Foo Fighters Introduce Josh Freese as Their New Drummer
The Foo Fighters launched a brand new drummer, Josh Freese, simply earlier than the discharge of their album subsequent month and their first tour because the loss of life final yr of the rock band’s earlier drummer, Taylor Hawkins, which devastated the group and its followers.
Freese, 50, was featured Sunday in an hourlong streamed rehearsal, “Preparing Music for Concerts,” which featured a mixture of jokes, shock cameos by different drummers and a few poodles.
It began with the group’s lead singer, Dave Grohl, and different members of the band standing round with their devices in a darkened studio, bantering about whether or not any of them ever punched somebody onstage.
Suddenly there’s a knock on the door. There are greetings of “hey!” as Chad Smith, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, enters. He gestures together with his drumsticks. “There’s a white Mercedes blocking me,” he says, after which leaves.
Then Mötley Crüe’s drummer, Tommy Lee, bursts in, carrying baggage of P.F. Chang’s Chinese takeout. Cheers throughout. “Put it in the kitchen for us,” Grohl says.
Danny Carey, from Tool, is the following to return by means of the door, twirling his drumsticks in a single hand and within the different, clutching a leash tethering a pair of enormous poodles that he says he has simply groomed. He then leaves.
This, apparently, was a buildup to the looks of Freese. The poodles are a part of his household, in accordance with his Instagram posts. He has additionally posted about his excitement over P.F. Chang’s.
A annoyed voice all of the sudden calls out from the darkness, from somebody who had seemingly had sufficient of the intrusions: “Excuse me!”
The digital camera swings in his path. It was Freese, seated behind an array of drums. “Guys could we just like, I don’t know, play a song? Or two? Something?”
The successive appearances of 1 high rock drummer adopted by one other had been a approach to tease the massive information after, as Variety reported, the band went to “great lengths” to not reveal the identification of its new drummer.
Freese is a veteran drummer who has carried out with the Offspring, Sting, Weezer, Nine Inch Nails and others.
The Foo Fighters had been devastated after Hawkins died in a resort in northern Bogotá, in Colombia, the place the band had been scheduled to play. A beloved member of the group, Hawkins joined the band for its “There Is Nothing Left to Lose” album, which was launched in 1999, and performed on its subsequent seven albums.
The streamed occasion on Sunday included “Rescued,” the band’s first new track since Hawkins’s loss of life, which seems to replicate their lingering grief.
Last September in London, Hawkins’s teenage son, Shane, carried out “My Hero” with the band in a tribute concert to his father. At that live performance, Freese, on drums, said he wanted to play on Hawkins’s set.