as expected, foo fighters announced their new drummer during live streamed event Sunday: And as expected, senior session fellow and longtime friend Josh Freese.
The band is embarking on a massive tour, their first tour without a drummer. Taylor Hawkins tragically passed away in Colombia last year – May 24 in New Hampshire.
While the band announced their intention to continue late last year, they went to great lengths not to reveal the identity of their new drummer. They played to it during the opening moments of the live broadcast, “Foo Fighters: Preparing Music for Concerts,featuring all the members in their rehearsal rooms joking with each other with their guitars on.
Three top-notch drummers knocked on the door in a row – Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, and Tool’s Danny Carey – saying things like “There’s a white Mercedes in front of my car” or “Hey, I got it”. PF Changs!” or group members “We’ll be right there!” saying, “I’ve groomed your poodles for you.” or similar
Finally, “Um… Excuse me?!” A voice shouting is heard. The band members turn to look at Freese, who is sitting behind a drum set but has been off camera until now. “Can we play a song or something?” says. and then the group starts singing from their own songs. new album “But Here We Are,It falls on June 2nd.
Among the songs were lots of rehearsal rock band jokes that reminded him of his early days as musicians – Freese talks at length about a group he played with at Disneyland when he was 12, apparently called Polo; “LaCoste unlocked for you!” a band member is teasing. Next, we see Grohl and Freese go over a role in a universal musician-ese: ‘diggy-diggy-diggity baw-baw-baw,’” etc. The band also roared with a few hits from the past, including a standout version of “Monkey Wrench,” which Freese found to add even more punk energy to the song.
The pre-recorded special could have been some kind of public rehearsal or sound check, but clearly no other rehearsal was needed: The performances were airtight, and the band only discussed a few minor refinements.
One of the best, most versatile and seasoned rock drummers working today, Freese shows why he has the power to replace both Hawkins and Grohl (who is the lead singer of Foos but one of the greatest drummers in rock history). and rhythm guitarist), playing with just the right amount of stability, power, and flash. If it were a live audition for fans, it’s safe to say that it was a huge success.
It’s not hard to see why Freese is such a great drummer for Foo Fighters. He’s a longtime friend of both Grohl and Hawkins, and Guns N’ Roses, A Perfect Circle, Puddle of Mudd, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, Paramore, the replaces, Sting, and the Vandals—and these are just rock performances he’s worked with. Over the years, he’s played on more than 300 records, from pop to rock to country, with a mind-blowing variety of different musicians: His versatility is evidenced by his performances with both Danny Elfman and Danny Elfman at last year’s Coachella festival. both the lead singer of new wave veterans Oingo Boingo and Tim Burton’s favorite film composer and hyper-pop magicians 100 Gecs – two dramatically different artists who required a wide variety of styles, and did it with both.
But Freese is not only a highly experienced and wide-ranging musician who knows the band and his music, but his presence solves many of the challenges facing anyone stepping into the role of Hawkins: He is known as one of the best drummers in the world. The work is well known to musicians, and less familiar to the public, which is actually a plus, so there won’t be any associations from previous bands (although dozens have played). As his long resume shows, he can play almost any style and is 50 years old, of the same generation as most of the other band members. It’s also unclear now whether he’s a permanent member of the group or playing some kind of long-term freelance role; contacted by Variation On Sunday, a representative of the group declined to comment. (HEAD For more information on potential Foo Fighters drummer candidates here.)
“Foo Fighters: Making Music for Concerts‘ is a streaming event on the Live Nations Veeps platform brimming with ‘rock & roll (including the first performances of “But Here We Are”), exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and a few surprises – all shot within broad yet intimate confines. from the band’s own 606 studio.” Only airing at: https://foofighters.veeps.com/On-demand replay enabled until May 24.
“Shows like this don’t happen every day. Using this moment to gather fans around the world, giving people the opportunity to share the experience wherever they are is a gift. Joel Madden, CEO and Founder of Veeps, said:
The Foo Fighters’ upcoming tour will kick off on May 24 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH.