The Foo Fighters have grown to become one of America’s most beloved rock bands. Even if you’re not that crazy about their music, there’s no denying that Dave Grohl is one of best, if not the best, frontman in the business, captivating crowds and giving 100 percent at every show. Hell, Grohl won’t even let serious injuries get in the way of a performance, as evidenced by a 2015 concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, during which he took a catastrophic tumble off the stage and then went on to finish the performance on a freshly broken leg.
So, as tribute to this amazing band and their legendary frontman, we want to share with you 12 Foo Fighters facts that few people are very knowledgeable of.
12. They Use a UFO Naming Convention
The name Foo Fighters refers to a term coined by allied forces during World War II that was used to describe unidentified flying objects. Dave Grohl, who recorded the first Foo Fighters album himself, hoped the name would give him a little anonymity, but obviously that didn’t really work out.
In an interview, Grohl said, “Around the time that I recorded the first FF tape (that became the first record), I was reading a lot of books on UFOs. Not only is it a fascinating subject, but there’s a treasure trove of band names in those UFO books! So, since I had recorded the first record by myself, playing all the instruments, but I wanted people to think that it was a group, I figured that Foo Fighters might lead people to believe that it was more than just one guy. Silly, huh?”
Through no coincidence, the group’s record company, Roswell, also relates to UFOs as it refers to the New Mexico town where a flying saucer supposedly crashed in 1947.