Josh Freese

Josh Freese
Josh Freese at the DEVO, Boston 6-27-08.jpg
Freese drumming with DEVO in 2008.
Background information
Born (1972-12-25) December 25, 1972 (age 46)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • bass
  • vocals
Years active1988–present
Associated acts

Joshua Ryan Freese (born December 25, 1972)[1] is an American session drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and composer.

He is a permanent member of The Vandals and Devo,[2] having formerly played drums for Guns N' Roses from 1997 to 2000, A Perfect Circle from 1999 to 2012,[3] Nine Inch Nails from 2005 to 2008, Weezer from 2009 to 2011, and Sublime with Rome from 2012 to 2017. He has appeared on over 400 records.[4] In December 2010, Freese began touring with Paramore on their South American tour. In fall 2016 he returned to playing full-time with Sting whom he toured and recorded with in 2005.

Early life

Josh Freese was born on December 25, 1972, in Orlando, Florida. His father, Stan Freese, conducted the Disney World (Florida) and Disneyland (California) band, and his mother was a classical pianist. Freese began playing the drums when he was 8 years old.[5] He started playing professionally at the age of 12 (in a primarily Top 40 band at Disneyland). He played electronic drums in the teen-and-tween rock band named Polo, a Junior Star Search winner. Polo already had a drummer before joining the Magic Kingdom, band founder Jimmy Keegan, but they found room on stage for the son of Disneyland's Director of Bands, Stan Freese. Other bands on the same stage were limited to performing Top 40 hits, but such constraints did not apply to Polo. The band recorded and released an eponymous EP that received some airplay on KROQ, the premier alternative music station in the Los Angeles area.

The young Freese's familial connections and corresponding exposure led to an endorsement deal with the Simmons electronic drum company. There is an old Simmons commercial (directed by Mitch Brisker), featuring Freese on the additional content section of The Vandals' Live at the House of Blues DVD. At the age of 16, he left high school and started touring and making records,[6] first with Dweezil Zappa and then with The Vandals. He has worked with many respected artists in the last 25 years, as a first call session drummer, band member and sometimes as a temporary replacement. Freese's younger brother, Jason Freese, plays keyboards in Green Day 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.

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