Josh Freese

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    June 10, 2013

    Ink N Iron - Queen Mary - June 7, 2013

    Ink and Iron Festival Queen Mary June 7, 2013 Three days of punk rock, tattooed folks, custom hot rods kicked off on Friday with the majestic Queen Mary providing the scenic backdrop for the annual Ink and Iron Kustom Culture Festival. One couldn't have asked for more perfect weather as local heroe ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013

    How to Destroy Angels - Fox Theatre Pomona - April 10, 2013

    How to Destroy Angels Fox Theatre Pomona April 10, 2013 Primed with a midnight set at the Mojave tent this Friday at Coachella, How to Destroy Angels orchestrated a visual and auditory assault at their debut show at the Fox Theatre in Pomona that make them a must see act at Coachella. One could sen ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Wandering Around the Noisy World of NAMM

    NAMM Show Anaheim Convention Center January 24, 2013 If you hear a loud buzzing sound echoing from Anaheim, it would be the thousands of exhibitors and merchants checking out the latest musical gear at the National Association of Music Merchants or NAMM in short. Closed to the public, It isn't unc ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Exene Cervenka Wants to Give You Advice; Write Now!

    Raven Lorthos​ Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Next month, we're launching her monthly column, "Ask Exene," where you can ask the legendary vocalist for advice--on your love life, poli ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    3hree Things: (A Few Of) My Favorite Drummers At the Moment

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, in which Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.​the above image was respectfully borrowed from Kick/Snare/Hat and taken by Sangsouvanh Khounvic ... More >>

  • Music

    December 22, 2011

    What Josh Freese Wants for Christmas

    [Mental Notes] Plus, John Doe on new material from X? Stay tuned

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    December 15, 2011

    Drummer Floyd 'Bud' Gaugh Quits Sublime With Rome

    [Mental Notes] Plus, 'Slayer Bob' lights up your holidays

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    December 15, 2011

    John Freese's Holiday Shopping Guide

    ​You only have one holiday shopping weekend left. Freak ya out? In order to help your lazy, procrastinating ass, we enlisted the help of drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese. And why not? The man who rocks behind the kit for bands such as Devo and Weezer is also one of the greatest marketing ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Drummer Floyd "Bud" Gaugh Quits Sublime With Rome

    ​See also: KROQ Acoustic Christmas Night One The Intranets (it's a series of tubes -- look it up) is reporting that Sublime With Rome drummer Floyd "Bud" Gaugh has quit the band. Now, before anyone freaks out and burns all their Sublime With Rome merchandise, there is a sweeter, softer side t ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Puscifer at the Orpheum Theatre Last Night

    Andrew Youssef​PusciferDecember 6, 2011Orpheum TheatreClick here to see a slideshow of the performance.The maniacal brainchild of the mercurial lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle, Puscifer continues to evolve and impress. Maynard James Keenan has refined his mashed up mix of p ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Five Celebrity Ex-Disney Employees

    ​When I was in high school I briefly worked at a crappy little hot dog stand in Milwaukee.One day, a dumb-ass friend of mine thought it would be hilarious to throw an ice cube into the deep fryer I was working as he walked by. Rather than investigate and find out the truth behind the grease geyser ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Weezer at the Pacific Amphitheater Last Night

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly Click here to see more images.​WeezerAugust 4, 2011Pacific AmphitheaterSo that was weird.Seeing front man Rivers Cuomo run, jump and dance around; start and finish the set in the audience; sing a track off Pinkerton; touch his band mates ... it was a different Weezer ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    A Perfect Circle at the Gibson Amphitheater Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​A Perfect CircleJuly 28, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterAfter a smattering of dates on the West Coast back in November, A Perfect Circle returned for a triumphant homecoming show at the Gibson Amphitheater. Sitting down in front of a small toy piano, Billy Howerdel plunked out the ... More >>

  • Music

    April 7, 2011

    Josh Freese Introduces Us to 'My New Friends'

    [Locals Only] Super session drummer's new release is the whole bizarre gift package

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    April 1, 2011

    [UPDATE: 75K Package SOLD!] Josh Freese's New EP My New Friends Out Today--Also: It's Already Too Late for That Tommy Lee Seance

    Courtesy of Josh Freese​UPDATE, APRIL 1, 7:40 P.M.: Well, that was fast. The $75,000 fan package has been sold to a man named Connor Trivers from Medford, Oregon. The package includes Josh Freese joining your band for a month (or he becomes your personal assistant); one of Freese's drumsets; an en ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    A Perfect Circle Announces New North American Tour--And a Call for the APC Superfan

