For many music fans of all ages, the Foo Fighters are one of the great rock bands of all time. The band was formed in 1994 by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and quickly rose to prominence thanks to their hard-rocking tunes and dedication to the rock and roll lifestyle. Over the years, the Foo Fighters have remained popular with fans and in late March, the sudden death of the band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins, took everyone by surprise. In the wake of Hawkins’ untimely death, fans remember the early days of Foo Fighters, recalling the circumstances of the band’s naming.
How did Dave Grohl come up with the Foo Fighters name?
After Nirvana disbanded, following the death of Kurt Cobain, Grohl started his own music business – a band he dubbed Foo Fighters. In a 2010 interview with Clash, Grohl revealed what inspired the band’s name, admitting he was drawn to the term Allied WWII fighters had for UFOs – “foo fighters”.
As the rocker noted, “Around the time I recorded the first FF tape (which became the first record), I was reading a lot of UFO books. Not only is it a fascinating subject, but there’s a treasure trove of group names in those UFO books!”
He went on to explain, “So since I had recorded the first record by myself, playing all the instruments, but I wanted people to think it was a band, I thought FOO FIGHTERS (WW2 term for UFOs) might lead people to believe it was more than just one guy. Stupid, huh? »
What did Taylor Hawkins say about the name Foo Fighters being “really cool”?
Grohl might have thought the band’s name was silly, but Hawkins, the drummer he enlisted to play in the newly formed Foo Fighters, didn’t. In a 2011 interview with Conan O’Brien, Grohl and Hawkins explained the origins of the name. Grohl admitted that if he had known the band would have such stamina, he would have chosen a different name.
Hawkins, however, noted that he had a different reaction when he first heard the band’s name. “See, I thought that was really cool,” he said. “So I must be really a… let’s ***.” Grohl and Hawkins went on to discuss some of their favorite “cool band names” including Rush, Queen, the Ramones, Styx – hardcore Foo Fighters fans would probably agree that their band name definitely belongs on this list.
Will the Foo Fighters continue to tour after the tragic death of Taylor Hawkins?
On March 25, 2022, news broke that Hawkins had passed away, shortly before the band was scheduled to play a gig in Colombia. At just 50 years old, Hawkins’ sudden passing shocked the music community and sent the remaining members of the Foo Fighters into a tailspin.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. Her musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever,” the band said in a statement, according to CNN.
In light of Hawkins’ death, the Foo Fighters have canceled all remaining tour dates for their extensive world tour and also scrapped their scheduled Grammy performance, according to Fox News. It’s impossible to predict what awaits the Foo Fighters, but it seems likely that over the next few months the iconic band will mourn the loss of the man who meant so much to them, both as a musician and as a friend.
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