Stewart Copeland Says Taylor Hawkins Was A ‘Fanboy Who Became A Hero’

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During a recent interview with CBS Mornings, the Police drummer Stewart Copeland opened up about his relationship with the late drummer Taylor Hawkins. Copeland stressed that Hawkins started his career as a fan but ultimately became a hero himself.

Taylor Hawkins proved his drumming talent to the world, especially during his tenure with Foo Fighters. Besides playing drums, he contributed to his band with vocals, guitar, and piano during multiple recordings. He also had a chance to work with other musicians like Roger Taylor and Chad Smith. The drummer was influenced by names such as Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich, and Ringo Starr, and they later became friends.

On March 25, 2022, Hawkins suffered instant chest pain in his hotel room in Bogotá while on tour with the Foo Fighters, and emergency service was called. He was lying down unconsciously when they arrived. Although they immediately intervened, the 50-year-old rocker could not be saved and passed away that day.

The successful drummer’s untimely passing has deeply saddened the entire music world. Many names from the rock scene, including Stevie Nicks and Travis Barker, expressed their condolences via social media. Also, the remaining Foo Fighters members announced a double tribute concert consisting of many iconic names like Brian May and Liam Gallagher, and the first show took place on September 3.

During a recent interview, Stewart Copeland commemorated his late friend and mentioned that Hawkins eventually became friends with every artist he was a fan of. He counted the names of Roger Taylor, Lars Ulrich, and the Rush members, saying that he managed to build a close relationship with all his heroes. According to Copeland, Taylor evolved from a fanboy to a hero.

Stewart Copeland said the following when asked how he and Taylor Hawkins became friends:

“He became friends with all of his heroes. With Roger Taylor, Lars Ulrich, and the guys from Rush. He was just a fanboy, but he rose to prominence himself as a hero himself.”

You can check out the interview below.