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FREESE IS A FOO
May 21, 2023 by Traci Turner
Yesterday Foo Fighters held a free livestream performance that also included the reveal of their new drummer, the incredibly talented Josh Freese.
Freese has been one of the names at the top of the “probable” lists due to his appearance at the Taylor Hawkins memorial shows and his recent departure Danny Elfman’s band and touring duties for The Offspring.
Freese is perhaps the most recorded drummer around with appearances on more than 300 recordings and touring duties with acts like Guns N’ Roses, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, Puddle of Mudd, Weezer, Paramore, The Replacements, Sting, DEVO, Sublime with Rome and of course, The Vandals.
The announcement ends months of speculation of the band’s future since losing their drummer of 25 years when Taylor Hawkins passed away in March of 2022 at the age of 50. In addition to Freese, The Darkness’ Rufus Taylor was a popular frontrunner while Hawkins’ teenage son Shane, and viral sensation Nandi Bushell were fan favorites, even if not feasible choices.
The band will also release a new album, “But Here We Are,” on June 2nd. Before the livestream, they had released two songs from the forthcoming album – “Rescued” and “Under You.” The all-white design of the album also includes a dedication to Hawkins and Dave Grohl’s beloved mother Virginia, who also passed away in 2022
Foo Fighters begin a series of tour dates this week with a show in New Hampshire before stops at Riot Fest, Boston Calling, Bonnaroo, Louder Than Life, ACL, and Ohana, along with their own headlining dates.
The band’s pre-tour livestream, “Foo Fighters: Preparing Music for Concerts” is still available for free on veeps.com. In addition to the Freese reveal, the event included a comedic intro with cameos from Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tommy Lee of Motley Cure, and Danny Carey of Tool that is indeed worth a watch.
SID 230522 | JIMMY ALVAREZ, EDITOR