Who is Josh Freese? Foo Fighters announce new drummer after Taylor Hawkins’ death
Josh Freese has been confirmed as the Foo Fighter’s new drummer following the death of Taylor Hawkins in March 2022, livestreamed from the band’s studio.
Various Red Herring drummers made cameo appearances on the live stream, including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith saying someone blocked him in the parking lot, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee with a food delivery, and Tool’s Danny Carey who came in with a pair of poodles.
Freese then interrupted the chaos and asked if they could just play a song, after which the band performed eight songs live on video.
The forthcoming tour will mark the first time the band has performed live since the two tribute concerts commemorating Hawkins.
Freese’s first show with the Foo Fighters will be in New Hampshire on May 24, the first night of the Foo Fighters’ world tour, which runs through 2023. Find out more about the drummer and his background here.
Who is Josh Freese?
Born into a musical family, the son of tuba soloist Stan Freese and older brother of musician Jason Freese, Freese has more than 400 records to his credit.
He has previously played with bands such as Guns N’ Roses from 1997 to 2000, Paramore on their 2010 tour, A Perfect Circle from 1999 to 2012, Nine Inch Nails from 2005 to 2008, Weezer from 2009 to 2011 and Sublime with Rome from 2011 to 2017 .
He also toured full-time with Sting in 2016 before first joining the Foo Fighters to perform at Hawkins’ tribute concerts and play the late drummer’s drum kit.
Freese has also written and co-written a number of songs including credits for Queens of the Stone Age, The Vandals, A Perfect Circle, Dwarves, Goon Moon, Devo and Sting.
The Foo Fighters confirmed in January this year that they would continue touring following the death of Hawkins, writing in a statement, “We never would have become the band we were without Taylor.” Without Taylor, we know we do will be a different band in the future.”
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