Rock world mourns drummer Taylor Hawkins «kleinezeitung.at


The musician was found dead in a hotel in Bogotá.

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Ein anspruchsvoller Chef, so viel steht wohl fest. Doch Hawkins wurde in der mit zwölf Grammys ausgezeichneten, weltweit populären US-Hardrockband zur festen Größe, sogar zu einem der besten Schlagzeuger der Welt. Mehr als das: Im Gegensatz zu Kollegen, die hinter ihrer "Schießbude" brav den Takt angeben, feste schwitzen und ansonsten zu den weniger beachteten Bandmitgliedern gehören, war , imagePathAltText=Schlagzeuger Taylor Hawkins 50-jährig gestorben / Bild: APA/AFP/VALERIE MACON, channelBean=null, externId=-1, wordCount=770, author=, currentMpliLockRuleListStr=::, tags=, imageSource=null, blendleTier=, displayDate=Sat Mar 26 07:53:00 CET 2022, popupSizeY=0, popupType=, linkUSVTList=[], mpliId=-1, popupSizeX=0, link=, breadcrumbOverwrite=0, title=Rockwelt trauert um Schlagzeuger Taylor Hawkins, watchList=5, displayDateStr=26.03.2022 07:53, blendleJwtToken=, lines=0, teaserShort=Der Musiker wurde tot in einem Hotel in Bogotá aufgefunden., class=class at.beit.common.articlelist.ArticleVO, channelId=0, createDate=Sat Mar 26 07:53:00 CET 2022, blendleEnabled=false, policyAgencyId=481, createDateStr=26.03.2022 07:53, layoutId=-1, masterChannelId=-1, imagePathText=Taylor Hawkins wurde tot in einem Hotel in Bogotá aufgefunden. / Bild: APA/AFP/VALERIE MACON, channelName1=null, changeUser=greciavega, displayTimeStr=07:53, channelName=null, createUser=samec, linkType=, ranking=0, automaticLead=0, changeDateStr=26.03.2022 19:11, kicker=Foo Fighters, newstickerStatus=0, teaser=Der Musiker wurde tot in einem Hotel in Bogotá aufgefunden.} -->

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He had a job that many might have envied him for – or maybe not, because his task was quite delicate. Taylor Hawkins, who died unexpectedly at the age of only 50 while on tour in Colombia, has been on the drums with the Foo Fighters since 1997. And their frontman Dave Grohl, once a drummer for the grunge rock icons Nirvana, knew his way around drums, cymbals and hi-hats better than almost anyone else, he still liked to sit on the drum set himself.

A demanding boss, that much is certain. But Hawkins became a fixture in the US hard rock band, which was awarded twelve Grammys and was popular around the world, and even one of the best drummers in the world. More than that: In contrast to colleagues who dutifully set the pace behind their “shooting gallery”, sweat profusely and otherwise belong to the lesser-known band members, this musician, born on February 17, 1972, was a real show star with his own artist profile. In their Twitter message about Hawkins’ death on Saturday night, the Foo Fighters pointed directly to their drummer’s great ability and engaging charisma: “His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on forever among all of us.” The band also shared their deep sadness: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.” According to the music journal “Metal Hammer”, he leaves his wife Alison and three children together.

The US musician was found dead in a hotel in the Colombian capital Bogotá, the news magazine “Semana” initially reported online on Friday (local time). The band was supposed to perform at the Estéreo Picnic music festival there. It was initially unclear how the performances of the Foo Fighters would continue – quickly on Saturday there was talk of canceling the South American tour. The band, inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 2021, is also one of the headliners of the Nova Rock festival from June 9th to 12th at the Pannonia Fields in Nickelsdorf (Burgenland).

Although Oliver “Taylor” Hawkins was a native Texan, he grew up with lots of sand and sun in Laguna Beach (California), as the Internet encyclopedia Allmusic writes. He chose his stage name based on one of his drummer role models: Roger Taylor from the British mega-band Queen. Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Phil Collins (Genesis) also influenced the musician, who first emerged in the 90s as a member of the live band of songwriter Alanis Morissette (“Jagged Little Pill”).

Grohl, who was just starting out with his second band, Foo Fighters, recruited him from this drummer job. “Me and Dave, we seemed like two long separated brothers in a crazy way,” Hawkins recalled last year, according to NBC. “We had a similar vibe.” After the band’s second studio album “The Color and The Shape” in 1997, Hawkins was part of it – and despite some drug problems (allegedly due to his stage fright) he remained a constant in the band, which quickly became very popular because of their easy-going carefree attitude.

Despite the huge success of the alternative rockers with hits like “Best Of You”, “My Hero”, “Learn To Fly” or “All My Life”, Hawkins saw himself – not entirely unusual for drummers, see Ringo Starr, Phil Collins or Grohl himself – as an underestimated songwriter. So in 2004 he started his side project Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders, with whom he fronted and sang on several albums. In 2014, the drummer founded another project with the metal band The Birds Of Satan, in which Grohl was also involved.

The Foo Fighters offered their condolences to his wife, children and loved ones and asked that their privacy be respected at this “incredibly difficult time”.

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“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the rock band said on Twitter on Saturday night.

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Hawkins was only 50 years old. The band is scheduled to play at the Nova Rock Festival in Nickelsdorf this year.

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“His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on forever among all of us,” the band continued on Twitter.

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The relationship between the two musicians always seems to have been close. At concerts, Hawkins and Grohl would sometimes have drummer duels, or swap places on drums, guitar and vocals. Hawkins also took on the role of singer on the Foo Fighters single “Cold Day In The Sun”. And just this February, Grohl brought his weird horror comedy “Studio 666” to US cinemas, in which the Foo Fighters play the leading role – and in which Taylor Hawkins also appears prominently.

The early death of this US musician at the age of 50 is a reminder of the bloodletting that the grunge rock generation had to suffer with many sad cases: starting with Kurt Cobain (Nirvana/1994) via Layne Staley (Alice In Chains/2002) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/2017) to Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/2022). All were born since the mid-1960s and rose to fame as young savages in the ’90s.

British cult rocker Ozzy Osbourne (73, Black Sabbath) has praised Taylor Hawkins as a “great person and amazing musician”. Osbourne tweeted his condolences to Hawkins’ family, band and fans, adding: “See you on the other side – Ozzy.” In his tweet he showed a picture of Hawkins and wrote: “So tragic. Rest in peace”.






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