The Offspring hire new drummer

JAM! Music

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

California pop-punkers The Offspring have hired a new drummer, according to their official website.

Atom Willard, formerly of Rocket From The Crypt, will join the band for their upcoming fall tour, with dates to be announced.

Willard replaces longtime Offpring drummer Ron Welty, who left the band earlier this year. Veteran session drummer Josh Freese has been filling in for the band for their upcoming CD, "Splinter."

The album, produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), is set for release on December 2.


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