    Tim CadienteLeft to right: James Iha, Matt McJunkins, Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, Maynard James Keenan.​If you didn't manage to catch A Perfect Circle the last time around (click here to see our review), good news: The band just announced a new slew of North American tour dates, including a Los A ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    The 2011 OC Music Awards

    [Mental Notes] Stan Freese, Wildboys, Dahga Bloom, Micah Brown and BLOK all made the OCMA pretty memorable

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    March 8, 2011

    Stan Freese--That Guy with the Speedo, Playing the Tuba, Who is Way More Punk than Anyone Else

    ​Last Saturday, Stan Freese, one of the most popular tuba soloists in the country, was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the OC Music Awards. Freese, who has booked entertainment for the Walt Disney Company for over 40 years (he's been Director of Bands at the Walt Disney World Resort ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    The OC Music Awards Last Night at the City National Grove of Anaheim

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThe Growlers won Best Surf​10th Annual OC Music Awards The City National Grove of AnaheimMarch 5, 2010As the 10th Annual OC Music Awards sails off into our memories, there are a few highlights to discuss. The final award show, held Saturday night at the City ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Exene Recasts the Oscars; Josh Freese Named Dream Presenter

    Ali Smith​City of Orange resident and music scenester Exene Cervenka (of X, Knitters, Original Sinners) had a cameo in LA Times' awards blog The Envelope yesterday, and in it, she talked about what she'd do if she ran the Oscars. In the interview, we discover her love of Bill Murray. She also talk ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    OC Music Awards Announces Impact and Lifetime Achievement Recipients

    John Gilhooley/ OC WeeklyMike Ness of Social Distortion​The OC Music Awards picks two outstanding recipients each year in the categories Orange County Impact and Lifetime Achievement. The Impact Award recognizes a local artist or band who obviously "impacts" the community. This year, the award goe ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Avenged Sevenfold and A Perfect Circle Headlining Rock on the Range

    Avenged Sevenfold​OC-based Avenged Sevenfold and drummer Josh Freese of A Perfect Circle will be headlining the hard-rock music fest Rock on the Range. The 5th annual celebration will be held on May 21 and May 22 at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio. It will commence early Friday evening with ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    New Josh Freese Album to Be Released on April Fool's, Sends Out Best Press Release Ever

    ​Drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, DEVO, A Perfect Circle, the Vandals, etc.) made headlines last year with his ingenious marketing scheme promoting his solo record Since 1972. And now he's back for more: His next solo project, titled My New Friends, is set for an April 1 release date. Memora ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Lady Gaga Coming to OC

    [Mental Notes] Also, Josh Freese fills in with Paramore and WAR remembers Teena Marie

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    January 3, 2011

    Josh Freese to Fill in For Paramore's South American Tour

    Susan Sabo/OC WeeklyJosh Freese gets his hair cut by a fan in a parking lot in Downtown Long Beach. No big deal. ​According to SPIN Magazine, Long Beach resident and session drummer (and former OC Weekly cover man) Josh Freese has been pegged as the fill-in drummer for Paramore's upcoming tour dat ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    The Vandals At The House of Blues Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyClick here to see the slideshow!The VandalsDecember 18th, 2010House of Blues AnaheimOnly a band as beloved and stellar as The Vandals can throw an annual Christmas formal in support of their 1996 album Oi to the World!. The pouring rain didn't keep the punks away; the House o ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    TGIF: Get on OFF!, Too $hort, No Age, Inspector and More

    ​ What's on this weekend? Lots. Tonight, Silverlake in Pomona happens at the Glass House-and we admit, it would have been great if a band just called themselves 'Silverlake in Pomona' because it's either completely amazing or utterly ridiculous, probably depending on how drunk you are.

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    November 29, 2010

    Weezer at the Gibson Amphitheater Over The Weekend

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyJorge Garcia makes a cameo at Weezer's first night in LA​Check out our Weezer slideshow here!WeezerNovember 26, 2010Gibson AmphitheaterUnderstandably dubbed the "Memories" tour, Weezer dug up plenty of memorable older tunes to go along with a tidal wave of flashbacks at the ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Top Five OC Artists to Follow on Twitter

    These days, you can't go online without reading about Kanye West letting fans know about his latest drama, or 50 Cent on either how lonely he is or his hilarous racist rants--all on Twitter. And while no local artist is as candid as Kanye or Fitty, here are some of the best OC acts to follow on Twit ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    A Perfect Circle at the Avalon Last Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyA Perfect Circle performed their entire first album, Mer De Noms​A Perfect CircleNovember 8,2010Avalon Emerging from a five year hiatus, A Perfect Circle descended upon the Avalon in Hollywood to perform their platinum debut album Mer De Noms in its entirety to the del ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    [UPDATED] Weezer Announces Blue/Pinkerton Dates--With an LA Stop

