Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead at 50

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  • FORD
    ROTH ARMY MODERATOR

    • Jan 2004
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    Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead at 50

    rollingstone.com
    Rolling Stone
    Kat Bouza
    9-11 minutes
    March 25, 2022 11:18PM ET
    Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead at 50


    Taylor Hawkins, the jovial, ferocious drummer for Foo Fighters, has died at the age of 50, according to a statement from the band.

    “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” read the message, which was posted to social media. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.” Foo Fighters are currently on tour in South America and were preparing to perform at Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia, a rep for the band told Rolling Stone.

    As news of Hawkins’ death spread, numerous musicians and celebrities took to social media to honor the late drummer. “God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power,” wrote Rage Against the Machine frontman Tom Morello, sharing a photo of himself and Hawkins alongside Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell. “Rest In Peace my friend.”

    “I’ve always had so much admiration for him,” former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy said of Hawkins on Twitter. “Amazing drummer & a gem of a guy who was always fun to be around.” Producer Steve Albini, Nickleback and musician Finneas also shared tributes to Hawkins.

    Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Hawkins relocated to Southern California with his family in his early childhood. He first rose to prominence as the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette during the Jagged Little Pill era. “The second I heard ‘You Oughta Know,’ I was like, ‘I’m in that band!'” Hawkins told Rolling Stone in November 2021. “I just knew.” Hawkins also appeared in the music videos for the singer’s hit singles “You Oughta Know” and “You Learn.”

    After inter-studio conflict led to the departure of Foo Fighters’ original drummer William Goldsmith during recording sessions for the group’s breakthrough album The Colour and the Shape, forcing frontman Dave Grohl to handle drumming duties, Hawkins officially joined the band in the spring of 1997. Throughout his career with Foo Fighters, Hawkins occasionally handled vocal duties, singing lead on the group’s 2005 single “Cold Day in the Sun” and “Sunday Rain” from 2017’s Concrete and Gold. Hawkins also frequently sang cover songs with the group, both for Foo Fighters B-sides and during live performances — including a powerful rendition of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” during a January 2021 show for fully-vaccinated fans in Los Angeles.

    Outside of his work with Foo Fighters, Hawkins regularly collaborated with other musicians and groups — and even launched several side projects of his own. In 2006, he embarked on a solo career with Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, reuniting with his former Morissette touring bandmate and Jane’s Addiction bassist, Chris Chaney. Hawkins would go on to release three albums under the Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders banner, tapping artists including Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, Elliot Easton of The Cars, Jane Addiction’s Perry Farrell, as well as Grohl for collaborations. Hawkins also fronted cover band Chevy Metal with friends Wiley Hodgden and Mick Murphy, which eventually recorded an album as Birds of Satan.

    Hawkins is survived by his wife and three children.

    This story is developing.
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  • FORD
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    • Jan 2004
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    #2
    From their last gig 5 days ago.... dude appears to be healthy at the time.

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    • FORD
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      • Jan 2004
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      #3
      Maybe his kid can take his job??

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      • FORD
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        • Jan 2004
        • 58806

        #4
        One more from the last show....

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        • twonabomber
          formerly F A T
          ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

          • Jan 2004
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          #5
          Writing In All Proper Case Takes Extra Time, Is Confusing To Read, And Is Completely Pointless.

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          • Seshmeister
            ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

            • Oct 2003
            • 35206

            #6
            Middle aged rock star with history of drug abuse dies suddenly in Columbia? Just sayin...

            Shame he did seem like a nice guy

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            • twonabomber
              formerly F A T
              ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

              • Jan 2004
              • 11196

              #7
              Writing In All Proper Case Takes Extra Time, Is Confusing To Read, And Is Completely Pointless.

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              • Nickdfresh
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                • Oct 2004
                • 49216

                #8

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                • Kristy
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                  • Aug 2004
                  • 16341

                  #9
                  I can't begin to tell you how refreshing this feels to hear of rock stars dying again. I had given up all hope. These motherfuckers just keep on older and older. The Foofy Fighters were generic trad rock with a mixture of generic pop and Grohl commercialized the living shit out of his dog and pony show. As for "Screaming" Dead Hawkins you can make for a solid argument he was the most talented of the band but also the biggest asshole. As Dirty Harry once said, "a man has to know his limitations" so when a Colombian coroner/toxicologist states this bird brain's heart was double in it weight due to having a minimum amount of ten different substances flowing in his Texan bloodstream he was either suicidal or just plain fucking stupid or both.

