Taylor Hawkins‘ sudden death back in March sent shock waves around the world. Anyone who loved music, Foo Fighters fan or not, seemed to feel the loss. The guy just loved music. He seemed to be in his own personal nirvana behind the kit, flashing that radiant smile every single time he had sticks in his hands.
And we think that’s why he is (and was) so beloved- because he embodied the joy of music. The joy of creating it, the joy of listening to it, the joy of playing it, and the joy of seeing the effect that one’s own music can have on others. And it appears that Taylor Hawkins’ son, Oliver Shane Hawkins (who goes by Shane), has inherited that joy as well.
Now, some amazing footage of Oliver’s drumming has surfaced. The video was captured at a recent 4th of July celebration. Fittingly, Shane is playing drums to a cover of the iconic Foo Fighters song, ‘My Hero.’
While the TikTok video is relatively short, it’s still enough to see Shane nail it. We have to imagine his father is incredibly proud.
Watch Taylor Hawkins’ son drum to ‘My Hero.’
@lagtownsfinest The hawk wouldve been proud 🦅 #taylorhawkins #foofighters #fyp ♬ original sound – Lagtownsfinest
Not much is still known about Taylor’s tragic passing other than the official statement put out by the Foo Fighters in March:
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”
In his short time on this earth (he was tragically just 50 years old when he passed), he still managed to achieve a wealth of musical accomplishments. Beyond Foo Fighters, he was involved in several other creative projects throughout his career. To name a few examples of his incredible work: He recorded drum tracks for Coheed and Cambria, he was part of a band called SOS Allstars (which involved Roger Taylor of Queen and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers), and he released three albums under his own project, titled Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders.
The Foo Fighters drummer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney with Foo Fighters last year as well.