Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Foo Fighters - Transforming Tragedy into Success

As a sergeant of operations for the Israel Defense Forces, Iftach Jacob oversaw over 20 soldiers. A fan of several bands and musical artists, Iftach Jacob counts the Foo Fighters among his favorite groups.

The former drummer of Nirvana, Dave Grohl created the Foo Fighters in the mid-1990s after the death of Kurt Cobain and the subsequent dissolution of Nirvana, the band for which he was the frontman. Leading up to this event, Grohl had been developing a collection of songs for which he handled most of the instruments and all of the vocals and that he released on the Foo Fighters’ debut album in 1995.

After the album’s release, Dave Grohl went on tour. To help him, he recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, each former members of Sunny Day Real Estate. He also invited Pat Smear, the guitarist who was on Nirvana’s final tour, to join the new band.

Unfortunately, this line-up didn’t last; in 1996, Goldsmith left the Foo Fighters while the band was recording The Colour and the Shape album, and while Grohl replaced him quickly with Taylor Hawkins, Smear left shortly after the album’s release. Although Franz Stahl replaced Smear, he left the band in 1999 after the release of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. Since Stahl’s replacement by Chris Shiflett, the band’s line-up has remained the same.

Once the line-up stabilized, the Foo Fighters began growing in popularity. The band’s sound reflects the heavy, loud-quiet-loud template that was popularized by Nirvana and the Pixies and turns out to be just the right mix of creative and commercial to appeal to today’s audiences.

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