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Introducing Josh Freese: Meet the Foo Fighters’ New Drummer

Suspicions were confirmed for Foo Fighters fans, as the iconic American rock band recently welcomed a new drummer into their ranks, Josh Freese. While Taylor Hawkins’ departure left fans curious about the band’s choice for his replacement, those familiar with the music scene over the past three decades will recognize Freese as a highly sought-after drummer. With an impressive portfolio of studio and live performances, Freese has made his mark alongside renowned musicians and bands. In this article, we delve into the illustrious career of Josh Freese, tracing his path from joining the Vandals in 1989 to his current role with the Foo Fighters.

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Early Beginnings and Rise to Prominence:

Josh Freese’s musical journey began when he joined the punk band the Vandals in 1989. Although this venture served as his entry point into the industry, it was his collaborative work with various artists that catapulted him into the limelight. Throughout the 1990s, Freese honed his skills and built a reputation as one of the most sought-after drummers in the business.

Portrait of American musician Josh Freese as he poses at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2001. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Unforgettable Collaborations:

In 1997, Josh Freese joined the iconic Guns N’ Roses, contributing his drumming prowess to their highly anticipated album, “Chinese Democracy.” Although his parts were ultimately replaced by Axl Rose, it marked a significant milestone in Freese’s career. Following his tenure with Guns N’ Roses, he became a core member of the renowned band A Perfect Circle until 2012, adding his unique style and precision to their sound.

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American session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer Josh Freese, with American alternative rock band A Perfect Circle. Posing for a portrait circa March, 1999 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Bob Berg/Getty Images)
American session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer Josh Freese, with American alternative rock band A Perfect Circle. Posing for a portrait circa March, 1999 in North Hollywood, California.

Studio Virtuoso and Touring Extraordinaire:

During periods when A Perfect Circle was on hiatus, Freese established himself as one of the most accomplished session drummers in the industry. His unparalleled talent can be heard on numerous chart-topping hits, including Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life,” Good Charlotte’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” and Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet.” Collaborating with a diverse range of artists, such as Kelly Clarkson, Sting, Avril Lavigne, Nine Inch Nails, Devo, and Bruce Springsteen, solidified Freese’s reputation as a true studio virtuoso.

Josh Freese of Devo performs in concert at the Greek Theater on October 31, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Josh Freese performs with Devo, in concert at the Greek Theater on October 31, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

A Connection with the Foo Fighters:

Josh Freese’s association with the Foo Fighters didn’t come out of thin air. Having been friends with Taylor Hawkins and acquainted with Dave Grohl for years, Freese’s familiarity with the band’s dynamic made his transition seamless. Last year, he paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins by performing at the tribute shows in LA and London. This week, fans witnessed his live debut as the Foo Fighters’ drummer, and anticipation builds for their upcoming album, “But Here We Are,” scheduled to release on June 2.

For the incredible story behind the Foo Fighters, hear Behind the Hits – Remembering Taylor Hawkins

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