Renowned American rock band, Foo Fighters, have declared Josh Freese as their new drummer, succeeding the beloved Taylor Hawkins who tragically passed away last year. The announcement was made during their livestream, Foo Fighters: Preparing Music For Concerts, from their 606 studios in Northridge, California.
Josh Freese, known for his prolific career as a session drummer, has collaborated with numerous rock legends, including the Offspring, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, the Replacements, Sting, Weezer, A Perfect Circle, and more. He is also a constant member of the Vandals since 1989.
With Dave Grohl excluded, Freese becomes the third drummer to join the Foo Fighters’ lineup. Before Taylor Hawkins took over the drums in 1997, William Goldsmith held the role and performed on the band’s album The Colour and Shape.
The sudden demise of Hawkins during a tour in Bogotá, Colombia last year led to the band cancelling their remaining shows. However, they returned to the stage for two star-studded tribute concerts in honor of Hawkins at the end of 2022.
This announcement precedes the Foo Fighters’ return to the road after Hawkins’ untimely death. The band is set to kickstart their summer tour in three days, with Freese fulfilling their drumming needs. During their upcoming concerts, fans can anticipate the debut of new songs from the band’s forthcoming album, But Here We Are, scheduled to release on June 2nd.
Despite speculation about several potential successors, including Rufus Taylor, Atom Willard, and Jorma Vik, Josh Freese consistently remained a top contender for the position. His memorable performances during both the London and LA tribute concerts for Taylor Hawkins solidified his status as a prime candidate for