                  What gets me is either he just wanted out quick otherwise how would anyone close to him not have noticed this? Then there is Grohl himself. This dude is a magnet for drug-addicted suicidal fellow band members. Not the kind of dude you really want to hang around with. Was Hawkins trying to pull a Brian Connolly? At least Connolly knew how to moderate his death. I've seen Scots drink and they know when enough is enough but Hawky Boy is from Texas where the obesity rate is higher than the graduation rate so none of of this really surprises me when it comes to his intelligence. The dude always looked spaced-out and fucked up on something. Now we know why.

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                  • twonabomber
                    formerly F A T
                    ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

                    • Jan 2004
                    • 11196

                    #10
                    that took longer than I thought it would...
                    Writing In All Proper Case Takes Extra Time, Is Confusing To Read, And Is Completely Pointless.

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                    • Kristy
                      DIAMOND STATUS
                      • Aug 2004
                      • 16341

                      #11
                      Originally posted by twonabomber
                      that took longer than I thought it would...
                      Here ya go:

                      The two most worthless people on the planet:

                      1. Politicians

                      2. Rock stars

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                      • Terry
                        TOASTMASTER GENERAL
                        • Jan 2004
                        • 11966

                        #12
                        Originally posted by Kristy
                        I can't begin to tell you how refreshing this feels to hear of rock stars dying again. I had given up all hope. These motherfuckers just keep on older and older. The Foofy Fighters were generic trad rock with a mixture of generic pop and Grohl commercialized the living shit out of his dog and pony show. As for "Screaming" Dead Hawkins you can make for a solid argument he was the most talented of the band but also the biggest asshole. As Dirty Harry once said, "a man has to know his limitations" so when a Colombian coroner/toxicologist states this bird brain's heart was double in it weight due to having a minimum amount of ten different substances flowing in his Texan bloodstream he was either suicidal or just plain fucking stupid or both.

                        What gets me is either he just wanted out quick otherwise how would anyone close to him not have noticed this? Then there is Grohl himself. This dude is a magnet for drug-addicted suicidal fellow band members. Not the kind of dude you really want to hang around with. Was Hawkins trying to pull a Brian Connolly? At least Connolly knew how to moderate his death. I've seen Scots drink and they know when enough is enough but Hawky Boy is from Texas where the obesity rate is higher than the graduation rate so none of of this really surprises me when it comes to his intelligence. The dude always looked spaced-out and fucked up on something. Now we know why.
                        Not a particular fan of the Foo Fighters...or Dave Grohl.

                        Far be it from me to say others shouldn't like them, but their stature from my vantage point was way overblown in terms of their media presence vs. their talent.
                        Scramby eggs and bacon.

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                        • Kristy
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                          • Aug 2004
                          • 16341

                          #13
                          They were generic rock. Problem with that band was lack of solid songwriting and direction which is why they did so many cover songs on stage (which is a tell-tale sign of a not having a decent songwriter). Grohl fell in love with his own media whoring more than he did his own band and never developed it into anything more. He got a lot of mileage out of the Kurt sympathy card and we'll see where he takes the Hawkins overdose.

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                          • Nitro Express
                            DIAMOND STATUS
                            • Aug 2004
                            • 32798

                            #14
                            Taylor seemed like a nice guy. I've been to Bogota several times. Got to be careful there. Unfortunately he probably went I'm in Bogota wooo hooo! and it bit his ass.
                            No! You can't have the keys to the wine cellar!

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                            • Terry
                              TOASTMASTER GENERAL
                              • Jan 2004
                              • 11966

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Kristy
                              They were generic rock. Problem with that band was lack of solid songwriting and direction which is why they did so many cover songs on stage (which is a tell-tale sign of a not having a decent songwriter). Grohl fell in love with his own media whoring more than he did his own band and never developed it into anything more. He got a lot of mileage out of the Kurt sympathy card and we'll see where he takes the Hawkins overdose.
                              First two Foo albums had some decent to good stuff on it.

                              I dunno...nothing the band has ever done has struck me as anything crucial, inspired or important in terms of rock music.

                              Grohl is certainly aware of how to overload the media machine and keep his image out there.

                              I'd sooner listen to Loverboy or Rick Springfield than the Foo Fighters.
                              Scramby eggs and bacon.

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