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Rock stars reaction to the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins

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Rock stars reaction to the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins

The praised Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died at the age of 50 in Bogotá, Colombia. According to local sources he was found dead in his hotel room after the band that was just leaving to play a concert in the city that night couldn’t find him and asked for the help of the hotel workers. With the sad news of his passing many famous rock stars lamented the death of the musician that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame back in 2021 as a member of the Foo Fighters.


Rock stars reaction to the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins

Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)

“So incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. My thoughts are with his family and the band at this time.”

Geddy Lee (Rush)

“My heart is truly breaking at the news of Taylor’s passing. A sweetheart of a man that radiated good vibes, a love of music, and a total monster on the drums. He was so, so happy the night Alex and I came up onstage to play YYZ with him during the Foos show at the Air Canada Centre on March 23rd, 2008… His excitement was almost impossible for him to contain. And of course, he nailed it! Brother, you left us way, way too soon… rest in peace my friend… 💔”

Ozzy Osbourne

“@TaylorHawkinsOfficial was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side”.

Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe)

“Right now typing words has never been so difficult. Faaaaaaaaak!!!! this hits so fucking hard! Dude I just talked with you a few hours ago from your hotel room in Colombia before your concert. I wish this was some shitty dream or a bad prank that we would both laught about, but its not! You KNOW how I feel about you and how much I love you and we both know there’s no need to type it all out on social media for others to read. I love you Taylor. Rest In Beats”.

Brian May (Queen)

“No. It cannot be. Heartbroken. Taylor, you were family to us. Our friend, our brother, our beloved child. Bless you. We will miss you so bad. Bri”.

Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

“Thank you Taylor… 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. 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.”

Your phone call a week ago touched and inspired me and I will always be appreciative for you championing our community as in your parting words…. “Drummers stick together!” Damn right brother. Except now the community is lesser without you. Rest In Peace…”

Ringo Starr

“God bless Taylor peace and love to all his family and the band peace and love. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🌈☮️”

Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang)

“I can’t find the words… Taylor you were my little brother. I love you man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the band.”

Jason Bonham

“10 mins before showtime tonight I was informed about the loss of a dear friend , amazing drummer , one hell of a singer and the first guy to respond in the lock down to join in a multi drummer Bonzo Montreux . I’m devastated , god speed and give my ole man a hug for me ❤️”

Def Leppard

“RIP Taylor “I’ve just woken up to the horrible news of Taylor Hawkins’s passing. I’m in a state of shock and sadness. He was the epitome of the modern day rock star and an inspiration to kids everywhere, including this rather old one. Deepest sympathy to his family, friends and fans. Gone too soon but too good for us. – Sav” (Rick Savage)

“I just woke up to my phone buzzing like crazy … I can’t believe it …. Farewell to THE best modern drummer & free spirit on the planet, I’m devastated. – Joe” (Elliott)


“Our hearts and condolences go out to Taylor Hawkins Family and to Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters … Such a loss in the world of music … gone way too young … RIP Taylor Hawkins”.

Rick Springfield

“Sending healing prayers to Taylor’s family. A ferocious drummer and and a wonderful guy.”

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

“I woke up this morning to hear the awful news of Taylor Hawkins death. What a terrible loss to us all. He was such a lovely guy and such a brilliant player. My deepest condolences go out to his family, his band and his fans. He will be sadly missed Rest In Peace Taylor.”

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

“On this day I learned the sad news that Taylor Hawkins had passed. I had seen and heard Taylor play the drums many times with @foofighters – he shone within his powerful role in the band. After the Led Zeppelin show at the O2, I was invited to play at Wembley Stadium with the Foo Fighters on 7th June 2008.

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.”


“Such a devastating loss. REST IN PEACE Taylor! Our hearts to out to his friends and family. ‘I’m greatly saddened today after hearing the news about TAYLOR HAWKINS. He was one of those absoloutly rare people ya just couldn’t help feeling good around him. You see he loved his family and life thru and thru… And he was a ripping drummer… TAYLOR you will be missed!!’ – Joe Perry”.

Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)

“I’m heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins. He was such a nice young man. Love & Mercy to Taylor’s family and friends.”

Julian Lennon

“I read the news today, oh boy… So sad to hear of Taylor’s passing… We only met the once, but loved his way, he was an easy hang & so talented… We talked about working together, just sorry we never got around to it… Next time, next life. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends & band mates… 💔Rock in Peace 🙏🏻”


“Devastated by the loss of our friend #TaylorHawkins I’ve no words to express all the feelings I have about his passing. But my heart goes out to his family. & his band & friends. RIP Taylor ❤️”


“This just ain’t right…. Devastated to hear the news. Sending all our love and thoughts to his family, loved ones and the Foo Fighters. 💔💔”

Alice Cooper

“I got to know #TaylorHawkins thru both the Foo Fighters and his band Chevy Metal and was blessed to share the same stage with him a handful of times. Taylor drove both bands like a semi truck. There’s no one else like him. He was one of the great characters in Rock N Roll, beloved by all who knew him, and certainly one if the greatest drummers of his time. My band and I are devastated by this news and we will truly miss him. Much love from us to the Hawkins family and to the Foos and Chevy family.”

Tom Morello (Rage Agains The Machine)

“God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend.”

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