In the 22 years since the 1995 release of Foo Fighters' self-titled debut album, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear have grown into the last great American arena/stadium rock band, won 11 Grammy Awards, sold 25 million records and spawned anthems like “Everlong," "Monkey Wrench," "My Hero," "Learn To Fly," "All My Life,” “Times Like These," "Best Of You," "The Pretender," “Walk,” “These Days,” “Something From Nothing" and more.
Foo Fighters' journey began humbly with a 1994 demo recorded by Dave that mutated into the band’s eponymous 1995 debut. 1997’s double-platinum sophomore effort The Colour and the Shape was the first to feature Smear on guitar and Mendel on bass (with Hawkins signing on for the subsequent tour). 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose won the band its first Best Rock Album Grammy and saw “Learn To Fly” also take the Grammy for Best Short Form Video. One By One, the fourth FF record and first to feature Shiflett, was released in 2002 and earned the band their second Grammy for Best Rock Album. The epic double LP Your Honor, released in the FF 10th anniversary year of 2005, was supported by a tour that mirrored the album’s bipolar nature with a full global arena assault followed by an intimate 2006 acoustic tour. 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace won the Foos their third Best Rock Album Grammy, its lead single "The Pretender” taking the Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy.
In 2011 the band and Butch Vig crowded into Grohl’s garage to churn out Wasting Light. Wasting Light gave Foo Fighters their first U.S. #1 album, topped the charts in a dozen countries, and went on to win four Grammy awards including their fourth Best Rock Album victory. Released in 2014, Foo Fighters’ eighth and most recent full length, Sonic Highways, shares its title with the double-Emmy-winning Dave Grohl-directed HBO docuseries described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music. In 2015, the band’s 20th anniversary world tour sold out stadiums and arenas the world over nearly instantly—and was nearly cut short when Grohl fell from a stadium stage in Gothenburg, Sweden, suffering a severely fractured leg. Grohl not only returned to that stage to complete that evening’s performance, he would lead the Foos through the remainder of the tour atop a custom-built throne. The newly christened Broken Leg Tour continued well into November, and included a first ever show in Cesena, Italy — the result of a viral video petition launched by 1000 fans playing "Learn To Fly" in unison. Following the conclusion of the tour, the band released the free Saint Cecelia EP as a thank you to its fans, recorded at the Austin TX hotel, named for the patron saint of music, and accompanied by a heartfelt missive from Grohl promising that he and the band would "return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.”