Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead at 50

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Hawkins, for 25 years the drummer for Foo Fighters and greatest buddy of frontman Dave Grohl, has died throughout a South American tour with the rock band. He was 50.

There have been no rapid particulars on how Hawkins died, though the band stated in a press release Friday that his dying was a “tragic and untimely loss.”

Foo Fighters had been scheduled to play at a pageant in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday evening. Hawkins’ last live performance was Sunday at one other pageant in San Isidro, Argentina.

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever,” stated a message on the band’s official Twitter account that was additionally emailed to reporters. “Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family.”

Police autos, an ambulance and followers have been gathered outdoors the lodge in northern Bogota the place Hawkins was believed to have been staying.

After Grohl, Hawkins was probably the most recognizable member of the group, showing alongside the lead singer in interviews and enjoying distinguished, normally comedian, roles within the band’s memorable movies and their current horror-comedy movie, “Studio 666.”

Hawkins was Alanis Morrissette’s touring drummer when he joined Foo Fighters in 1997. He performed on the band’s largest albums together with “One by One” and “On Your Honor,” and on hit singles together with “My Hero” and “Best of You.”

In Grohl’s 2021 e book “The Storyteller,” he known as Hawkins his “brother from another mother, my best friend, a man for whom I would take a bullet.”

“Upon first meeting, our bond was immediate, and we grew closer with every day, every song, every note that we ever played together,” Grohl wrote. “We are absolutely meant to be, and I am grateful that we found each other in this lifetime.”

It’s the second time Grohl has skilled the dying of a detailed bandmate. Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana when Kurt Cobain died in 1994.

Tributes poured out on social media for Hawkins on Friday evening.

“God bless you Taylor Hawkins,” Rage Towards The Machine guitarist Tom Morello stated on Twitter together with a photograph of himself, Hawkins and Jane’s Habit singer Perry Ferrell. “I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power.”

“What an incredible talent, who didn’t also need to be so kind and generous and cool but was all those things too anyway,” tweeted Finneas, Billie Eilish’s brother, co-writer and producer. “The world was so lucky to have his gifts for the time that it did.”

Born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Fort Price Texas in 1972, Hawkins was raised in Laguna Seashore, California. He performed within the small Southern California band Sylvia earlier than touchdown his first main gig as a drummer for Canadian singer Sass Jordan.

Hawkins instructed The Related Press in 2019 that his early drumming influences included Stewart Copeland of The Police, Roger Taylor from Queen, and Phil Collins, who he stated was “one of my favorite drummers ever. You know, people forget that he was a great drummer as well as a sweater-wearing nice guy from the ’80s, poor fella.”

When he spent two years within the mid-Nineties drumming for Morrissette, he was impressed primarily by the enjoying of Jane’s Habit’s Stephen Perkins.

“My drums were set up like him, the whole thing,” Hawkins instructed the AP. “I was still sort of a copycat at that point. It takes a while and takes a little while to sort of establish your own sort of style. I didn’t sound exactly like him, I sound like me, but he was a big, huge influence.”

He and Grohl met backstage at a present when Hawkins was nonetheless with Morrissette. Grohl’s band would have a gap quickly after when then-drummer William Goldsmith left. Grohl known as Hawkins, who was an enormous Foo Fighters fan and instantly accepted.

“I am not afraid to say that our chance meeting was a kind of love at first sight, igniting a musical ‘twin flame’ that still burns to this day,” Grohl wrote in his e book. “Together, we have become an unstoppable duo, onstage and off, in pursuit of any and all adventure we can find.”

Hawkins first appeared with the band within the 1997 video for Foo Fighters’ hottest track, “Everlong,” though he had but to affix the group when the track was recorded. He would, nonetheless, go on to pound out epic variations of it lots of of occasions because the climax of Foo Fighters’ concert events.

In one other spotlight of the group’s stay exhibits, Grohl would get behind the drums and Hawkins would seize the mic to sing a canopy of Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”

“The best part of getting to be the lead singer of the Foo Fighters for just for one song is I really do have the greatest rock ‘n’ roll drummer on the planet earth,” Hawkins stated earlier than the track in a March 18 live performance in Chile.

Grohl could be heard telling him to close up.

Hawkins additionally co-starred in Foo Fighters’ just lately launched horror-comedy movie, “Studio 666,” by which a demonic drive in a home the place the band is staying seizes Grohl and makes him murderous. Hawkins and the opposite members of the band are killed off one after the other. The premise got here out of their work on their tenth studio album at a house in Los Angeles.

He additionally drummed and sang for the side-project trio Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders. They launched an album, “Get the Money,” in 2006.

Hawkins is survived by his spouse Alison and their three youngsters. (By Andrew Dalton/AP)


Related Press Author Manuel Rueda contributed to this report from Bogota, Colombia.

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