During a live streamed event on Sunday, the Foo Fighters named veteran musician Josh Freese as their new drummer.
The declaration comes as the band heads out this week on its first tour since drummer Taylor Hawkins out of nowhere died in Colombia in March of last year.
The livestream event, dubbed Foo Fighters: Preparing Music for Concerts, included the band playing a few of their past hits, alongside songs from their upcoming 10-track album “But Here We Are,” which is expected to be released on June 2.
The new album will be “a brutally honest and emotionally raw response to everything Foo Fighters endured over the last year,” the band said in a statement last month.
The lead, driving single is “Rescued,” with the lyrics “I’m just waiting to be rescued/Bring me back to life/Kings and queens and in-betweens/We all deserve the right.”
Freese is well-known to music fans and even attended the band’s September 2022 tribute concerts in London and Los Angeles.
“He’s also a longtime friend of both (Dave) Grohl and Hawkins and is a seasoned session act who has performed and toured with rock bands Guns N’ Roses, A Perfect Circle, Puddle of Mudd, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, Paramore, the Replacements, Sting and the Vandals, to name a few,” the entertainment outlet reported.
According to the band’s website, the band’s first tour stop on Wednesday at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire, is completely sold out.