Foo Fighters Unveil New Drummer

Los Angeles, CA-based rock mainstays Foo Fighters, who return to the live circuit in just a couple of days for the first time since the tragic passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March 2022, have revealed who will be joining them behind the kit. At least for now. And it will be American session drummer Josh Freese!

Josh Freese @ Hammersmith Apollo

Josh Freese (Kalpesh Patel)
Josh Freese (Kalpesh Patel)

Freese sat behind the kit, alongside a host of Hawkins’ famous drummer friends, peers and heroes as part of two special tribute concerts held last September at London’s Wembley Arena and the Kia Forum in the Dave Grohl-fronted group’s hometown of Los Angeles.

Foo Fighters @ Glastonbury

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (Kalpesh Patel)
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (Kalpesh Patel)

And while it’s unclear whether or not he joined the remaining five members of the group during the recording of their upcoming 11th studio record But Here We Are, which is due out on 2nd June, Freese joined the group for a global live stream of a pre-recorded rehearsal session recorded recently at their base, Studio 606. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee and Danny Carey of Tool all knocked on the door of the studio, teasing just who might join the group behind the kit before Freese was finally unveiled.

Check out some images from today’s black and white live-stream:

Orlando, Florida-born Josh Freese, who comes from a musical family, is also part of bands The Vandals and Devo but has been a touring drummer for some of the biggest acts in the world including Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails and Sting.

The live stream is available to re-watch for three more days over at

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