The legendary session drummer Josh Freese is stepping up to the plate and taking his place behind the Foo Fighters kit.
After months of speculation, Foo Fighters have finally revealed their new drummer.
Contrary to the rumours of Matt Cameron from Pearl Jam or even Dave Grohl himself taking the position, the legendary session drummer Josh Freese will be stepping into the role.
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Josh Freese boasts an impressive resume, having played extensively with bands like The Vandals and Devo, as well as making appearances with renowned acts such as Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Sting, A Perfect Circle, and Paramore.
Last year, he joined Foo Fighters on stage for tribute concerts held for the late Taylor Hawkins.
During a recent live stream, Freese confirmed that Dave Grohl played drums on the band’s upcoming album, with “But Here We Are,” marking Grohl’s first drumming credit on a Foo Fighters album since 2005.
Foo Fighters shared a humorous video during the live stream, featuring Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Danny Carey of Tool, and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, all vying for the opportunity to join the band. However, the camera revealed that Freese had been playing all along, leading the band into energetic performances of their hits.
The live stream also fulfilled the band’s promise of debuting new material, including the live premiere of songs like “Rescued” and “Under You.” The highly anticipated album, “But Here We Are,” is set to be releases on June 2nd.
On New Year’s Eve, Foo Fighters announced that while they would continue the band, things were going to be different moving forward.
Their full statement read:
“As we say goodbye to the most difficult and tragic year that our band has ever known, we are reminded of how thankful we are for the people that we love and cherish most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us.
“Foo Fighters were formed 27 years ago to represent the healing power of music and a continuation of life. And for the past 27 years, our fans have built a worldwide community, a devoted support system that has helped us all get through the darkest of times together. A place to share our joy and our pain, our hopes and fears, and to join in a chorus of life together through music. Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were – and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward.
“We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you. And we know that when we see you again – and we will soon – he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night.”
Check out the Foo Fighters’ aforementioned live-stream jam here.