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The Year in Rock 2021: Foo Fighters keep on fighting foo

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As the saying goes, nothing is certain except for death and taxes. That, and perhaps that Foo Fighters will continue to fight foo.

After many scheduled plans for their 25th anniversary in 2020 were scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 turned into something of a career achievement year for Dave Grohl and company. The “Everlong” rockers started out the year by releasing their milestone 10th studio album, Medicine at Midnight, which spawned singles in “Shame Shame,” “Waiting on a War” and “Making a Fire.”

In June, Foo Fighters headlined New York City’s Madison Square Garden, marking the famed arena’s first full-capacity rock concert since the pandemic began in March 2020. To make up for 2020’s canceled dates, the Foos embarked on a 26th anniversary tour, which included their first-ever shows in Alaska.

In the fall, Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Beatles icon Paul McCartney did the inducting honors, and performed with the Foos during the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Grohl celebrated another big anniversary in 2021: Nirvana‘s Nevermind turned 30, which the grunge icons marked with an expanded reissue of the RIAA Diamond-certified record. Headlines, however, turned to the Nevermind cover when Spencer Elden, who was photographed as a baby for the album’s artwork, sued Nirvana, claiming that the photo of him naked in a pool swimming toward a dollar bill constituted child pornography.

Several other legendary rock albums turned 30 in 2021, including Metallica‘s The Black Album, Pearl Jam‘s Ten, Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I & II, and Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik.

Metallica celebrated the milestone with The Metallica Blacklist, a star-studded tribute album featuring 53 artists covering every song off The Black Album.

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