photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
the UNTIMELY death of longtime and universally BELOVED FOO FIGHTERS drummer TAYLOR HAWKINS a little over a year ago while on tour in COLOMBIA was both SHOCKING and TRAGIC. you dont have to look far in the band to see members that have lost bandmates in the past. i think for a lot of people their thoughts immediately went to DAVE GROHL and PAT SMEAR and their close FALLEN brethren in KURT COBAIN and DARBY CRASH. people forget that the FOO FIGHTERS project itself was created as an expression of PERSISTENCE and SURVIVAL in the face of OVERWHELMING GRIEF. the ICONIC tribute concerts from last fall was a showcase in that ethos of LOVE and COMMUNITY in the face TRAUMA and TRAGEDY.
but the question for fans quickly became "what next?"
in december of last year the FOO FIGHTERS announced they would carry on, but who would play drums. i just adore the fact that they answered all these questions in a STARK long-form, black-and-white rehearsal video where you could view JOSH FREESE absolutely destroy these songs and realize the band was in some sense REVITALIZED. im a huge DEVO fan, so i've known about FREESE for years, but i first saw him play at WARPED TOUR 2001 in VENTURA as a member of veteran ORANGE COUNTY PUNK band THE VANDALS. he's been a session drummer of the first order for decades (CHRIS CORNELL, BLACK LIGHT BURNS, DANNY ELFMAN, KATY PERRY, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KELLY CLARKSON, WEEN, AVRIL LAVIGNE, SOCIAL DISTORTION and ROB ZOMBIE) and has been the go-to drummer while on tour in a crunch for the likes of everyone from PARAMORE and GOOD CHARLOTTE to THE REPLACEMENTS, THE OFFSPRING and even STING. he's also had stints of being a member of NINE INCH NAILS, GUNS N' ROSES, WEEZER and A PERFECT CIRCLE among other bands. it is a RIDICULOUS resume that the FOO FIGHTERS are now a part of. like HAWKINS, he is also from ORANGE COUNTY (which coincidently is where i lived as a child until 1996).
but the best part of the whole video knowingly moronically entitled FOO FIGHTERS: PREPARING MUSIC FOR CONCERTS is the beginning when FREESE hasnt been announced yet as the drummer and a parade of FAMOUS drummers come in for IDIOTIC reasons. as the first CREATIVE release since the tribute concerts, the fact that they went with HUMOR was BRILLIANT. they probably needed it and we the fans definitely did as well.