The Foo Fighters released their debut album 25 years ago, so to celebrate, here are 8 fun facts about the band you might not know about.


1) The term “Foo Fighters” are what the US Air Force calls UFOs.



2) The band’s tour rider finishes with advice about what to do with the leftover food, which is to be given to a local kitchen or shelter.



3) Dave Grohl likes chewing gum during his shows to “…keep my throat and mouth lubricated.”



4) The Foo Fighters will impose a $100 fine for “…any misspelling or other stupid typos” on advertising materials.



5) Dave Grohl treats playing the guitar like playing the drums.



6) Their first album started as a solo project for Dave Grohl because he didn’t have a band yet.


12/5/99 New York, NY. The Foo Fighters at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards. From l-r: frontman, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel. Photo by Brenda Chase Online USA, Inc.


7) Grohl’s favourite song off of The Foo Fighters Debut album is “Exhausted”.



8) Dave Grohl LOVES aliens, which has influenced the band in subtle ways: The name ‘Foo Fighters’ itself, the album cover of their debut album is an alien looking ray gun, and Grohl has even named their record label ROSWELL RECORDS. 



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