Over the weekend, much like many others in the music industry, we at Rock Sins were devastated to learn that musical legend Taylor Hawkins has passed away. Since the announcement we have seen an outpouring of love and condolences from fans and musical colleagues alike.
UK rock duo Royal Blood dedicated their Birmingham show on March 27th to the late drummer with Ben Thatcher including a phenomenal drum solo to the late artists in the show and subsequent dates.
For many drummers, Hawkins was the reason they picked up the sticks and learned how to play. A huge credit to the music scene. Over the weekend, many acts playing live shows dedicated entire shows and sections to the late drummer.
Other artists who paid tribute to the loss of their fellow musician included Miley Cyrus, who worked with Hawkins on her Plastic Hearts record. She dedicated her Lollapalooza show to him, while the likes of Liam Gallagher and Elton John dedicated tracks Live Forever and Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me to the legendary drummer.
Born in February 1972, Hawkins life is one that deserves a look back at all the incredible moments. For two years Hawkins supported Alanis Morissette on her Jagged Little Pill and Can’t Not Tour as her drummer, as well as appearing in a range of music videos including You Oughta Know, All I Really Want and You Learn.
Since joining Foo Fighters in 1997, after the band finished making The Colour and Shape, it’s safe to say this is one incredible musical career to look back on.
Not only was Hawkins known for his work with Foo Fighters and Alanis Morissette, but also having recorded the drums for Coheed and Cambria’s album Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, as well as touring with the band shortly after the release of the album.
Throughout his time with Foo Fighters Hawkins sang lead vocals on some tracks during live shows, which included covering Queen’s Somebody To Love On his last show with the band on March 20th at Lollapalooza Argentina. With the first concert Hawkins attended being a Queen show in 1982, this last song out feels extra special and touching.
As well as smashing it on the drums, Hawkins can also be credited with writing on Foo Fighters tracks, further demonstrating the musical talent of this man. Not only was Hawkins a music icon, but he joined fellow bandmates in making an acting debut in their film Studio 666, showing off the range in skill this man held.
As to be expected, Foo Fighters are taking time out to grieve the loss of a truly incredible man.
It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins. We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.