Jimmy Page, Elton John and more pay tribute to the late Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins

music news 28/03/2022

Over the weekend, musicians and the world alike were shocked by the saddening passing of Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins. 

With an outpouring of admiration and support, many legends of the music world spoke out about their love for Hawkins. 

"After the Led Zeppelin show at the O2, I was invited to play at Wembley Stadium with the Foo Fighters on 7th June 2008." Said Jimmy Page.

"We played Rock and Roll with Taylor on turbocharged vocals and Dave on drums and then for Ramble On they swapped, with Taylor on drums and Dave Grohl on vocals. We put in some serious versions of these two songs. It was so good to play with him. I really admired him and he was a brilliant musician: his technique, his energy and spirited enthusiasm. On this sad day, I would like to send my condolences to his family, his band members in the Foos and his fans."

Posting on Twitter, Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne said Hawkins "was truly a great person and an amazing musician", with Slash simply writing "I have no words".

Jimmy Barnes shared a photo of the pair rocking out on stage with shock to the news. 

Posting on social media, Stevie Nicks began by sharing how Hawkins always visited her shows.

"He and his best friend Dave even let me be a Foo Fighter for a little while. We recorded a kick a** version of Gold Dust Woman (live) and at the end of the song I yelled out ‘Best Gold Dust Woman ever.’ And I meant it… Taylor was very handsome and he was very cute…He had a huge heart and a glorious smile. When he walked into the room, everyone looked up. When he left the room, everyone was sad…Don’t forget us, ‘ T.’ We’ll be right here."

“Thank you for always having the biggest warmest smile on your face and for lighting up every room with your infectious energy and good vibes" wrote Metallica's Lars Ulrich.

"At BottleRock recently, I had the best seat in the house right above you and once again stood in amazement watching as you effortlessly steered Foo Fighters through a two hour festival set with the perfect balance of swing, swagger, bounce and insane chops."

Elton John also paid tribute to to Hawkins, dedicating 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me' to the drummer at his Iowa concert.