Revisit Foo Fighters making their mark with their TV debut on ‘Letterman’, 1995
When Nirvana ended in the tragic suicide of Kurt Cobain there must have been mourning not only over the loss of their friend but also of their careers. Dave Grohl, however, wasn’t content with slipping back into anonymity. He had something to say.
He chose to say it with his new band the Foo Fighters who allowed Grohl to get out from behind the kit, pick up his guitar and make some noise of his own. Below we’re taking a look back at the Foo Fighters national TV debut on Letterman.
Things could’ve been very different for Grohl after the loss of Kurt Cobain. Like bassist Krist Novoselic he could’ve seen the opportunity to retreat back into a semblance of normal life and find happiness off stage. But Grohl was never one for sitting back, especially not at 26. But before he formed his new band he did have an offer to join another American stalwart, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
At the time Grohl was seriously considering being their drummer, “I was this close to joining,” he told Rolling Stone in 1995. “When they rehearsed they treated me like I was in the band. It was such an honour. But I figured that I was 26 years old and didn’t want to become a drummer for hire.”
Grohl took himself off to his bedroom and started making his own music instead. He created a bunch of early Foo Fighters demos, on which he played all the instruments, and begun to assert himself as a bandleader. Without a band. Though most of the tracks were written while Grohl was in Nirvana, the buzz around his newly circulating tape of demos was gaining traction.
He quickly recruited a touring band. As well as acquiring former Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear, Grohl also picked up the rhythm section from the recently disbanded Sunny Deal Real Estate, Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith, and went about touring like crazy. Cooped up in a van and making their way across the country they were sowing the seeds of stadium-sized success.
It was a tour that the band had planned on replicating on their recent 25 year anniversary tour. But sadly due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that will no longer be possible. So with a bunch of people missing out on seeing their favourite band in a host of small venues, we thought we’d take it back to 1995 and see the band making their TV debut on Letterman singing their debut track ‘This Is a Call’.