Tag: Josh Freese

  • Josh Freese Talks Guns N’ Roses

    Is Axl Rose really a crazy, ego-maniacal pain-in-the-rump? Not at all, at least according to drum-meister Josh Freese, who chats about his 2-year stint in Guns N’ Roses:

    Everyone always baits me to give them a crazy Axl story. I don’t really have any. I spent two years in a studio with him [and] I never saw any mood swings. He was never not cool to me. So, I am always quick to defend the guy, even though I know his reality is different than mine. Then again, everyone has a different reality.

  • Josh Freese Is an Awesome Drummer

    But he’s also pretty friggin’ hilarious. We told you about his upcoming solo album, but we neglected to mention some of the premium packages he has put together for those of you with enough scratch. Here they are, in full tongue-and-cheek glory:

    • Digital download of Since 1972, including 3 videos


    • CD/DVD double-disc set
    • Digital download


    • CD/DVD double-disc set
    • T-shirt
    • “Thank you” phone call from Josh for buying Since 1972. You can tell him what you like about the record that you purchased, or what you thought sucked. Ask whatever you want, like “Is Maynard really THAT weird?” or “Which one of Sting’s mansions has the comfiest beds?” or “Are Devo really suburban robots that monitor reality or just a bunch of dads from Ohio?” or “Why don’t the Vandals play more stuff off the first record?” It’s your 5 minutes to yack it up. Talk about whatever you want.

    $250 (limited edition of 25)

    • Signed CD/DVD and digital download
    • T-shirt
    • Signed drum head and drumsticks
    • Go on a lunch date with Josh to PF Changs or The Cheesecake Factory (whatever you’re into).

    $500 (limited edition of 15)

    • Signed CD/DVD and digital download
    • T-shirt
    • Signed cymbal and sticks
    • Meet Josh in Venice, Calif., and go floating together in a sensory-deprivation tank (to be filmed and posted on YouTube).
    • Dinner at Sizzler (get your $8.99 steak and “all you can eat” shrimp on)

    $1,000 (limited edition of 10)

    • Signed CD/DVD and digital download
    • T-shirt
    • Signed cymbal, drum head, and drumsticks
    • Josh washes your car OR does your laundry … or you can wash his car.
    • Have dinner with Josh aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif.
    • Get drunk and cut each other’s hair in the parking lot of the Long Beach courthouse (filmed and posted on YouTube, of course).

    $2,500 (limited edition of 5)

    • Signed CD/DVD and digital download
    • Get a private drum lesson with Josh, or for all you non-drummers, have him give you a back and foot massage (couples welcome).
    • Pick any 1 member of the Vandals or Devo (subject to availability) to accompany you and Josh to either the Hollywood Wax Museum or the lunch buffet at the Spearmint Rhino.
    • Signed DW snare drum
    • Take 3 items of your choice out of his closet (first come, first serve).
    • Change diapers and make bottles with him for an afternoon (after hitting the strip club).

    $5,000 (limited edition of 3)

    • Signed CD/DVD and digital download
    • T-shirt
    • Josh writes a song about you and makes it available on iTunes.
    • Co-direct a video with him for the song about you and throw it up on the YouTubes.
    • Josh gives you and a friend a private tour of Disneyland.
    • Get drunk together. If you don’t drink, we can go to my dad’s place and hang out under the “Tuba tree”.
    • Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam will send you a letter telling you about his favorite song on Since 1972.

    $10,000 (limited edition of 1)

    • Signed CD/DVD and digital download
    • T-shirt
    • Signed DW snare drum from A Perfect Circle’s 2003 tour
    • Josh gives you a private drum lesson OR his and hers foot/back massage (couples welcome, discreet parking).
    • Twiggy from Marilyn Manson’s band and Josh take you and a guest to Roscoe’s Chicken ‘n’ Waffles in Long Beach for dinner.
    • Josh takes you and a guest to Club 33 (the super-duper exclusive and private restaurant at Disneyland located above Pirates of the Caribbean) and then hit a couple rides afterward (preferably the Tiki Room, the Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror).
    • At the end of the day at Disneyland, drive away in Josh’s Volvo station wagon. It’s all yours….take it. Just drop him off on your way home, though, please.

