Nikki Sixx Shares What He Admired About Taylor Hawkins
In a recent interview with CJAY 92 ROCKS, Mötley Crüe‘s Nikki Sixx shared some of his best memories with Taylor Hawkins and disclosed what the late Foo Fighters drummer cared about the most.
The legendary drummer Taylor Hawkins was loved by many in the industry. He had formed close friendships with many artists, including Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx. They were friends who talked regularly, checked on each other, and lifted one another when times got rough. The duo had even talked about forming a band together in the future.
However, the news of Hawkins’s death shook the entire industry, and Sixx described his pain as a knife in his heart. The frontman made many tributes to honor his dear friend, including being a part of the Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert. Since then, every opportunity Sixx has gotten, he has shared some good memories about his dear friend, described what a fantastic person he was, and talked about his love for playing the drums and making music.
During one of his recent interviews, Sixx shared stories about their relationship and how he perceived his late friend. He said they would talk on the phone early in the mornings and discuss everything, from the bands they loved to songs they had written. Once, Taylor Hawkins had said he was considering buying a house in a nice neighborhood to please his wife and was planning on putting the drums in the guest house. Nikki added that Hawkins didn’t care about the new house; he just wanted to play the drums and be with his friends and family.
Finally, the bassist shared the story from the time Hawkins had asked him to play a gig with him in Malibu. He added that when Hawkins got up to set up his drums in front of a crowd, he realized that the iconic drummer was a rockstar. He was genuine when he went on stage to play the drums and was ‘the real deal.’ These were the attributes that Hawkins possessed that made Sixx love and admire him.
Nikki Sixx’s words about Taylor Hawkins:
“We hung out in Mexico together, but I live in Wyoming, so we spent a lot of time on the phone. They were always morning calls. I’d be drinking coffee, and he’d call me; he would be like, ‘Dude, have you heard of this new band?’ or ‘Listen to this song I just wrote.’
One time he sent me a song called ‘Range Rover Bitches,’ and he had told me a few years earlier that he guessed it was important for his wife to live in a multimillion-dollar shabby chic house in this really nice neighborhood. He was like, ‘But they have a guest house so I can put my drums in there.’ Like, that’s what was important to him, was music, friends, family. He didn’t care about the house; he didn’t care about the bank account; he just wanted to play.
I mean, we got together, one time he called me up, and he goes, ‘Hey man, I’m doing this gig tonight at the Malibu Inn.’ I’m like, ‘What is the Malibu Inn?’ He goes, ‘It is just this restaurant and hotel thing on PCH. Come down, and let’s do some Mötley songs.’ I went down. I brought my bass, and we were hanging out and talking, and then he goes, ‘I’ll be right back.’ I go, ‘Where are you going?’ and then he goes, ‘I’m going to go ahead and set up my drums.’
There he was in front of 150-200 people who had all heard about this crammed there, and he’s setting up his drums. I was like, ‘This guy is a f*cking rockstar, man. This is what it is all about. This is the real deal. That’s what I loved about him.”
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