Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana, created the Foo Fighters in 1995 after the death of Kurt Cobain. He named the band after the World War II term "foo fighter," which was used to refer to mysterious aerial phenomena. The other three founding members of the Foo Fighters were Nate Mendel on bass, William Goldsmith on drums, and Pat Smear on second guitar. The group's first major tour was in the spring of 1995, when they opened for Mike Watt. The band's first single, "This is a Call," was released in June of that year. The Foo Fighters have their origins in Seattle, WA.