Foo Fighters announce new touring drummer Josh Freese

Freese will be joining the band on their upcoming tour starting 24 May.

Foo Fighters' new drummer Josh Freese

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Foo Fighters have announced Josh Freese as the band’s new touring drummer during a live streaming event on Sunday.

The 50-year-old will be taking the place of longtime Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who passed away unexpectedly on 25 March, 2022. A prolific session drummer, Freese has played with Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses, Vandals, Devo, A Perfect Circle, Weezer and many more in a career spanning nearly four decades.

He also participated in Foo Fighters’ tribute concerts to Hawkins last fall, joining the band on drums for their Grammy-winning track All My Life.

During Sunday’s event, titled “Preparing Music for Concerts”, Foo Fighters teased several potential replacements in a short skit featuring cameos from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, and Danny Carey of Tool. The camera then turned to Freese, who sat behind his drum kit, saying “Excuse me, guys, could we just like, I don’t know, play a song or two? Something?”

Elsewhere during the livestream, the band also premiered three songs (Rescued, Under You and Nothing at All) from their upcoming album, But Here We Are, due for release on 2 June. Fans were also treated to performances of hits like Monkey Wrench, All My Life, and The Sky Is a Neighborhood, as well as a couple of jams honouring Black Sabbath and Huey Lewis and the News.

Those who missed the stream can watch it on demand through 24 May on the Veeps site or app.

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters’ tour will begin next week (24 May) in New Hampshire. Check out the full list of dates at foofighters.com.

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