Josh Freese

Infobox musical artist

Name = Josh Freese

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Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
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Origin = Orlando, Florida
Instrument = drums, percussion, guitar, bass, keyboards
Genre = Hard rock
Heavy Metal
Alternative metal
Punk rock
Alternative rock
Industrial rock
Industrial metal
Pop punk
Occupation = Session musician, Drummer
Years_active = 1988–present
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Associated_acts = A Perfect Circle
Nine Inch Nails
The Vandals
Paul Westerberg
Guns n' Roses
The Offspring
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Josh Freese (born December 25, 1972 [ [ - Josh Freese] ] ) is an American session drummer and songwriter. He is a member of A Perfect Circle, The Vandals, Devo and has been the drummer in Nine Inch Nails since late 2005. Freese has appeared on close to 300 records.


Josh Freese was born in Orlando, Florida and moved to Southern California when he was 6 months old. His father conducted the Disneyland Band and his mother was a classical pianist. Freese began playing the drums when he was 8 years old.cite web|title= In Demand: Josh Freese|url = | publisher = Modern Drummer | author = Robyn Flans | accessdate=2008-09-19] He started playing professionally at the age of 12 (in a Top 40 band at Disneyland). There he played electronic drums which led to an endorsement deal with the Simmons electronic drum company. There is an old Simmons commercial (which ran on MTV in 1985), featuring Freese on the additional content section of The Vandals' "Live at the House of Blues" DVD.

At the age of 15, Freese left high school and started touring and making records, first with Dweezil Zappa and then with The Vandals. Freese has worked with many respected artists in the last 15 years, as a first call session drummer and sometimes as a temporary replacement. Josh has a younger brother Jason Freese who plays keyboards in Green Day, has also recorded and toured with Dr.Dre, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, Liz Phair, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Joe Walsh, and Weezer. Josh currently lives in Southern California with his girlfriend and their two sons. They are expecting their third child in January, 2009.


In 1998, Freese went solo by recording a number of songs that he wrote and performed himself (including bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals). The result is the lo-fi, 6-song EP "Destroy The Earth As Soon As Possible", released under the name 'Princess' by T.O.N/Stone Lizard Records.

In 2000, the songs "Caffeine and Vaseline" and "Rock N' Roll Chicken" were revived for the 12-song album "The Notorious One Man Orgy", this time released under Freese's own name by Kung Fu Records. With guest appearances by the likes of Stone Gossard, Warren Fitzgerald, Michael Ward, Lyle Workman, and his brother Jason, the "N.O.M.O." offers a hard driving pop-punk musical insight into what it is like to be Josh Freese on a daily basis.

Work history

Freese started his drumming career in a Top-40 cover band at the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage at Disneyland from 1985-1988. Freese has since been a member of punk rock band The Vandals since 1989, and has played on all the band's albums since then, with the exception of 2000's "Look What I Almost Stepped In...", on which current Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman deputised due to Freese's commitments with A Perfect Circle. In 2004, The Vandals released a live DVD as part of Kung Fu Records' "The Show Must Go Off!" series. The DVD is of particular interest to Josh Freese fans thanks to the inclusion of the Josh Freese-cam, a camera focused on Freese for the entire duration of the show, also including a picture-in-picture of Freese's kick drum pedal. The band starting work on a new album for a release in 2007.

Freese was a member of Guns N' Roses from 1997 to 2000, replacing Matt Sorum and signing a 2-year contract. He recorded the song "Oh My God" for the "End of Days" soundtrack and pieces for the unreleased "Chinese Democracy" album, supposedly having co-written the music to the title track. He left the band in 2000 to launch A Perfect Circle with Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel.

He has drummed for A Perfect Circle since their first album, and is considered one of the core members. As of 2006, the band is "on hiatus". Since then, founder Billy Howerdel has started up a new band (ASHES dIVIDE) with drums contributed by Freese.

Freese took over from drummer Ron Welty for the recording of the The Offspring's 2003 album "Splinter" after Welty's departure from the band. Freese is credited for playing drums on the album, but Atom Willard later took on the position as the band's fulltime drummer. In August 2007, Atom left the band. He would eventually be replaced by Pete Parada. In the meantime, Freese was called upon to record the new Offspring album, "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace".

Freese participated in Sting's "Broken Music Tour" in April 2005 with guitarist Dominic Miller and guitarist Shane Fontayne. The tour kicked off April 1 in San Jose, California and ended on May 14th in New York. Josh also appeared with Sting during the record breaking 'Live 8' concert in London's Hyde Park on July 2, 2005. In fall of 2005 he recorded new material with Sting in Italy at the singer's Tuscany estate but plans for release have yet to be set.

Josh Freese has recently contributed drum tracks for Lostprophets' third album, "Liberation Transmission", recording all his parts in two days. Travis Barker was originally earmaked as the session drummer of choice for the album, but producer (Bob Rock), who had worked with Freese before, wanted him instead.

