Foo Fighters Biography, Members, Songs, Name Meaning and Net Worth

by : Ross on : 01 Mar 2018 11:46

Foo Fighters are an alternative American rock band, founded by ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. They tour extensively around the world and have released nine studio albums.

Who are Foo Fighters, how old is each member, when are their birthdays, how tall are they and what are their backgrounds?


Foo Fighters are a rock band from Seattle led by ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. After the suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Grohl recorded an album of his own songs, playing all the instruments himself. As he didn’t want people to think it was a solo project he called himself Foo Fighters. In time, he asked other musicians to join his band.

The line-up of Foo Fighters has changed over the years and the current members are Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee. Lead singer Dave Grohl is 50 years old, he was born on January 14, 1969. He is 1.83 metres tall.

Guitarist Pat Smear’s real name is Georg Albert Ruthenberg. He was born on August 5, 1959 and is 60 years old. Before being asked to join Foo Fighters Pat toured with Nirvana playing rhythm guitar. He is 1.8 metres tall.



Nate Mendel is 50 years old and was born on December 2, 1968. He is the bass player in the band and was previously in a group called Sunny Day Real Estate. He is 1.73 metres tall.

Taylor Hawkins was born on February 17, 1972 and is 47 years old. Before joining the Foo Fighters as a drummer, he was Alanis Morissette’s tour drummer. He is 1.75 metres tall.

Chris Shiflett is the lead guitarist in the band. He was born on May 6, 1971 and is 48 years old. Shiflett was previously in punk band No Use For A Name. Shiflett is 1.7 metres tall.

Keyboard player Rami Jaffee is the most recent addition to the band. He officially joined Foo Fighters in 2017, but had been touring with them since 2005. Born on March 11, 1969, he is 50 years old and 1.82 metres tall. He previously played keyboards for the Wallflowers.


Why are Foo Fighters famous and what do they do?

Foo Fighters are a hugely popular American rock band, with fans from across the globe, and have had two number 1 albums in the US.

What are Foo Fighters’ net worth?


As the line-up of the band has changed over time, it is difficult to calculate a net worth for the whole band. Metalinjection.net claim that Dave Grohl is the third richest drummer in history with wealth of $225million, after Ringo Starr from the Beatles at $300million and Phil Collins at $250million.

How much do Foo Fighters earn?

In 2016, Forbes magazine reported that Foo Fighters earned $48.5million.


What is a Foo Fighter, who is the drummer for Foo Fighters, who is the lead singer, what does Foo Fighters mean, where did they get their name?

Foo Fighter is the name allied fighter pilots in the second world war gave to unidentified things they saw in the sky. Grohl says that at the time he was recording the first album he was reading a lot of books about UFOs, and that had he expected the band to be a success he would have put more consideration into the name he chose. The band is composed of Dave Grohl, lead singer, Pat Smear, rhythm guitar, Nate Mendel bass player, Taylor Hawkins drummer, Chris Shiflett lead guitarist and Rami Jaffee keyboards.

What is These Days and Best of You about and who are the songs about?

In August 2012 they performed their single These Days at Pukkelpop, a Belgian music festival, in memory of the people who died and were injured at the festival the year before as the result of a freak weather event.

Best of You, released in 2005, was inspired by Grohl’s participation in rallies for democratic candidate John Kerry’s campaign to be US president in 2004.

Grohl said Kerry inspired him to write about refusing to be taken advantage of by something that’s bigger than you, or by someone you’re in love with.

Have Foo Fighters broken up?

Foo Fighters have not broken up and are currently touring.

What number one songs and albums has Foo Fighters released, when were they released?

The band have released nine studio albums: Foo Fighters in 1995, The Colour and the Shape in 1997, There Is Nothing Left to Lose in 1999, One by One in 2002, In Your Honor in 2005, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace in 2007, Wasting Light in 2011, Sonic Highways in 2014 and, most recently, Concrete and Gold in 2017.

Wasting Light and Concrete and Gold were both number one albums in many countries, including the US and the UK. They have also had number one singles in the US rock music and alternative rock charts, most notably with Best of You in 2005, The Pretender in 2007, along with the songs Rope and Walk in 2011.

What awards have Foo Fighters won?

Over their career, Foo Fighters have won 11 Grammys, 4 Brit Awards and 5 NME awards.

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