Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett


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    Christopher Aubrey Shiflett is an American musician. He is most recognizable as lead guitarist for the American rock band Foo Fighters. He was previously a member of the punk rock bands No Use for a Name and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

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    Christopher Aubrey Shiflett (born May 6, 1971) is an American musician. He is most recognizable as lead guitarist for the American rock band Foo Fighters. He was previously a member of the punk rock bands No Use for a Name (1995–1999) and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (1995–2019). He joined the Foo Fighters in 1999 following the release of their third album There Is Nothing Left to Lose, and performed with the Foo Fighters and the Gimmes, as well as several other side projects, simultaneously. He also hosts a podcast titled Walking the Floor and has released two solo albums, the most recent in 2019.

    He is the younger brother of musician, Scott Shiflett, who has been the bassist in the punk rock band Face to Face since 1995.

    Early life

    Shiflett was born in Santa Barbara, California. When Shiflett was 11, he started learning how to play the guitar. A promising young soccer player, Shiflett played with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) from 1982—1984 under legendary coach Noemi Vazquez. Pressed to make a choice on his career, Shiflett joined his first band by the time he reached the age of 14. Shiflett is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.


    Shiflett began his music career in another band called Lost Kittenz with current members of Sugarcult. He later moved on to be the resident lead guitarist for the San Francisco Bay Area punk rock band No Use for a Name. When a friend announced that Guns N' Roses were auditioning for a guitarist, Shiflett asked his friend to instead get him an audition for the Foo Fighters, who after recording There Is Nothing Left to Lose as a trio held open auditions to hire another guitarist. Seeing an opportunity that he knew he could not pass up, he quickly parted ways with No Use for a Name to audition. His departure was abrupt, as his former band were just about to head out on tour in support of their album More Betterness!. He was replaced by Dave Nassie, who had previously contributed to Suicidal Tendencies' lead singer "Cyco" Mike Muir's solo projects.

    Dave Grohl said part of his motivation to hire Shiflett was that he had a history in the underground punk scene, including opening for Grohl's former band Scream as bassist of the group Rat Pack. After being hired, Shiflett played on the tour for There Is Nothing Left to Lose, and all subsequent studio albums starting with One by One. Shiflett has noted several times that one of his favorite songs that he plays with the Foo Fighters is "All My Life" from their fourth studio album One by One. He has said that he was afraid of being fired even before he started to play with the band, as previous guitarist Pat Smear had asked to return. Smear eventually did rejoin the band as a touring rhythm guitarist in 2005, and finally as a full-fledged fifth member in 2010.

    Side projects and cover bands

    In addition to his full time duties with the Foo Fighters, Shiflett also plays in his own side-project, Jackson United, as well as Viva Death with his brother, Scott. For numerous projects, Shiflett performed under the name Jake Jackson. He sometimes plays with the cover band Chevy Metal with fellow Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins. They play songs from classic rock bands such as Black Sabbath, Queen, ZZ Top, and Rolling Stones.

    Shiflett has a tattoo on the inside of his bottom lip with the words "Gimme Gimme", ostensibly as a tribute to his efforts with the cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

    In 2009, Shiflett played in a band called The Real McCoy, which was founded by Andy McCoy, the guitarist of the former Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks. The band split up after only three gigs.In 2010 Shiflett created a new country-oriented side project, Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants, releasing a self-titled album in July. In 2011, Shiflett performed at the 2011 Wisconsin protests in Madison. He also performed at the Anti War rally for the A.N.S.W.E.R coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). Shiflett performed at the opening rally at the one and a half mile march from Hollywood and Vine to Hollywood and Highland March 19, 2011.

    In 2013, Shiflett announced he would be releasing a new album from his country project, Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants, called All Hat And No Cattle. The album of honky-tonk covers and original tracks came out on July 30, 2013 via SideOneDummy Records.

