The Foo Fighters have found their new drummer following the sudden death of longtime friend and drummer Taylor Hawkins in Bogota in March 2022.
During the “Foo Fighters: Preparing Music for Concerts” event, which previewed the group’s 11th studio album, “But Here We Are”, the band introduced studio drummer Josh Freese as Hawkins’ successor on Sunday.
Freese is an accomplished drummer and has played with Nine Inch Nails, The Offspring, Sting and Weezer, among many others. He also played with the Foo Fighters during the Hawkins tribute show in London in 2022, even playing on the late drummer’s own drum kit.
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According to a post on his Instagram page showing a picture of Hawkins drumming, Freese said he insisted on drumming for the London tribute show, “I want that energy to be on stage.”
In the same post, Freese reflected on his friendship with Hawkins, saying that the two often bonded over how they felt like they were “the only 2 (Orange County) guys in the room.”
(L-R) Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Ohio in October 2021. (Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Hawkins died in March 2022 at the age of 50 while on tour in Colombia.
In January, the Foo Fighters shared that they planned to continue as a band, saying, “Without Taylor, we would never have been the band that we were; and without Taylor, we know we going to be a different band.” Future.”
“And we know that when we see you again – and we will soon – he will be with us all in spirit every night.”
They announced in April that they planned to release a new album, “But Here We Are”, on June 2, saying the album was “a year of staggering loss, personal introspection and bittersweet memories”. came later.”
The Foo Fighters started the summer tour on May 24 in New Hampshire.