Taylor Hawkins: her life in words and pictures

March 26, 2022, 12:52 | Updated: March 26, 2022, 12:58 PM

Taylor Hawkins at the Foo Fighters Studio 666 premiere on February 16, 2022.

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The Foo Fighters drummer has tragically passed away at the age of 50. Radio X pays tribute to him with a look back at his life… in his own words.

  1. “Bohemian Rhapsody is the first song I remember hearing as a kid. And I just thought it was funny.”

    Taylor Hawins takes the mic at the Ohana Festival Encore weekend in October 2021

    Taylor Hawins takes the mic during the Ohana Festival Encore weekend in October 2021.

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  2. “Life is funny. If you don’t laugh, you’re in trouble.”

    Taylor Hawkins behind the drums in Mexico, November 2021

    Taylor Hawkins behind the drums in Mexico, November 2021.

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  3. On Noel Gallagher’s joke about getting a petition for the Foo Fighters to break up: “He was really mean. He was really a jerk.”

    Taylor Hawkins performing with the Foo Fighters at the Studio 666 premiere after party in February 2022

    Taylor Hawkins performs with the Foo Fighters at the Studio 666 premiere after party in February 2022.

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  4. “I don’t have perfect tone. My drums sound like a drummer, not like a drum machine.”

    Taylor Hawkins performing with Foo Fighters at NOS Alive 2017 in Portugal

    Taylor Hawkins performs with the Foo Fighters at the 2017 NOS Alive festival in Portugal.

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  5. “I’m not trying to be the next Dave Grohl or Phil Collins.”

    Tayor Hawkins steps out from behind the drums at the 2019 BeachLife Festival in California

    Tayor Hawkins steps out from behind the drums at the 2019 BeachLife Festival in California.

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  6. “I make my living playing rock n’ roll. I’m not going to complain about anything.”

    Taylor Hawkins at the iHeartRadio ALTer EGO Live Stream in January 2021

    Taylor Hawkins during the iHeartRadio ALTer EGO live stream in January 2021.

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  7. “Alanis – I love and miss you. Thanks for my big break. I’d deliver pizzas if it wasn’t for her!”

    Alanis Morissette performs on stage with Taylor Hawkins, circa 1995.

    Alanis Morissette performs on stage with Taylor Hawkins, circa 1995.

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  8. “Why go on vacation when work is so much more fun?”

    Foo Fighters in 2005: ate Mendel, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett.

    Foo Fighters in 2005: ate Mendel, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett.

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  9. “I love Donna Summer and I love ABBA. I love late 70s disco. I love the Bee Gees. I love that period of recording.”

    Taylor Hawkins, playing with the Foo Fighters in Australia in March 2022

    Taylor Hawkins, playing with the Foo Fighters in Australia in March 2022.

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  10. “This business can be tough, and I just consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the career that I have, and still have so much fun playing drums and making music.”

    Foo Fighters in Melbourne, 2002: Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett

    Foo Fighters in Melbourne, 2002: Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett.

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