Foo Fighters unveiled Josh Freese as the drummer for their upcoming tour during a pre-taped rehearsal that streamed on Veeps.com Sunday.
The hour-long event started with a few teases. Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and Danny Carey of Tool made cameos at the Foos’ L.A.-area rehearsal room Studio 606 before Freese was revealed sitting behind the drum kit and they launched into “All My Life.”
Freese is the longtime drummer of the punk band The Vandals, but also one of the world’s most sought after session and touring drummers. He’d been playing live with Danny Elfman and, last year, The Offspring, who replaced him with a permanent drummer nine days ago — and now we know why.
During a break in the nine-song rehearsal the band spoke with Freese about his days as the 12-year-old drummer of a band they played regularly at Tomorrowland in Anaheim, California’s Disneyland. Freese’s father was a musician who worked for Disney.
They premiered one song from their upcoming But Here We Are album, “Nothing At All,” and played two others, “Rescued” and “Under All.” They also covered the Huey Lewis and the News song “Workin’ for a Livin'” and threw the riff from “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath into “No Son of Mine.” They closed the stream with two songs from the last century, “Money Wrench” — with Dave Grohl forgetting the words to the second verse — and “Aurora.”
The band didn’t mention Freese’s predecessor, Taylor Hawkins, who died while on tour in Colombia last year, during the event. They kick off their 2023 tour Wednesday in Gilford, New Hampshire. (Variety, Setlist.fm)
The album jacket for Foo Fighters’ But Here We Are features the dedication “for Virginia and Taylor” on the back. Virginia is Virginia Grohl, Dave’s mom, who passed away in August 2022.