Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary since Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins passed away. It is always devastating when a beloved musician leaves us, but news of Hawkins’ death rattled the metal and rock communities tremendously.
Hawkins was an incredible human being who brought joy into people’s lives through his music and personality. As we reflect on the late drummer, we thought to share a special moment from the Foo Fighter’s 2021 Rock Hall induction ceremony.
After being introduced by Paul McCartney at their Rock Hall ceremony, each member of the Foo Fighters came up to the microphone and provided their own speech.
At the start of his speech, Hawkins begins by saying “First I’d like to thank Dave [Grohl], ’cause none of this would’ve happened if it wasn’t for Dave.” The drummer then goes on to thank and express his love for his family.
As the passionate music fan he was, it is very much in Hawkins’ character that, toward the end of his speech, he shouts out a few acts that he would like to see be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and among the acts he mentions, two are quite prophetic considering who has been nominated to enter the Rock Hall in 2023.
When speaking about the artists and bands he believes deserve to be inducted into the Rock Hall, Hawkins says: The late James Mason of Roy Ayers Ubiquity band, and the late George Michael and Soundgarden.
It looks like Hawkins’ wish may be granted as both acts have been nominated for induction into the 2023 Rock Hall of Fame. So there is a chance that both George Michael and Soundgarden could be inducted into the Rock Hall two years after Hawkins made this speech.
Taylor was such a beautiful soul who was driven to create art and give back to others. Per Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Hawkins secretly spent thousands of dollars buying drum gear for kids who couldn’t afford it – that’s just a small taste of Hawkins’ wonderful heart.
It’s tough to imagine that it’s already been a year since Taylor passed away. We love and miss you very much, Taylor.