Dave Grohl Says Nobody Really Imagined Foo Fighters Having This Massive Commercial Success

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In an interview with Zane Lowe, Foo Fighters founder and lead singer Dave Grohl looked back to the very first years of the band and explained what changed for them after releasing the single titled ‘Everlong‘ from their second album, ‘The Colour and the Shape.’

As you may know, Dave Grohl was initially the drummer of the iconic band Nirvana until their frontman, Kurt Cobain, passed away on April 5, 1994, at the age of 27. Following his bandmate’s death, decided to start his one-man project, Foo Fighters, and recorded several songs in which he sang every vocal and played every instrument.

While working on Foo Fighters’debute album, Dave recruited former Sunny Day Real Estate members, Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith, and his former bandmate from Nirvana, Pat Smear. The drummer of the band, William Goldsmith was later replaced by Taylor Hawkins in 1997. Since then they released 10 studio albums since the beginning of their career and won 12 Grammy Awards.

Recently, Dave Grohl joined an interview with Zane Lowe and looked back to the earlier days of Foo Fighters. During the conversation, Grohl was asked to share his feelings about the band’s single titled ‘Everlong‘ from their second album, ‘The Colour and the Shape,’ which is considered as a signature song for the band.

In his response, Dave stated that the song was only a riff that they were messing around with. Later, he went to a studio owned by his friend Geoff Turner and recorded the demo of his ‘new idea’ just by himself. Grohl added that back then nobody really imagined Foo Fighters having this massive commercial success and be a world-renowned band like Aerosmith.

Here is what Dave Grohl stated about the unexpected fame of Foo Fighters:

It was just a riff that we were messing around with in between takes of other songs, and then we took a break from recording for Christmas, and then I was in Washington, D.C. and had sort of worked the whole thing out.

And there was a friend of mine, Geoff Turner, who’s this sort of legendary D.C. punk rock dude who had a studio, and I’m like: ‘Hey, can I book a day to come in and record a new idea?’ So I went in and spent the afternoon and recorded a demo of it, just by myself.

But at that time, nobody really imagined us having this massive commercial success, we were still playing theaters and stuff like that. We didn’t think we were going to be like Aerosmith or something. It was just like, ‘Oh, cool, we got a good song.’

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