It’s been over a year since the Foo Fighters lost their legendary drummer, Taylor Hawkins. The drummer left the world unexpectedly on March 2022 while the band was on tour in Bogota, Colombia. During the tribute concert for Hawkins, numerous drummers played with the band, including Hawkins’ son, Shane. Just this weekend, Foo Fighters welcomed their new drummer, Josh Freese. Here’s everything you need to know – his musical background, who Josh Freese drums for, and more.
Who is Foo Fighters’ new drummer Josh Freese?
The name Josh Freese isn’t new to the music industry. The American session drummer, Joshua Ryan Freese, popularized as Josh has been in a family of musicians. His younger brother, an American multi-instrumentalist, Jason Freese, also made a name for himself in the industry. Their musical roots came from their father, tuba soloist and Disney Entertainment Productions’ musical director, Stan Freese, and their mother, a classical pianist.
Josh Freese started learning the ways of music at a young age. He started playing drums at eight and began professionally a few years after. When he reached 16, Josh left school and started his musical journey. The drummer began touring and dropping records, first with Dweezil Zappa and later with The Vandals.
In 1998, Josh successfully released his six-song EP, Destroy Earth As Soon As Possible. A one-person band, to better word it, as he wrote, sang, and played guitar, bass, and keyboards. Two years after, Josh Freese released his 12-song album, The Notorious One Man Orgy.
With this packed musical background, you’ll be surprised to know who the 50-year-old drummer played for.
Who did Josh Freese drum for in the music industry?
Before taking the seat and drumming responsibilities for the Foo Fighters, Josh Freese compiled to create a long list of star-studded artists he worked with. Freese actively plays for Devo since 1996 and for The Vandals since 1989. And adding to this list, he’s now the Foo Fighters’ new and official drummer.
That’s not all; he played and joined various tours over his three-decade-long musical career. This includes huge bands like Guns N’ Roses, Offspring, Paramore, Nine Inch Nails, Danny Elfman, Weezer, A Perfect Circle, Sting, and 100 Gecs. Before the announcement, Josh Freese canceled his supposed gig with The Offspring and Danny Elfman.
When did the Foo Fighters announce the new drummer?
On Sunday, May 21, the 1994-formed rock band held a live stream, Foo Fighters: Preparing Music For Concerts. The crew showed their preparation for the upcoming comeback tour and, of course, served a few surprises during the live. With all the drummers tied to Taylor Hawkins’ successor, the Foo Fighters ended all the speculations as they introduced the new studio drummer, Josh Freese. The band played and rehearsed their 11th studio album, “But Here We Are.”
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— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) May 21, 2023
Freese also played at the London Tribute show for Hawkins using the late drummer’s very own kit. Foo Fighters set to hit the road again starting May 24, 2023, in New Hampshire, U.S. The tour dates run until November 2023 across the United States, including a stop in Japan and Abu Dhabi. For more information about their tour dates and tickets, visit the Foo Fighters’ official website.
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