Two nights ago, the Oxford rock band played their first show in 2020, with Freeman. The concert was part of the BRITs Week 2020 at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – in support of War Child, a charitable organisation that raises money for children affected by war and conflict.
Freeman replaced former bass player Jeremy Pritchard, also of the English indie rock band Everything Everything. Pritchard filled in as Foals’ touring bassist after former bass player Walter Gervers quit Foals in 2018 after 12 years with the band.
Drummer Jack Bevan explained that the band’s friendship with Jagwar Ma and Foals’ prior experiences touring with them allowed Freeman to ease into the band.
“Jagwar Ma are a band we’ve toured with for years, we’ve worked with Jono [Jagwar Ma, guitarist] and he’s done some production stuff for us, and Jack is just a great guy. He just slotted in really nicely,” Bevan told NME during the BRIT Awards 2020.
Foals bagged the Best Live Act during the NME Awards 2020, which took place last week (12 February) at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.
Two weeks ago, the band released a music video for their closing track titled Neptune off of their 2019 release Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2. They are about to embark on a world tour starting on 29 February at Garden Beats Festival in Singapore, and ending on 3 September at the Palladium in Riga, Latvia.
More information at foals.co.uk.