Taylor Hawkins’ death ‘really shook him up’

Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken in an interview about the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, which has deeply upset him.

the essentials in brief

  • Brian May is devastated by the death of Taylor Hawkins.
  • The Queen guitarist and Foo Fighters drummer were close.

Brian May (74) spoke in an interview with “Welt am Sonntag” (April 24 edition) about the tragic death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins (1972-2022). “Taylor’s death really shook me. He was like a family member to me, »describes the Queen guitarist.

Hawkins worked with May on May’s second solo album in 1998, after drummer Cozy Powell (1947-1998) died in a car accident.

“Losing Cozy came as a shock after I had known Freddie years earlier [Mercury, Anm.d.Red.] had lost, »continues May.

“And at that moment, Taylor helped me, he played on the song ‘Cyborg’. He had just joined the Foo Fighters at the time. He had this incredible energy.”

He died “while I was remixing this album. He’s still alive in my mind, full of energy,” May said.

Hawkins sang Queen song at last concert

The fact that Hawkins sang the Queen hit “Somebody To Love” as an encore at his last concert still moves the guitarist today. “I watched the video again earlier. It makes me cry every time because he looks so fit and full of life in it. It’s incredibly sad,” says May.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor (72) dedicated his British order of knighthood to Hawkins as “one of his best friends” at the end of March. The 72-year-old revealed at the ceremony at Windsor Castle that the 50-year-old had acted as a mentor to his own son.

“My family and his were very close. He was, as my wife called him, sunshine in human form. He was the most wonderful person.”

Taylor Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia’s capital Bogotá on March 25. The musician was 50 years old.

First details from the toxicological investigation were published by the Colombian police and public prosecutor’s office. They state that ten different “substances” were found in the dead musician’s body.

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