Roger Taylor Steered Taylor Hawkins Out Of Joining Guns N’ Roses


Way back Taylor Hawkins, the drummer from the Foo Fighters received a call from Guns N Roses asking him to join the band.

He recalls when is all took place when Dave Grohl’s band were promoting their 1999 album ‘There is nothing left to lose’ while out on tour.

According to UCR, Hawkins revealed in an interview that at that time his mother called to tell him that a member of Axl Rose’s management team had made contact.

“Axl was trying to get together a new version of Guns N’ Roses, and I think he was checking around for people, They wanted to know if I would come in and try out or whatever. It was kind of otherworldly.”

Even though the opportunity was tempting, Hawkins decided to call Taylor to ask for advice.

Taylor himself had experience of a similar situation back in the early ‘70s when former Mott the Hoople members Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson were forming their own band.

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Taylor was asked to join them but in the end, he decided to stay with Queen despite not having made it yet.

The drummer said: “He couldn’t imagine being onstage and looking up and not seeing Freddie Mercury or Brian May in front of him.”

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Hawkins revealed his final decision in the interview when Taylor said, ‘I see you and Dave onstage and there’s something you can’t buy there. There’s something between you guys that might not be there with Axl Rose.’ And he was right.”

He reflected on his relationship with Grohl, he said:

“For all our trials and tribulations, Dave is like a brother. When we walk out onstage… we nod and look at each other and go, ‘Alright, here we go.’ We’re getting in the ring together.“

Hawkins recently released a new solo album, Get the Money, and confirmed that work was underway on a new Foo Fighters LP.