohl for the release, after he left the band due to creative tensions.[1] Goldsmith was replaced by Taylor Hawkins, and Franz Stahl replaced Smear after he also departed, although he only remained in the band for a short period and did not record an album with the group.[1] The group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, featured Hawkins on drums and was released in 1999.[1]

After the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose, Chris Shiflett was brought in as Stahl's replacement on guitar.[1] With the core lineup of Grohl, Shiflett, Mendel and Hawkins, Foo Fighters recorded their fourth album, One by One, which was released in 2002 and was the first album by the band to reach the top three of the US Billboard 200 chart.[2] The band's next release was a double album in the form of 2005's In Your Honor, which spawned the first single by the band to top both the US Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock singles charts, "Best of You".[2] In 2005, Pat Smear rejoined as a touring member of the band, in addition to keyboardist Rami Jaffee and percussionist Drew Hester, all of whom featured on the 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.[1].

Smear rejoined as a full-time member in 2010, bringing the lineup of the band up to five members for the first time since its inception.[1] In 2011 Foo Fighters released its seventh studio album, Wasting Light, which was their first to top the Billboard 200 chart,[2] followed in 2014 by the band's eighth album Sonic Highways, which featured a wide range of guest musicians including Rick Nielsen, Gary Clark, Jr. and Joe Walsh.[3]

In 2017, Grohl confirmed that Rami Jaffee was an official member of the band.[4]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Dave Grohl Dave Grohl 1994–present vocals, guitars, drums, percussion, bass all Foo Fighters releases
Pat Smear Pat Smear 1995–1997, 2005–2010 (touring), 2010–present rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals The Colour and the Shape (1997) and from Skin and Bones (2006) to present
Nate Mendel Nate Mendel 1995–present bass all Foo Fighters releases from The Colour and the Shape (1997) to present
Taylor Hawkins Taylor Hawkins 1997–present drums, percussion, backing vocals all Foo Fighters releases from The Colour and the Shape (1997) to present
Chris Shiflett Chris Shiflett 1999–present lead guitar, backing vocals all Foo Fighters releases from One by One (2002) to present
Rami Jaffee 2005–2017 (touring), 2017–present keyboards, piano all releases from In Your Honor (2005) to present

Former[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
William Goldsmith William Goldsmith 1995–1997 drums, percussion The Colour and the Shape (1997)
Franz Stahl Franz Stahl 1997–1999 lead guitar, backing vocals A320 (1998) and Walking After You (1998)

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Petra Haden Petra Haden 2005–2007 violin, mandolin, backing vocals In Your Honor (2005) and Skin and Bones (2006)
Drew Hester 2005–2010 percussion all Foo Fighters releases from Skin and Bones (2006) to Sonic Highways (2014)
Jessy Greene Jessy Greene 2007–2010 violin, cello, double bass, backing vocals Wasting Light (2011)

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Lineup duration Band members Studio albums
October 1994–August 1995
August 1995–February 1997 none
February 1997–May 1997
  • Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, drums (occasional)
  • Pat Smear – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Nate Mendel – bass
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion
May 1997–February 1999
  • Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Nate Mendel – bass
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums
  • Franz Stahl – lead guitar, backing vocals
none
February 1999–June 1999
  • Dave Grohl – vocals, guitars
  • Nate Mendel – bass
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums
June 1999–September 2010
  • Dave Grohl – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Nate Mendel – bass
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Shiflett – lead guitar, backing vocals
September 2010–June 2017
  • Dave Grohl – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Pat Smear – rhythm and lead guitar
  • Nate Mendel – bass
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Shiflett – lead guitar, backing vocals
June 2017–present
  • Dave Grohl – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Pat Smear – rhythm and lead guitar
  • Nate Mendel – bass
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chris Shiflett – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Rami Jaffee – keyboards
none

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Foo Fighters Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Foo Fighters Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sonic Highways - Foo Fighters". AllMusic. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Buchanan, Brett (2017-06-02). "Dave Grohl Announces New Foo Fighters Member". Alternative Nation. Retrieved 2017-06-03. Dave Grohl confirmed in a new interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 that longtime keyboardist Rami Jaffee is now an official member of Foo Fighters.