Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts Pat Smear interview. He joined Nirvana in 1993 to help Kurt Cobain concentrate more on his vocals at live shows, and take away some of the … Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee. After Nirvana disbanded following the death of its frontman … This interview by NFC with Pat Smear was done in Sep. 2002. After The Germs ended, Pat worked with a number of bands and artists such as Nina Hagen. But a phone call changed everything for the Los Angeles punk, largely off-radar since the dissolution of his first band, the Germs, in 1980.

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He is best known as a guitarist in the rock band Foo Fighters, with whom he has recorded four studio albums.

Smear was a founding member of punk band the Germs, and was the touring guitarist for grunge band Nirvana from 1993 to 1994. Georg Albert Ruthenberg, better known by the stage name Pat Smear, is an American musician and actor. Pat Smear later joined Dave Grohl to form Foo Fighters in late 1994, and left in fall 1997, rejoining as a full time member in 2010 to record Wasting Light. Pat started his career in The Germs, the legendary L.A. punk band founded by him and Darby Crash in '77. Pat Smear was a comparative unknown in the early ‘90s, at least to grunge-loving teens tuned into the sounds emitting from the Pacific Northwest.