    April 2017 saw Shiflett release his first solo album West Coast Town, a collection of original honky tonk tracks, accompanied by a short USA tour to promote the release.A second solo album Hard Lessons was released on June 14, 2019. As with the first album Hard Lessons was produced by Dave Cobb.Since October 2013, Shiflett has hosted the weekly podcast Walking The Floor with Chris Shiflett. As of August 2020, there have been over 170 episodes of Walking the Floor.


    GuitarsShiflett uses various Gibsons and Gretschs, but over the past few years has been using mostly Fender Telecasters, Fender Telecaster Deluxes, and Fender Telecaster Thinlines. Shiflett also assembled some Telecaster Deluxes and Telecaster Thinlines out of Warmoth guitar parts with his tech. On the headstock of the Warmoth Telecasters, Shiflett's nickname "Shifty" replaces the Fender logo that would appear on a Telecaster created by Fender. He also has a signature Fender Telecaster Deluxe based on the Warmoth Telecasters, that is now his main guitar.

    Gretsch Brian Setzer Black Phoenix

    Gretsch ’59 Nashville reissue

    Gibson ES-135

    Gibson ES-347

    Gibson ES-335

    Gibson SG Custom

    Gibson Les Paul Traditional (Heritage Cherry Sunburst)

    Gibson Les Paul Custom

    Gibson Les Paul Goldtop

    Gibson Les Paul Junior

    Gibson Les Paul Standard

    Gibson Firebird

    Gibson Flying V

    Gibson Explorer

    Fender Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe

    Fender Telecaster

    Fender Blacktop Telecaster

    Fender Telecaster Deluxe

    Duesenberg Fullerton TV

    Martin Acoustic guitar

    EffectsStrymon Timeline

    EHX Micro POG

    BOSS TU-3 Chromatic Tuner / Power Supply

    Dunlop DVP1 Volume pedal

    Whirlwind A/B Selector

    Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler (Wasting Light Tour)

    Boss DS-1 Distortion

    ProCo Rat Pedal

    Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler

    Voodoo Labs Amp Selector

    LIne 6 MM4 Modulation Modeler

    Menatone Red Snapper

    Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Pedal

    Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET

    Vox Input Selector/Jumper Switch

    Heptode Virtuoso Phase Shifter

    AmplifiersHandwired Vox AC30

    Fender Bassman

    Fender Super Reverb

    Friedman BE-100

    Mesa/Boogie Road King


    No Use for a Name

    1997: Making Friends

    1999: More Betterness!

    Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

    1997: Have a Ball

    1998: Are a Drag

    2001: Blow in the Wind

    2001: Turn Japanese

    2003: Take a Break

    2004: Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah

    2006: Love Their Country

    2008: Have Another Ball

    2011: Go Down Under

    2011: Sing in Japanese

    2014: Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!

    Foo Fighters

    2002: One by One

    2005: In Your Honor

    2007: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

    2011: Wasting Light

    2014: Sonic Highways

    2015: Saint Cecilia (EP)

    2017: Concrete and Gold

    2021: Medicine at Midnight

    Jackson United

    2004: Western Ballads

    2008: Harmony and Dissidence

    Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants

    2010: Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants

    2013: All Hat and No Cattle

    Chris Shiflett solo

    2017: West Coast Town

    2019: Hard Lessons

    Guest appearance

    1997: Ten Foot Pole – Unleashed (additional guitar on "Denial", "What You Want" and "Pride and Shame")

    1998: Swingin' Utters – Five Lessons Learned (lead guitar on "I Need Feedback" and "United 21")

    2006: Viva Death – One Percent Panic

    2007: Jesse Malin – Glitter In The Gutter (additional guitar on "Prisoners Of Paradise")

    External links

    Official website

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    Chris Shiflett - Guitarist
    Chris Shiflett - Guitarist
    Chris Shiflett - Guitarist
    Chris Shiflett - Guitarist
    Chris Shiflett - Guitarist
    Chris Shiflett - Guitarist
    Chris Shiflett - Guitarist
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