Brian May Says Taylor Hawkins Was The Best Publicist For Queen Ever


Queen’s Brian May recently talked about his relationship with the late Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins in a conversation with Variety. The guitarist said losing such a young musician felt wrong and reflected on the drummer’s admiration for his band.

The rock and roll industry is undoubtedly influenced by the successful band, Queen. They take place in countless fans’ favorite bands of all time with timeless songs and monumental albums. Even after Freddy Mercury passed away, Queen continued to inspire the rock scene with their performances, including various collaborations with singers.

Being an essential part of the music world with their work, the Queen members have made many friends throughout their time. Apart from working with these fellow musicians, some rockers admire the band and cover their songs during their live performances. One of these artists was a member of Foo Fighters, who recently made the headlines with devastating news.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins recently passed away in his hotel room in Columbia, where he went to perform a concert with his band. His sudden death saddened the music industry, and many musicians continue to pay him, his family, and his group their respects by sharing their memories with him.

Hawkins often sang ‘Somebody to Love’ in his concerts to pay homage to one of his favorite bands. Knowing how much the drummer loved them, Brian May recently stated how he was a big Queen fan. The guitarist was shocked to see Pat Smear and Hawkins knew more about Queen than the band itself. They both were advocates of their music, and it was so sad to see one of their biggest fans pass away. May was upset and wished that he would negotiate with death because Hawkins was so young to die.

According to Variety, May stated:

“We instantly bonded because Taylor and Pat Smear were the most informed Queen fans. They knew more about us than we did. We were just shocked to find out how much they felt about us. Taylor Hawkins was the best publicist for Queen ever. He’s been so good for our image! Where he kind of regarded us as cool, which at the time, a lot of people didn’t.

Taylor wasn’t even my generation. I think of him as a boy, the same as I saw George Michael as a boy; to lose them feels all wrong. It makes you feel so frustrated. It makes you feel like you want to negotiate with death. It makes you feel like if you looked at it enough, if you talk about it enough, if you analyze it enough, then maybe you can bring him back, but of course, that’s just not the way it all works.”

You can watch Hawkins’ last performance of ‘Somebody to Love’ below.