Who is Josh Freese?
Joshua aka Josh Ryan Freese (born December 25, 1972) is a drummer from the United States. He is the older brother of musician Jason Freese and the son of tuba soloist Stan Freese.
He has been a member of the Foo Fighters since 2023, the Vandals since 1989, and Devo since 1996, after previously playing drums for Guns N’ Roses from 1997 to 2000, A Perfect Circle from 1999 to 2012, Nine Inch Nails from 2005 to 2008, Weezer from 2009 to 2011, and Sublime with Rome from 2011 to 2017.
Josh Freese was born on December 25, 1972, in Orlando, Florida, United States of America. His father, Stan Freese, was the band director at Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, while his mother was a classical pianist. When Freese was eight years old, he began playing the drums. El Dorado High School in Placentia, California, was where Freese went to school.
He began performing professionally when he was 12 years old (in a mostly Top 40 band at Disneyland). He was a member of Polo, a teen-and-tween rock band that won the Junior Star Search. Before joining the Magic Kingdom, Polo had a drummer, band founder Jimmy Keegan, but they made way on stage for the son of Disneyland’s Director of Bands, Stan Freese.
Other bands on the same stage were constrained to performing Top 40 hits, but Polo was not restricted in this way. The band recorded and published an eponymous EP, which was played on KROQ.
Josh Freese dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and began touring and recording, first with Dweezil Zappa and later with the Vandals. In the previous 25 years, he has worked with several well-known artists as a first-call session drummer, band member, and occasionally as a temporary replacement.
Jason Freese, Green Day’s younger brother, plays keyboards and has also recorded and toured with the Goo Goo Dolls, Dr. Dre, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, Liz Phair, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Joe Walsh, and Weezer.
Age and Birthday
On December 25, 1972, Joshua Ryan Freese was born. He is currently 50 years old.
Freese resides in Southern California with his wife and four children.
Josh Freese has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Freese’s love of music began at a young age, and he practiced drumming throughout his infancy. He began his professional career in the late 1980s when he joined the punk rock band The Vandals.
His technical prowess and enthusiastic performances immediately drew notice, leading to possibilities with other well-known bands such as Devo, Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, and A Perfect Circle.
Freese is a talented songwriter and composer in addition to his drumming abilities. He has contributed to the composition process of various bands in which he has played, demonstrating his creative ingenuity and diversity.
Josh Freese has gained critical appreciation for his work throughout his career. He has received numerous Grammy nominations and has been lauded for his extraordinary talent by both fans and professional musicians.
His contributions to albums such as Nine Inch Nails’ “The Fragile” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” have left an indelible mark on the music industry.
Josh Freese is a compelling live performer in addition to his studio work. His stage presence and ability to invigorate the audience have earned him a fan favorite among audiences all over the world. He enters each concert with zeal, creating powerful and memorable drum solos that fascinate and inspire.
He continues to work with other artists, to explore new musical frontiers, and to contribute to the ever-changing panorama of rock and alternative music.
Josh Freese’s talent, versatility, and dedication to his craft have cemented his place as one of the industry’s most regarded drummers.
His contributions to music have left an unforgettable imprint, and his legacy will continue to inspire young musicians for many years to come.
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