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How should the Foo Fighters introduce their new drummer?

As I type this, it’s the morning of Monday, May 15, just nine days from the first Foo Fighters headline performance in Gilford, New Hampshire, and we still don’t know who will be taking the place of Taylor Hawkins. At this point, rehearsals have taken place, tour arrangements have been made, and gear is being gathered for shipping. The Foos know who will be the drummer for this tour. How are they going to tell us?

Here are their options:

  • An official press release from the band/management/label.
  • A surprise club gig (or gigs) in the days before the May 24 show in New Hampshire. The new person will appreciate a chance to work things out in front of an audience before the Foos start playing arenas, amphitheatres, and stadiums.
  • They just go for it on May 24.

All the above assumes that there will, in fact, be a new drummer (here are some possibilities). The outlier solution to the drummer problem is for Dave Grohl to handle things.

On some levels, this is an elegant solution. Taylor may be considered irreplaceable (at for now) so Dave will assume the mantle himself. Being a lead singer/frontman/drummer is a tough assignment, but it’s been done before (cf. Don Henley, Phil Collins, Levon Helm, Ringo Starr, Karen Carpenter, Gil Moore, among others.)

Last chance for predictions. Go.

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24 thoughts on “How should the Foo Fighters introduce their new drummer?

  • It’s Dave. Makes the most sense. Could have a second drummer fill in on select songs that he wants to be out front for, but I think he’ll be behind the kit most of the night.

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    • Nah. Dave needs to be out front. I reckon, and it makes perfect sense if you think about it Taylor was a massive fan of Queen (as are Dave and the rest of the band) so.. I’d be putting Rufus Tiger Taylor on the drums. The son of Queensland drummer Roger Taylor.

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      • Rufus would make a great addition to the Foo’s he’s a very talented drummer in his own right.

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  • They should just let it rip at the show. Forget any sort of press conference our big announcement.

    Just play the gig and move forward.

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  • I think your right about the front runners, but the Foo’s being the Foo’s and inviting people on stage to play with them as well as Dave’s ear, knowing what he is looking for….I’m thinking he either goes huge with a big name or gives someone the chance of a lifetime. Its Dave.

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  • Matt Cameron would fit the bill perfectly. He has the power, the chops, and the necessary stamina. Not to mention the Seattle early years cred he shares with Grohl.
    Singing drummers just don’t work for connecting with audience so highly doubt Grohl will assume the throne. One or two songs per show is fine but they can’t carry the whole thing. (Phil Collins sang very very little while drumming after he assumed front-man position with Genesis.)

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  • I have very strong feelings about this choice and I believe it will be Rufus Taylor. He is the son of Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor and the God son of the aforementioned Taylor Hawkins.

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    • That’s absolutely correct. There is no other choice.

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    • There is so many friends of the band think about it Queens was a stone age all the friends all the session drummers all the people that Dave’s been around someone is already friends with the band I bet they already know him well the crowd will probably too let’s just hope it goes from a sad to happy situation and the foo,s just rock on.

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      • My heart says Rufus but my head says Josh Freese. As for an announcement, I say just launch into the first song at the first gig without saying anything, then after that song bring him out front to intro him, get a nice welcome from the crowd, then rip through the rest of the show.

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  • To have different talented performers be invited to play during tour dates could give the Foo Fighters a taste of what works and what doesn’t. Queen was lucky enough to find Lambert by playing together and it just clicked. Either way they will have big shoes to fill.

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  • Its not Rufus or Cameron

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  • I will be at the NH show and I cannot wait!!! I think they will not make any announcement or have a small preshow either. I think they will just go for it. And it will probably be Dave for this one, but maybe rotating others throughout the tour.

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    • So jealous! Really, I mean, happy for u!!! That’s awesome. I don’t think I want to know how much tickets are going for “these days”. But I’ve never seen them live and would really love to.
      Also, didn’t they say it was gonna be Matt Cameron? Rufus Taylor would be great. So would Dave but I don’t think he’s gonna be playing all that Taylor Hawkins stuff anyway, as great as he is, it’s a pretty different stylistic choice on a lot of their tracks.

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  • Josh freese cuz Brandon pertzborn just joined offspring officially and Josh was playing with them.

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  • Do what the Police did before their reunion tour by having live rehearsals- each band member could take to the stage, and introduce the new drummer last…I think it’s safe to say that they will have been rehearsing with the new guy already so they can factor in any changes to some numbers from the back catalogue.

    Big shoes to fill but best of luck to whoever it is…

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  • Won’t be Dave, he will be up front.

    I hope that they wait until the show to tell us, or maybe just go with rotating drummers until they find the right match.

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  • Brad Wilk is my guess/hope.

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  • He’s the obvious choice!!!

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  • Jon Wurster — who has connections to Dave — just quit Superchunk. He also plays with the Bob Mould band who is going on a two-person tour all of a sudden.

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  • Maybe they go unplugged style and there is no drummer at all

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  • It’s Freese. They should introduce him with something like, “This is Josh Freese”.

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