Foo Fighters Confirm Josh Freese as New Live Drummer –

When the Foo Fighters head back onto the road this week, the drummer filling the late Taylor Hawkins’ position behind the kit will be session man and longtime friend of the band Josh Freese. The news was revealed during Foo Fighters: Preparing Music For Concerts, a streaming event broadcast earlier today.

he new man was introduced as the band were filmed chatting, their conversation interrupted by a trio of well-known drummers – Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, and Tool’s Danny Carey – before the camera cut to Freese, one of the sticksmen who performed with the Foo Fighters during last year’s Taylor Hawkins’ tribute shows in London and Los Angeles.

Freese is also the regular drummer for Devo and The Vandals, and has toured with A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, and The Offspring. He has also played with Guns N’ Roses – spending two years in the studio with Axl Rose without ever playing live with the band – as well as The Residents, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Slash, Weezer and many more. He also auditioned for Pearl Jam in 1994. He’ll play his first full show with with the Foo Fighters at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH, this Wednesday.