Freese provided the drums on two new Replacements tracks, that appear on their greatest-hits package, "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was".

Freese toured with Nine Inch Nails on their 2005-2006 "With Teeth" tour after the illness of drummer Jerome Dillon. Freese contributed live drum tracks to the songs "HYPERPOWER!" and "Capital G" on the Nine Inch Nails album "Year Zero", which was released in 2007. Freese continued touring with Nine Inch Nails throughout 2007 in support of "Year Zero", mainly outside of the U.S. In 2008 he worked with Reznor in the studio on The Slip and signed on for more extensive touring with the band through 2009.

Freese also completed drum tracks for the band Black Light Burns, which consists of Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit, Big Dumb Face, From First to Last), Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails) and Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv).

Josh also played on "Rebel Hiss" which is the first single from Jubilee headed by ex-bandmate (and ex lead guitarist for Nine Inch Nails) Aaron North on guitar and vocals.Freese was credited for "phantom percussion" on the 1995 album Blackgrass by Dwarves front-man Blag Dahlia's pseudonym Earl Lee Grace.

He has been the drummer in DEVO since 1995, with the notable exception of their 2003 shows in Japan.

He is currently on tour with Nine Inch Nails on their North American portion of their 2008-2009 "Lights In The Sky Tour". It has been confirmed on Nine Inch Nails offical website that Freese will be leaving the band at the end of the year [,130727] .


* Drum Workshop drums, Pedals, and Hardware
* Paiste cymbals
* Remo drumheads
* Vater H220 drumsticks
* Drum Workshop Drums
*# 18" x 22" DW Bass Drum
*# 6" x 14" Paiste Spirit of 2002 Snare
*# 5" x 14" DW Aluminum Shell Snare
*# 8" x 10" DW Tom
*# 10" x 13" DW Tom
*# 14" x 16" DW Tom
*# 16" x 18" DW Floor Tom


From a 2007 Guitar Center interview [] :

GC: What are the differences, if any, between your live setup and your studio setup? Josh Freese: It depends on the studio situation or the live situation but my set up never gets that crazy or out of the ordinary I don't think. You can pretty much always count on starting off with the basic Ringo 4 piece set up and add from there. With the Vandals that's all I use. With Devo add a second rack tom. With NIN keep only 1 rack but have 2 floors and a 3rd floor off to the left of my hi-hat (with NIN the drums are all about 2 inches bigger than I normally would use.....14 rack. 24 kick, 18 and 20 inch floors.....16 off the side of my hihat. With A Perfect Circle 2 racks and 2 floors, 2nd snare off the left of my hihat....more cymbals with APC too. With Sting there are 3 racks but smaller sizes and only 1 floor. Never too many cymbals (except with APC I guess). In the studio my drums are usually something really basic a 4, 5, or 6 piece kit with lots of snare and cymbal choices.


