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Artist Spotlight: Foo Fighters

Out of the ashes of the rock behemoth that was Nirvana and the fading embers of the early ‘90s grunge movement came one of the most popular bands in alternative rock: The Foo Fighters. Since 1995, the band has released seven studio albums, sold over 10 million records, and won 10 Grammys.

The brainchild of former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters originally sprouted from a collection of demos Grohl had recorded. The original Foo lineup consisted of a mix of former members of Nirvana and emo pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate, although the Foos quickly became known to be a revolving door of musicians with Grohl staying in place. I’ll leave the rest of the band bio to the documentary, Back and Forth, which is just one of the great new Foo Fighters titles that we have on Qello Concerts.

Whether you’re a devoted fan or a newcomer to all things Foo, you’ll enjoy these three titles from the alt rock legends.

Skin and Bones is the earliest title in our Foo Fighters collection. It was recorded in 2006 following the release of the Foo’s double album, In Your Honor. This a 21 track acoustic set featuring the return of former Germs/Nirvana/Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear to the band. The songs all translate impressively when compared to their hard rocking counterparts. But, as Grohl explains, most Foo Fighters songs start off on acoustic guitars. The final encore includes a reflection by Grohl about his Nirvana days and the birth of the Foo Fighters.

Live at Wembley Stadium is the mother of all Foo Fighters concerts. This show features the Foo Fighters performing in front of a sold out crowd at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium in 2008. The band blasts through 18 hard rocking tracks on a larger than life stage in full rock star fashion. Surprise cameos from rock gods Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones result in fresh versions of the Led Zeppelin classics “Rock and Roll” and “Ramble On.” The hit songs and impressive camera work make this a must-add for all Qello Concerts rockers.

Back and Forth is a Foo film that covers it all, from Grohl’s introduction as the drummer of Nirvana all the way to the 2011 release of the Fighters’ album Wasting Light. This excellent documentary features interviews with all former members of the band, and they are not afraid to express their feelings about Grohl’s perfectionism and the quirks of the other band members. From the highs and all of the lows, no questions are left unanswered in this backstage look at one of the most successful rock bands of the past two decades.