The first time I saw Taylor Hawkins, I was stunned.
It was 1997, and the Foo Fighters were playing Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland on The Colour and the Shape tour.
I knew William Goldsmith was gone and was replaced with Alanis Morrisette’s drummer.
What I didn’t know was what kind of statement Dave Grohl was about to make concerning the new guy.
They opened with both beating the hell out of separate drum kits. In time. Together. Just bashing everything in sight.
The first thing I thought was, “How cool, I’m standing up by the stage watching Dave Grohl play drums.”
The next was, “Jesus … who’s the other guy beating the shit out of his drums as insanely as Grohl?”
Taylor Hawkins, who died has died at the age of 50, spent the next more than 20 years doing one of the hardest jobs in rock music:
Playing drums in the same band with a guy who might have redefined rock drumming during the 1990s;
The guy who secretly re-did the last guy’s drum tracks in the studio on the Foos’ second record, because they weren’t good enough.
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