Why Taylor Hawkins Refused Playing Led Zeppelin Songs

Taylor Hawkins was best known as the drummer of Foo Fighters, with whom he recorded nine studio albums. Still, he was also involved in several side projects and various collaborations during his lifetime. In 2004, the drummer formed a band named Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he also sang along with playing drums. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2006, followed by their second and third albums in 2010 and 2019.

Hawkins also enjoyed playing covers from the bands that heavily influenced him. He occasionally played with a Police cover band. In 2013, when Foo Fighters decided to give a break after supporting their 2011 album, ‘Wasting Light,’ the drummer formed another band, called Chevy Metal, where they covered songs from a wide range of artists. Hawkins was known for his great admiration for Led Zeppelin, but he refused to cover their songs in his band for a reason.

Why Did Taylor Hawkins Refuse Covering Led Zeppelin Songs?

In Chevy Metal, Taylor Hawkins teamed up with his longtime friends, bassist Wiley Hodgden and the guitarist Mick Murphy. Chevy Metal became a regular live act and then evolved into the Birds of Satan, for which the band members wrote and recorded new original material rather than covers.

Chevy Metal played songs primarily rooted in rock of the ’70s era. Some of the bands they covered included Van Halen, Queen, Jane’s Addiction, Thin Lizzy, the Rolling Stones, and The Knack. The drummer was also a big fan of Led Zeppelin, and he even had a chance to perform their ‘Rock and Roll’ with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at Foo Fighter’s Wembley Stadium show in 2008.

Thus, you may expect him to have also covered Led Zeppelin songs in Chevy Metal, but he singled them out as the band whose songs he refused to play during an appearance on SiriusXM in 2019. Hawkins stated that he tried to stay away from the songs that felt like a ‘wedding-band type situation.’

Thus, they never played Led Zeppelin songs as they were too popular. The drummer stressed that so many bands were already covering their songs, so they didn’t want to be one of them. Still, he didn’t think that Zeppelin songs were easy to cover, but they didn’t prefer playing them during their shows.

Taylor Hawkins speaking on why they refused to play Led Zeppelin songs:

“I try to stay away from stuff that I feel is kind of like too much of a wedding-band type situation. We do play The Knack’s ‘My Sharona’ and stuff like that, but we’d never play Led Zeppelin. I feel like everybody covers Led Zeppelin always. I’m not saying it’s easy to play. I’m just saying that we just don’t. It’s not faithful.”

You can watch the entire conversation below.