A tribute to Taylor Hawkins


Kelsey Riemer

left to right: Rami Jaffee, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Nate Mendel onstage at BottleRock Napa Valley 2021

Life is funny. If you don’t laugh, you’re in trouble.” – Taylor Hawkins


Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel onstage at BottleRock Napa Valley 2021 (Kelsey Riemer)

On Mar. 25, 2022, Oliver Taylor Hawkins passed away. Better known as Taylor Hawkins, the loss of the legendary drummer, singer, musician, and person was unexpected and shattering. The Foo Fighters drummer left behind family, friends, fans, and a legacy ranging from drumming and singing to fatherhood and friendship.

While part of the Foo Fighters, Taylor and the band (Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, and Rami Jaffee) made nine albums and one horror movie (Studio 666), won 12 Grammys, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. 

Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear goof around onstage at BottleRock Napa Valley 2021 (Kelsey Riemer)

Influenced by Roger Taylor of Queen, Ringo Starr of The Beatles, and Stewart Copeland of The Police, every drop of what Taylor contributed to the music world was the embodiment of pure magnificence. His flailing arms and reverberating beat, echoing through venues for 25 years, and his infectious smile at the pure joy of creating and performing music will never be forgotten. 

Not only was Taylor an incredible drummer and an inspiration to many, his laughter and energy were unmatched onstage and off. Those who were lucky enough to see him perform will likely never forget the experience. His classic look, a tank top and long blonde hair, and the passion with which he drummed and sang will always be iconic.

Taylor Hawkins, you left this world too soon. We will forever miss your spirit, talent, and your impeccable cover of “Somebody to Love” by Queen. Your flawless drumming on “Everlong”- the last and one of the most meaningful songs you ever played – will resonate in the hearts of millions for years to come. From everyone whose lives were touched by your music and love, rest in peace, Taylor Hawkins.