*12 Stones - "12 Stones"
*3 Doors Down - "Away from the Sun"
*A Perfect Circle - "eMOTIVe"
*A Perfect Circle - "Mer De Noms"
*A Perfect Circle - "aMOTION"
*A Perfect Circle - "Thirteenth Step"
*Abandoned Pools - "Humanistic"
*All Day - "First EP"
*Anna Tsuchiya - "strip Me?"
*ASHES dIVIDE - Keep Telling Myself It's Alright
*Avril Lavigne - "Let Go"
*Avril Lavigne - "Under My Skin"
*Avril Lavigne - "The Best Damn Thing"
*Bic Runga - "Drive"
*Black Light Burns - "Cruel Melody"
*Bob and Mark Mothersbaugh - "200 Cigarettes" Soundtrack
*Boxing Gandhis - "Howard"
*Brian Head Welch - "Save Me from Myself"
*Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Once More, with Feeling" Soundtrack
*B'z - "Eien no Tsubasa"
*Chris Cornell - "Euphoria Morning"
*Cinematic (upcoming record)
*Clay Aiken - "Measure of a Man"
*Crumb - "Romance Is A Slowdance"
*Crumb - "Seconds, Minutes, Hours"
*Danny Elfman - ""Freeway"" Soundtrack
*Daughtry - "Daughtry"
*Desert Sessions - "Volumes 9 & 10"
*DEVO - "Pioneers Who Got Scalped"
*DEVO - "Tank Girl" Soundtrack
*Devo 2.0
*Dweezil Zappa - "Confessions"
*Earl Lee Grace - "Blackgrass"
*Emm Gryner - "Public"
*Evanescence - "Fallen"
*Filter - "Anthems for the Damned"
*Fuel - "Angels & Devils"
*F.Y.P. - "Toys That Kill"
*Flying Traps(Various Drummers)
*Gavin Rossdale - "Wanderlust"
*Good Charlotte - "The Young & the Hopeless"
*Guns N' Roses - Oh My God ("End Of Days" Soundtrack)
*Hayden - "The Closer I Get"
*Hoku - "Hoku"
*Hollywood Undead - Tracks 1, 6 and 11
*Infectious Grooves - "Sarsippius' Ark"
*Jamie Blake
*John Doe - "Freedom Is..."
*Josh Freese - "The Notorious One Man Orgy"
*Jubilee - "Rebel Hiss Single"
*Juliana Hatfield - "Only Everything"
*Kelly Clarkson -"Thankful"
*Kelly Clarkson - "Breakaway"
*Lazlo Bane - "Short-Style"
*Lazlo Bane - "Transistor"
*Leona Naess - "Comatised"
*Lostprophets - "Liberation Transmission"
*Magnapop - "Rubbing Doesn't Help"
*Mary Lou Lord - "Got No Shadow"
*Mary Lou Lord - "Martian Saints EP"
*Maypole - "Product"
*Meredith Brooks - "Blurring the Edges"
*Mike Ness - "Cheating at Solitaire"
*Monster In The Machine - "Butterfly Pinned"
*Mötley Crüe - "Red, White & Crue"
*Nash Kato - "Debutante"
*New Radicals - "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too"
*Nine Inch Nails - "Beside You in Time"
*Nine Inch Nails - "Year Zero"
*Nine Inch Nails - "The Slip"
*Palo Alto (upcoming record)
*Paul Westerberg - "14 Songs"
*Paul Westerberg - "Eventually"
*Paul Westerberg - "Suicaine Gratifaction"
*Paul Westerberg - "Besterberg"
*Poe - "Haunted"
*Possum Dixon - "Star Maps"
*Princess - "Destroy Earth As Soon As Possible"
*Puddle Of Mudd - "Come Clean"
*Queens of the Stone Age - "Lullabies to Paralyze" (track "In My Head")
*Radford - "Sleepwalker"
*Revis - "Places for Breathing"
*Rhett Miller - "The Instigator"
*Rickie Lee Jones - "Ghosty Head"
*Rob Zombie - "Mission Impossible 2" Soundtrack
*Rob Zombie - "Educated Horses"
*Rob Zombie - The Sinister Urge
*School Of Fish - "Human Cannonball"
*Seether - "Disclaimer"
*Seether - "Disclaimer II"
*Seo Taiji - "6th Album Re-Recording and ETPFEST Live"
*"Strange Days" Soundtrack
*Shawn Mullins - "First Ten Years"
*Slider - Sudden Fun
*Static-X - "Beneath... Between... Beyond..."
*Static-X - "Shadow Zone"
*Sting - "Live 8 Music Relief Concert DVD"
*Suicidal Tendencies - "The Art of Rebellion"
*Taxi Ride
*Tender Fury - "If Anger Was Soul....."
*The Calling - "Two"
*The Damning Well
*The Daredevils - "Hate You"
*The Dwarves - "The Dwarves Must Die"
*The Format - "Interventions + Lullabies"
*The Indigo Girls - "Shaming of the Sun"
*The Lovemakers - "Times of Romance"
*The Martinis - "Smitten"
*The Offspring - "Splinter"
*The Offspring - "Greatest Hits" on the song "Can't Repeat"
*The Offspring - "Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace"
*The Replacements - "" on two new recordings
*The Summer Obsession - "This Is Where You Belong"
*Unwritten Law - "Elva" on the song "Up All Night"
*Unwritten Law - "Here's To The Mourning"
*The Vandals - "Fear of a Punk Planet"
*The Vandals - "Glory Daze" Soundtrack
*The Vandals - "Hitler Bad, Vandals Good"
*The Vandals - "Hollywood Potato Chip"
*The Vandals - "Internet Dating Superstuds"
*The Vandals - "Live Fast, Diarrhea"
*The Vandals - ""
*The Vandals - ""
*The Vandals - "The Quickening"
*The Veronicas - "The Secret Life Of..."
*The Wailing Souls - "Psychedelic Souls"
*Lee Ving - "S/T (EP)"
*Viva Death - "Self Titled"
*Viva Death - "One Percent Panic"
*Ween - "Quebec"
*Thermadore - "Monkey On Rico"
*Tommy Stinson - "Village Gorilla Head"
*Tracy Bonham - "Down Here"
*Tracy Bonham - "The Burdens of Being Upright"
*Wayne Kramer - "The Hard Stuff"
*Xtra Large - "Now I Eat Them"


Hollywood Undead (band) Session Drummer on tracks 1, 6, and 11

External links

* [ Josh Freese Hotline]
* []
* [ Josh Freese's personal website]
* [ Josh Freese on the NinWiki]
* [ Josh Freese at Drummerworld]
* [ Cruel Melody - Black Light Burns Fansite]

NAME= Freese, Josh
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Session musician
DATE OF BIRTH= 1972-12-25
PLACE OF BIRTH= Orlando, Florida

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