Foo Fighters is an American rock band, founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. The band may be a little more under the radar than they once were, but they are still going strong. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of top 10 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about Foo Fighters.
Number One: Foo Fighters Wasting Light Was Inspired by Abba and the Bee Gees
Though Dave Grohl has been very public about his distaste for pop music. The band’s ’11 album, Wasting Light, was actually inspired by Abba and Bee Gees.
Number Two: Dave Grohl Has Used His Grammy as a Doorstop
In a radio interview, he admitted, “For the longest time I used a Grammy to hold my bedroom door open because it would never stay open. And now I have them on a shelf.” Well, at least they are on a shelf now.
Number Three: The Band Fines Venues
Foo Fighters fine venues if they misspell anything. The promoter is fined $100 every time there are misspellings at the venues where they are set to play.
Number Four: David Letterman Loves Foo Fighters
The band played on Letterman’s very last show. And the host has said that they are his favorite band, and “Everlong” is his favorite song.
Number Five: Taylor Hawkins Was in a Group With Alanis Morissette
During Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill era, Hawkins was her drummer. Both Flea and Dave Navarro were part of her posse at the time as well.
Number Six: One of The Band’s Songs Cannot Physically Be Performed
The song Monkey Wrench is so complex and difficult that frontman Dave Grohl cannot physically perform it at live shows. It took him 5 hours to get a usable take when recording the song in the studio.
Number Seven: Dave Grohl Has His Own Road
In ’09, the band’s leader was given the key to his hometown city of Warren, Ohio. There is now a street named after him, which is called Dave Grohl Alley.
Number Eight: They Have an Interesting Connection to Prince
The band covered Prince’s Darling Nikki in ’03, and Prince was not very happy about it. Four years later, Prince covered their hit Best of You during his Super Bowl halftime performance.
Number Nine: Grohl Only Wrote One Song About Nirvana
Explicitly, anyway. The only song that has anything to do with Kurt Cobain or Nirvana is Friend of a Friend, which is a song that Dave wrote when he was still in Nirvana.
Number Ten: Dave Grohl Doesn’t Like to Cash in on His Stardom
Tyler Hawkins recounted a story to Rolling Stone about how he once gave a hotel employee tickets and passes to a Foo Fighters show in exchange for a room upgrade. Upon seeing his new suite, Dave Grohl berated Hawkins for using his fame that way.
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