    $20,000 (limited edition of 1)

    • Signed CD/DVD and digital download
    • T-shirt
    • A signed drum from the 2008 Nine Inch Nails tour
    • Maynard James Keenan, Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo and Josh take you miniature golfing and then drop you off on the side of the freeway (all filmed and posted on YouTube).
    • Josh gives you a tour of Long Beach. See his first apartment, the coffee shop on 2nd Street where his buddy paid Dave Grohl $40 to rip up tile just weeks before joining Nirvana. See the old Vandals rehearsal spot, the liquor store he got busted at using a fake ID when he was 17 (it was Dave from the Vandals’ old ID). Go check out Snoop Dogg’s high school. For an extra 50 bucks see where Tom and Adrian from No Doubt live. For another $25 he’ll show ya where Eric from NOFX and Brooks from Bad Religion get their hair cut.
    • Spend the night aboard the Queen Mary and take the “Ghosts and Legends” tour. (Separate rooms … no spooning.)
    • Josh writes 2 songs about you and both are made available on iTunes and appear on his next record (you can sing back up on ‘em, clap, play the drums, triangle, whatever).
    • Drum lesson OR foot and back massage (once again … couples welcome and discreet parking available).
    • Pick any 3 items out of Josh’s closet.

    $75,000 (limited edition of 1)

    • Signed CD/DVD and digital download
    • T-shirt
    • Go on tour with Josh for a few days.
    • Have Josh write, record, and release a 5-song EP about you and your life story.
    • Take home any of his drum sets (only one, but you can choose which one).
    • Take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from Tool’s Lamborghini OR play quarters and then hop on the Ouija board for a while.
    • Josh will join your band for a month…play shows, record, party with groupies, etc.
    • If you don’t have a band he’ll be your personal assistant for a month (4-day work weeks, 10 am to 4 pm).
    • Take a limo down to Tijuana and he’ll show you how it’s done (what that means exactly we can’t legally get into here).
    • If you don’t live in Southern California (but are a U.S. resident) he’ll come to you and be your personal assistant/cabana boy for 2 weeks.
    • Take a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN, go back to Robins place afterwards and his wife will make you raw lasagna.

  • Josh Freese About to Release Solo Album

    Yep, Mr. Freese is taking the solo plunge for the second time. On March 24, he’ll release a new album, Since 1972, as a digital download on his site; a physical product (can never have enough coasters, eh?) will be available a few weeks later. Freese will be handling drums, vocals, and nearly every other instrument as well.

    Why? Because he is that bad a bad-ass.

  • Josh Freese Is Leaving NIN…

    …But not right away. He’ll first complete Nine Inch Nails’ North American tour, which kicks off October 23. No details yet on why Freese is vacating the NIN throne, but Trent Reznor recently posted this on the band’s website:

    Josh Freese fans, be sure to check out a show on the upcoming North American leg of the tour, as sadly they will be the last ones he’s playing with us. He informed me he’s leaving the tour at the end of this year. Yes, we are still dear friends. No, I’m not sure what we are going to do.

    Here is a list of dates announced so far (courtesy of Metal Underground):

    10.23.08 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
    10.25.08 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Festival, City Park
    10.28.08 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
    10.29.08 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    10.31.08 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
    11.01.08 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
    11.03.08 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
    11.05.08 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
    11.08.08 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
    11.09.08 Worchester, MA DCU Center (rescheduled from previous date)
    11.11.08 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
    11.12.08 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
    11.14.08 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
    11.15.08 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
    11.17.08 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
    11.18.08 Fort Wayne, IN Memorial Coliseum
    11.20.08 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Center
    11.21.08 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena
    11.22.08 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
    11.25.08 Minneapolis, MN Target Center (rescheduled from previous date)
    11.26.08 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center
    11.28.08 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena
    11.29.08 Billings, MT MetraPark Arena
    12.01.08 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
    12.04.08 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
    12.05.08 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
    12.07.08 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
    12.08.08 Nampa, ID Idaho Center
    12.09.08 Missoula, MT Adams Center
    12.12.08 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
    12.13.08 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

  • Josh Freese on Pitchfork.TV

    Pitchfork.TV is still in beta, yet it’s already giving us drum boners about 22 hours a day. The latest bout of speedo stretching is courtesy of two NIN rehearsal vids (with a third to come) that feature Josh Freese laying it down hard and slick. We’ve embedded the low-bandwith versions below. Make sure you’re wearing loose drawers before you get to clicking.

    [Update: Damn it, it appears that Pitchfork.TV is dead. My usual question: what do they do with all the great content when a platform gives up the ghost?]