The Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tonight, earning accolades in their first year of eligibility.
“The best thing about being here tonight is being surrounded by our family,” said frontman Dave Grohl, accepting the group award. “When I say that, if anyone knows how the Foo Fighters work, the people we work with, we’ve been sticking with them for the past 15, 20, 25 years… and I think that’s important. So has a whole extended family here that I have to thank these people, because we wouldn’t be here tonight without each of these Foo Fighters and we did.
Prior to their speeches, the group performed a set including “Best of You”, “My Hero” and “Everlong”. After the speeches, a brief jam featured Foo Fighters and McCartney covering “Get Back” by The Beatles.
Founded in 1994, following the death of Kurt Cobain and the ensuing breakup of Nirvana, Foo Fighters saw Grohl embrace a leading role for the first time in his career. On Foo’s self-titled debut album, he wrote all the songs, sang all the notes, and played all the instruments, except for a single appearance by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs. Grohl hadn’t planned on launching a prolific second act to his career; his initial release from Foo Fighters was more about healing after losing a friend than trying to score a shot. But the songs resonated, radio and MTV followed and suddenly Grohl was on to something.
Soon, Foo Fighters would be a full-fledged group. Guitarist Pat Smear and bassist Nate Mendel would join in 1995. Taylor Hawkins joined in 1997, replacing original drummer William Goldsmith. The arrival of Chris Shiflett in 1999 cemented the core of the group, while keyboardist Rami Jaffee upped the sound of the Foos even further when he joined the group in 2017.
In total, Foo Fighters has released 10 studio LPs, won 12 Grammy Awards, and sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
With tonight’s event, Grohl, who joined the hall when Nirvana was inducted in 2014, is now one of 26 musicians to be dedicated for the second time. Fellow 2021 inductees Carole King and Tina Turner are also on that list. Stevie Nicks, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Neil Young and the Four Beatles are some of the other notable artists to be inducted twice. Eric Clapton remains the only musician to have been inducted three times.
The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs November 20 on HBO alongside a simulcast on SiriusXM rock & To roll room of radio fame.
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