Guitarist Franz Stahl has officially left the Foo Fighters.
The band, which is working on its third album, described the parting as
"amicable but necessary," according to a press release. Stahl, who earlier
played with Foo Fighters leader and former Nirvana drummer
Dave Grohl in the Washington, D.C., hardcore band Scream,
replaced Pat Smear in September 1997. Stahl's replacement has not
been announced. His departure and the band's recording schedule led the
band to cancel its appearance at Woodstock '99. The new album is due in