Taylor Hawkins 1972 – 2022

Taylor Hawkins was the adored drummer for Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters announced via their social media channels this morning that their long time drummer, and adored member of the band, Taylor Hawkins has died whilst they are were on tour in South America. Since then, fellow musicians have reacted to the news by posting stories and comments online to commemorate the incredible impact Taylor Hawkins had on the industry and on their lives.

Hawkins started off in a couple of small bands, before being given the opportunity to be Alanis Morrissette’s drummer during her ‘Jagged Little Pill’ tour, as well as her ‘Can’t Not’ tour. After a phone call with Dave Grohl after he parted ways with original Foo’s drummer William Goldsmith, Hawkins took the seat behind the drums for Foo Fighters on 18th March 1997.

Throughout his time with Foo Fighters, he was more than just a drummer. Often taking baking vocals in the studio and during their live performances, as well as becoming known for taking the mic for a Queen cover track during many of their live shows, often covering ‘Under Pressure’.

Taylor also had his own band which he formed in the mid 2000’s, Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders with whom he released 3 albums. Hawkins also appeared on numerous tracks for other artists, including Brian May, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne. In 2021, Hawkins and Jane’s Addiction members Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney formed a supergroup called NHC. Described by Hawkins as being “somewhere between Rush and the Faces”, the band recorded an album in 2021, which is due for release in 2022.

All of us at Flick Of The Finger send our condolences to Taylor’s family, Foo Fighters and his friends. Taylor was a huge influence to us.

Feature Image: Jason PD – Foo Fighters live in Manchester.