Taylor Hawkins was intimidated to be the drummer for Dave Grohl, the “greatest drummer of the 90s”
Taylor Hawkins said it was intimidating to be the drummer for Dave Grohl, one of the best drummers of the 1990s. Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana, after all. He had already formed Foo Fighters when Hawkins met him, and Hawkins was playing drums for Alanis Morissette. When Grohl needed a drummer, he called Hawkins.
However, asking Hawkins to join the band wasn’t about the music. The couple had a profound first meeting. A connection is established between them. Grohl didn’t care about Hawkins’ battery; he wanted a best friend. Thus, Hawkins had no reason to worry.
Dave Grohl Didn’t Choose Taylor Hawkins To Be The Foo Fighters Drummer Because Of His Skills
In his 2021 memoir, The storyteller: Tales of life and music (per Loud Wire), Grohl explained that he and Hawkins had a deep first meeting. Hawkins came into Grohl’s life like an F5 tornado.
“Ripping the room like an F5 tornado of overactive joy, Taylor Hawkins, my brother from another mother, my best friend, a man I’d take a bullet from,” Grohl wrote. “When we first met, our bond was immediate and we grew closer every day, every song, every note we played together.”
Essentially, it was “love at first sight” for the “unstoppable duo”.
Grohl told NME that he asked Hawkins to join Foo Fighters because of their emotional connection, not Hawkins’ drumming skills. He stated that “there is no musical audition to join the Foo Fighters. It’s a much more emotional and personal thing. You could be the best drummer in the world, but you’d never be in this band if you didn’t fit.
“Everyone in this group fits for a reason. When I met Taylor, it took two and a half minutes before we became best friends. It just happened. That’s the way in life, that he be it a best friend, a lover or someone you know you will carry for the rest of your life.
“When he joined the band, his drumming was the least important factor – I just thought I wanted to travel the world with this guy, I want to get on stage and drink beers with this person. That was my biggest concern. . »
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Hawkins found it intimidating to be in a band with Grohl, one of the best drummers
Despite having great chemistry and feeling like they were long lost brothers, it was still intimidating for Hawkins to join Foo Fighters.
During a 2021 interview on The Howard Stern Show, the radio host said, “Dave, I don’t care what Taylor says; it must be intimidating being in Foo Fighters. In the sense that you were the drummer for Nirvana, and you’re such a good drummer yourself, I’m sure, Taylor, you’re sitting there and having nightmares that he’s going to be critical, and is he critical?
Hawkins replied, “I think it’s because Dave was the drummer, and the drummer is, as you say, ‘Ah, who cares about the drummer?’ You know, it’s the hot seat. And if the concert goes badly, it’s the drummer’s fault.
“The band is only as good as its drummer,” Grohl said. Hawkins continued, “Yeah, the band is as good as its drummer, and as bad as its drummer. So like, Dave never talks about it, really, honestly. I can honestly say he never mentioned it. But it’s intimidating; there is no question.
“When I joined the band, I was super intimidated because I met Axl Rose, the first time he said, ‘How does it feel to be the drummer to the greatest drummer? 90s?’ I’m like, ‘Ah, tough.’
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Hawkins shone in Foo Fighters and finally did things he never thought he would do
On March 25, Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia. Fans and celebrities shared their tributes, including the music writer Jordan Runtagh.
He told NBC News: “I keep hearing people say he was the only guy who could shine as a the drummer in a band with Dave Grohl. It might have been hard to imagine going to a gig with Dave Grohl and not having him on drums, but Taylor was never a disappointment. He was the driving force behind it all. What a machine.
Runtagh was right; Hawkins was a machine. It might have been daunting to join Foo Fighters at first, but Hawkins ended up doing things in the group that he never thought he’d do.
“I think when we go on stage together, we naturally become hams,” Hawkins told Rolling Stone in 2021. . Let’s see how far can you go in this jam.
“I was a loud-mouthed kid and I was like, ‘I have ideas, I have ideas.’ And finally I just went, ‘You know what? You have the best ideas. And if you want an idea, you let me know. And when he wants an idea – he said like the last album, ‘Hey, I’ve got this song, ‘Sunday Rain.’ I want Paul McCartney to play drums on it.
“’I want you to sing it and write it. Here is the music. Here is a little idea of melody if you want it. And I did. And I have a song on a Foo Fighter record with me singing my lyrics, putting my Eagles and Queen harmonies all over it, with Paul McCartney playing drums. I have my own Wings song, thanks to Dave.
Hawkins had nothing to fear joining the Foo Fighters. Grohl wanted it, and that was the main thing.
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