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- You know they all.... Pretend
- Me, Myself, and I
- David Eric Grohl was born on January 14, 1969, in Warren, Ohio. Dave was the drummer of Nirvana from 1990 until the band dissolved in 1994 after frontman Kurt Cobain's death. Dave formed the Foo Fighters in 1995.
Nathan Gregor Mendel was born on December 2, 1968. He was a member of Sunny Day Real Estate before joining the Foo Fighters in 1995 after Sunny Day Real Estate had disbanded.. Nate has one son, Noah with his wife.
Taylor Hawkins (born Oliver Taylor Hawkins) was born on February 17, 1972.He has been the drummer for the Foo Fighters since 1997. Taylor was the Alanis Morissette's band before joining Foo's. Hawkins often plays guitar and sings lead for a song or two at Foo Fighters concerts while Dave Grohl takes over on drums.
Christopher Aubrey Shiflett (born May 6, 1971) is a guitarist for the Foo Fighters, joining the band after the release of their third album, There is Nothing Left to Lose.The first album he played on was One By One.
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Dave Grohl (guitar/vocal)
Nate Mendel (bass)
Taylor Hawkins (drums)
Chris Shiflett (guitar)
"Mine is yours and yours is mine
There is no divide
In Your Honor I would die tonight"
Foo Fighters fifth and definitive album opens with a statement of purpose universal in its passion. Dave Grohl could be singing to his wife, bandmates Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett, or to any and every fan listening to the song. In truth, the song and the double album -- one heavy as fuck, the other subtly laid back -- are dedicated to all of the above: the friends, family and fans that have made the decade-long Foo Fighters odyssey possible.
"We've been a band for 10 years now," says Grohl, channeling the band's quandary at the outset of the In Your Honor sessions. "So what do we do? Do we make another album? Rush into making another record? So I came up with this idea. I thought since I'd just been all around the world for a year and a half screaming my ass off, I'd make a solo acoustic record but disguise it as movie score. We've always had acoustic songs. Most of our rock songs were written on acoustic guitar, songs like 'Times Like These,' 'Everlong' I had this little studio up at my house and started recording all this music, some of it songs, some of it like a score, it was really beautiful, really coming out well then I listened to it and I was like 'Wait a second: It sounds like the Foo Fighters. It sounds like the band.'
"Everyone in the band has so much to offer," Grohl says. "But we'd sort of remained in this one 'thing' for so long that I felt it was time to break out, to branch out, that maybe we should make the acoustic record_ but then I started thinking about how I didn't want to show up to the Reading Festival with a harpsichord, or whatever. This band just has to make some rock music so I thought, OK, why don't we do this? Why don't we make a DOUBLE album?"
And so it was that the In Your Honor double disc opus was conceived. The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz would take the Foo Fighters' unique and precarious balance of balls-out aggression and lady-killing melodic tenderness and split the difference. The chemistry that had made it possible for "All My Life," "Everlong" and "Times Like These" to impact listeners equally in their acoustic and electric incarnations would be divided and pushed to separate extremes of hard and soft, distilled into their purest forms.
"By splitting the difference," Grohl continues, "You eliminate the middle ground. We can make the acoustic record far more delicate and beautiful and atmospheric than anything we've ever done and we can make the rock record far more brutal and aggressive and powerful than anything from our past.' In order to make it work, I really thought "take out that middle ground, make these two records, put them together and you've accomplished something." I've always sort of believed we were capable of doing both - just not as well as this has turned out."
Indeed, Foo Fighters being at the peak of their creative powers 10 years in - let alone still together at all--often seemed a sketchy possibility. From a genesis in the form of a 1995 self-titled platinum debut originally recorded as a demo tape by Grohl (who played all instruments, save for a lone guitar track contributed by erstwhile Afghan Whig/Twilight Singer Greg Dulli), the Foo Fighters' career has been largely, as bassist Nate Mendel puts it, "accidental."
Accidental or worse: The shattered relationships that inspired, permeated and continued through the recording of and touring behind 1997's The Colour and the Shape would surely have left a lesser band in tatters. Foo Fighters, however, persevered first through the mid-session departure of drummer William Goldsmith, who would be replaced by Taylor Hawkins months before Pat Smear would depart -- all of this as The Colour and the Shape yielded one FF classic after another: "Monkey Wrench," "Everlong," "My Hero," "
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