Tributes Paid To Late Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins

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The world of rock music is in mourning after it was confirmed that Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died. He was 50 years old.

Having also made a name for himself playing drums for singer Alanis Morissette for her “Can’t Not” and “Jagged Like A Pill” tours, Hawkins also joined Dave Grohl at the Foo Fighters in 1997. He replaced their drummer William Goldsmith.

Speaking last year, Foos frontman Grohl also said that he was amazed that Hawkins took the decision to leave Alanis Morrisette and join his band. More on that here.

Taylor Hawkins Death: “tragic and untimely”

Sadly, the news of Hawkins’ death was also confirmed by the Foo Fighters who released this statement.

They said that they are “devastated by the tragic and untimely loss”.

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time”. 

The Foo Fighters are currently touring South America, with their last show involving Hawkins taking place in Lollapalooza in Argentina on March 22.

Hawkins died before the band were due to perform at Festival Estero Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia on March 25. Lit candles were also placed by the stage in his honour.

“Our friend, our brother”

Following his death, several household names from the music world have paid tribute to Hawkins.

Expressing his devastation about the news, Queen’s Brian May also wrote, “No. It cannot be. Heartbroken. Taylor, you were family to us. Our friend, our brother, our beloved child. Bless you. We will miss you so bad”. 

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello also shared a photo of himself, Hawkins and Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell adding that he “loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend”. 

Ozzy Osbourne also added this.

Other names to pay tribute to the drummer also include Mike Portnoy, Nile Rodgers, Paul Stanley, Nickleback, Steve Albini, Gene Simmons, Billy Idol and Nathan Followill.

You can also check them out below.

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Meanwhile, Coldplay also dedicated a performance to Hawkins at a gig in Mexico. You can also check that out below.