    ​Dates for Weezer's Memories Tour--around which the band will play both the eponymously-named yet literally-termed "Blue Album" from 1994 and the cult favorite Pinkerton--have just been announced.The band will play two nights in every city, with some "greatest hits" thrown in on both nights.There' ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Where Are They Now? The Vandals' Side Project Xtra Large

    The day's biggest concern was a raid.​Everybody in Orange County knows the members of the Vandals are as punk as they come. But who would have guessed they were also neo-grunge post-metal alterna-rockers? For  a little more than a year in the early '90s, two of them were. Drummer Josh Freese ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    The Vandals at the Glass House Over The Weekend

    Chad Sengstock/OC Weekly​Check out our Vandals slideshow here!The VandalsSeptember 10, 2010Glass HouseOnly a band like the Vandals would warn the crowd that they hadn't even rehearsed before playing a single note. Touted as a benefit to help fight their legal battle against the Daily Variety, the ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    A Perfect Circle Officially Off-Hiatus

    A Perfect Circle, 2004: Josh Freese, Jeordie White, Maynard James Keenan, James Iha, Billy Howerdel​After six years of being on hiatus, "supergroup" A Perfect Circle is officially--no, seriously officially this time--working together again.

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    June 28, 2010

    OC Weekly's Kelly Lewis, Vickie Chang and Gustavo Arellano are Big LA Press Club Winners

    ​OC Weekly won three awards at the Los Angeles Press Club's 52nd annual SoCal Journalism Awards Sunday night at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.Competing for the first time in the large newspapers division (not because our circulation increased that much but because everyone else's has shrunk), ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Over The Weekend: The Weenie Roast

    Andrew YoussefScott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots​Check out our slideshows here and here!Last week, I put together a Weenie Roast guide for Saturday's event, where I talked about incredible buzz bands you shouldn't miss, along with the bands to skip so you could go to the bathroom. Well, after sp ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Josh Freese Selling Shit Out Of His Car Tonight

    Facebook ​What's that? You're heading over to the final Bad Religion show of what seems like their 5,000-night run at the House of Blues Anaheim?You're in luck--not only are fave Orange County punkers the Vandals opening up tonight but drummer (Devo, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, etc.)/ace se ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009
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    June 26, 2009

    TODAY: Warped Tour Kicks Off at Pomona Fairplex

    Oh yes. For the third year in a row, the Vans Warped Tour is kicking off at the Pomona Fairplex (in, uh, Pomona). It's also the 15th anniversary of the Warped Tour! Hooray.Performing on this opening gig: Bad Religion, NOFX, Less Than Jake, TSOL, Thrice, the Maine, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Meg & ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009
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    May 18, 2009

    Last Saturday: KROQ Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    Andrew YoussefLast Night: KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater; Saturday May 16, 2009. (More pictures here.)Better Than: Wango Tango.Download: Videos from the day at KROQ Weenie Roast is typically full of surprises. With Blink 182 reuniting the night prior at a private ... More >>

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    October 12, 2008

    Last Night: LiskFest @ Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine

    Last Night: Liskfest at Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine on October 11,2008 Better Than: seeing a festival in the middle of summer. Download: "Oi, To The World!" by the Vandals from their Myspace page Hope, change, and unity were used as themes in hardcore music long before the current political ... More >>

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    September 7, 2008

    Last Night: Nine Inch Nails @ the Forum

    Last Night: Nine Inch Nails at the Forum September 6, 2008. Better Than: destroying your musical instruments at home. Download: The whole new Nine Inch Nails album "The Slip" for free The Nine Inch Nails "Lights In The Sky" tour descended upon the Forum to a hometown crowd eager to soak up the b ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008

    NIN to Play LA Sept. 6

    As part of their Lights In The Sky North American tour, Nine Inch Nails will play the Forum Sat. Sept. 6. Atlanta space/drone rockers Deerhunter will open (a surprisingly, bold choice by Mr. Trent Reznor). Tickets go on sale June 28 at 10 a.m. through and Since Rezn ... More >>

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    May 15, 2008
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    July 4, 2002
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    January 25, 2001

    Eric Blair

    Professional makeup artist, host of cable-access TV show Blairing Out With Eric Blair

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    December 28, 2000

    Vandals Incorporated

    Oi to the world!

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    October 8, 1998

    Our Crumb

    Getting over the Girl, getting on with the music

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