Hayley Williams Says She Loved What Taylor Hawkins Did For Dave Grohl

Paramore’s Hayley Williams recently joined Billboard for an interview and stated that she loved Taylor Hawkins‘ contributions to Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.

After William Goldsmith left Foo Fighters, the band re-recorded their second album ‘The Colour And The Shape.’ Grohl called Hawkins to ask for his recommendations for a new drummer. He then wanted to join himself and became the Foos’ drummer on March 18, 1997.

Hawkins’ first appearance with the Foo Fighters was in the music video for the 1997 single ‘Monkey Wrench.’ Later on, in 1998, the Foos began writing their third album. After some conflicts within the band, Grohl, Nate Mendel, and Hawkins began recording ‘There Is Nothing Left To Lose.’

‘There Is Nothing Left To Lose’ was the first album that Taylor Hawkins became prominent with his contributions. After this album, Hawkins also handled songwriting duties and was listed as a co-writer on every record. Moreover, he also provided vocals, guitar, and piano to various band recordings.

In an interview with Billboard, Paramore singer Hayley Williams revealed her thoughts on Taylor Hawkins’ contributions to the Foos. She stated that she loved what Hawkins did for Grohl, and one can hear a remarkable difference in the ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose’ album. According to Williams, Hawkins influenced Dave’s voice and songwriting skills.

Speaking to Billboard, Hayley Williams said the following:

“As a music fan and Foo Fighters fan, I love what he did for Dave Grohl. In Foo Fighters’ 1999 album ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose,’ you can hear such a difference. I think it brought out something in Dave’s voice and the way that he wrote.”

Taylor Hawkins’ final performance with the Foos was at the Lollapalooza Argentina festival on March 20, 2022. Sadly, he passed away on March 25 in his hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia.