Josh Freese (born December 25, 1972) has been the drummer for Devo since 1996.


As a youth, Josh began to learn drumming by practicing while listening to records - including Devo's - and considered Alan a "hero" of his. [1] Josh's first live performances were playing in a mostly top 40 Disneyland band. His father was director of bands at Disneyland Resort.

Josh recorded with Dweezil Zappa and next The Vandals.

Robert "Bob 2" Casale was producing Fear of a Punk Planet - The Vandals third album and became friends with Josh. This led to Josh intermittently working with Bob 2 and Mark on television and film music produced by Mutato Muzika. [2]

With DEVO[]

Josh recorded a version of "Girl U Want" with Devo for the Tank Girl motion picture. There is one version of the song in the film and one on the soundtrack album.

Josh performed live with Devo closing out the 1996 Sundance film festival. The live performance was eventually released in a DVD/LP format as Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig. The one-off show turned out to not be their last and six months later, Devo began performing regularly in a touring festival.

Devo Presents: Adventures of the Smart Patrol did not included Josh. David Kendrick appeared in the videogame and is listed as Devo's drummer in the credits.

There continued to be some overlap with David, but Josh was considered Devo's main drummer, usually performing with the band whenever they had live shows.

Josh and Jerry wrote "Merry Something to You," which debuted at Devovision in December, 2009 and was released the next year.

Josh recorded Devo's next album, Something for Everybody, released in 2010. He appears in the video "Fresh."

He has two co-writing credits on the 2013 compilation Something ELSE for Everybody and performs on four tracks. Jerry and his brother Bob 2 provide drum programming on three tracks and Jeff Friedl performs on three tracks. Josh appears in the video "Monsterman" , which was released in a 3D format viewable on the Nintendo 3DS.

Josh also appears in the concert film and live album Hardcore DEVO Live!

A live online charity gala included Devo songs performed by Jerry, Bob1, Josh and his brother Jason, a studio musician who has also toured with Green Day since 2004. [3]

Josh contributed writing, performance and production to the new EP by Devo's Gerald V. Casale, The Invisible Man. The EP was recorded at Studio Freese and Josh co-produced tracks 1-3. He performed "unparalleled percussion" and synths on "I'm Gonna Pay U Back," a track he co-wrote with Jerry.

Josh appears in the video and its sequel as "Street Drummer." Josh’s 4D avatar appears as “The Drummer” in the third video of the story. (Premiering online in 2023, the 4D music video was realized in a volumetric capture system. It uses high-quality scans and was not filmed.)

Josh performed gigs with DEVO off the coast of Mexico in 2023.

Jeff Friedl is performing on the 2023 worldwide tour, celebrating 50 years. Josh is touring with Foo Fighters.

With other bands[]

Josh is currently a full member of three bands. Josh became a permanent member of of The Vandals in 1989. He became Devo's permanent drummer in 1996. Josh became a full member of Foo Fighters in 2023. He played at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts in 2022. [4]

He was Guns 'N' Roses drummer from 1997 to 2000. He co-wrote the song "Chinese Democracy" with Axl Rose.

Josh was a member of A Perfect Circle from 1999 and left in 2012, replaced by Jeff Friedl.

He was one of the touring drummers of Nine Inch Nails from 2005 to 2008, and recorded a few studio tracks. Josh also participated in the music projects of several NIN members.

Josh has toured and recorded tracks with many artists, including Weezer (2009-2011), Sublime with Rome (2011-2017), and Sting.

He has worked with Paul Westerberg since 1992, and toured with the Replacements.

Visit, listing some of the artists Josh recorded for.


Solo Discography
The Notorious One Man Orgy (2000)
Since 1972 (2009)
My New Friends (2011)
Just A Minute: Vol. 1 (2021)

External Links[]
Josh Freese Artist - Discography -- Discogs
Josh Freese Person - Overview -- MusicBrainz
Josh Freese Overview -- AllMusic
Josh Freese Filmography -- IMDb
Josh Freese (drummer) -- Wikipedia article
Mark Mothersbaugh | Gerry Casale | Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Lewis | Bob Casale | Jim Mothersbaugh | Alan Myers
David Kendrick | Josh Freese
Jeff Friedl | Josh Hager
Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discovery | Rhino 
MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct | Futurismo
Brian Eno | Ken Scott | Robert Margouleff | Roy Thomas Baker | DEVO 
The Teddybears | Greg Kurstin | Santi White | John King | John Hill | Mark Nishita 
Official Studio Albums
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) | Duty Now For The Future (1979) | Freedom of Choice (1980) | New Traditionalists (1981) | oh, no! it's Devo (1982) | Shout (1984) | Total Devo (1988) | SmoothNoodleMaps (1990) | Something for Everybody   (2010)
Other Albums
Be Stiff EP (1978) | E-Z Listening Disc (1987) | Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace (1989) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 1 74-77 (1990) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 2 1974-1977 (1991) | DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years (1992) | DEV-O Live (1999) | Recombo DNA (2000) | Live In Central Park (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (2012) | Something ELSE for Everybody  (2013) | Miracle Witness Hour  (2014) | Live at Max's Kansas City - November 15, 1977  (2014) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015) | Art Devo 1973-1977  (2023)
In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution (1976) | The Men Who Make The Music (1981) | Human Highway (1982) | We're All DEVO (1984) | The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) | DEVO Live (2004) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
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  1. Youtube.(at 7:39) 2000. DEVO's Josh Freese talks w Eric Blair 2000. Interviewed by Eric Blair. Alan Myers is a great like definitely underrated you know unsung hero of mine
  2. Youtube.(start at 6:07) 2000. DEVO's Josh Freese talks w Eric Blair 2000. Interviewed by Eric Blair.
  3. Youtube. 9-30-2020. Josh Freese plays Whip It/Jerkin Back N Forth w/DEVO’s Jerry Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh, brother Jason. @joshfreese.
  4. 2022. Foo Fighters & The Hawkins Family Present taylor hawkins Tribute Concert. Event poster.