When Roger Taylor Determined The Future Of Taylor Hawkins’ Career With Foo Fighters
Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters when Dave Grohl asked for a suggestion of a drummer for the band. Hawkins first appeared in their music video for ‘Monkey Wrench’ in 1997. Besides being the band’s drummer, he also contributed vocals, piano, and guitar for several recordings. Hawkins was a part of Foo Fighters’ nine studio albums from 1999 to 2021. Besides being voted the ‘Best Rock Drummer’ by the Rhythm magazine in 2005, Hawkins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Foo Fighters member.
The musician was inspired by impactful rockers like Rush’s Neil Peart and The Police’s Stewart Copeland. However, Queen drummer Roger Taylor was above all these names. Hawkins always talked about his admiration for Queen by mentioning that he dreamed of performing with them while growing up. He reached his goal by playing the drums for Queen while they were performing ‘We Will Rock You’ at VH1’s Rock Honors 2006.
Hawkins was also friends with Roger Taylor, who influenced him to play drums. The friendship significantly impacted Taylor Hawkins’ music career as the late drummer turned up to Taylor whenever he needed a piece of advice. When he was asked to join Guns N’ Roses, Roger Taylor was the person who made him consider that not leaving Foo Fighters was the best decision.
How Did Roger Taylor Affect Taylor Hawkins’ Decision About Guns N’ Roses?
While Taylor Hawkins was on tour for supporting ‘Nothing Left To Lose’ with Foo Fighters in 1999, his mother informed him that someone from Axl Rose’s management had called him. Axl Rose reached out to Hawkins to ask him to join the new version of Guns N’ Roses he would form. Taylor was surprised by getting a call from Axl, an experience he described as otherworldly.
He said in the past interview with Louder in his words:
“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.”
After Axl’s call, Taylor wanted to take Roger Taylor’s advice because he wanted to see the benefits between the two opinions. Roger Taylor mentioned a similar story had happened to him in the past. As he stated, the Mott The Hoople members approached him to ask whether he wanted to be a part of the band after Queen had supported them on their tour.
Although it was an excellent opportunity for Roger because Queen was not a very famous band at that time, the drummer saw potential in the group. Also, he could not have thought of playing without seeing Freddie Mercury or Brian May in front of him.
As Hawkins mentioned, Roger Taylor stressed the strong bond between him and Dave Grohl, especially when they were on the stage. As a person who had gone through the same indecision, Taylor said the connection between Hawkins and Axl Rose wouldn’t be the same as Foo Fighters. Hawkins approved Roger’s opinion by considering that there would be deficiency while playing with Axl Rose because Dave was not there.
Taylor Hawkins added in the same interview:
“And he 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.”
Taylor Hawkins’ admiration for and subsequent friendship with Roger Taylor had a massive impact on his life. Instead of joining Guns N’ Roses, he left many significant works behind him he done with Foo Fighters. As Roger Taylor affected his life, Hawkins also was an essential person for Roger as he mentored his son. As almost all rock musicians and audiences have done, Roger has always called Hawkins a great drummer.