Queen’s Roger Taylor dedicated his OBE to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, describing him as “sunshine in human form”.
The 72-year-old, who Hawkins credited as one of his main musical influences, also revealed that the 50-year-old had acted as a mentor to his own son.
Taylor’s 31-year-old son Rufus is the drummer for the English rock band The Darkness.
After receiving his honor from the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, the Queen musician paid tribute to “one (of his) dearest friends” and said he would “happily” dedicate the award to Hawkins.
Taylor said he is still “devastated” and trying to come to terms with the fact that he will “never see him again” after Hawkins’ death was announced on Saturday.
Speaking to his wife Sarina after the ceremony, Taylor said: “We are still so upset about this and absolutely devastated.
“My whole family and his whole family were very close. He was, as my wife called him, sunshine in human form. He was the most wonderful man and I can’t quite believe I won’t be seeing him again.
“He’s done a lot to help my son, who’s a great drummer, and even mentored him in a way. We will miss him so much.”
Taylor, who is often ranked as one of the greatest drummers in rock history for his unique sound, said he was met with “disbelief” at the news that he was made an OBE.
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He added, “But it was a nice job.”
Visiting the royal residence, he joked: “That’s a nice gaff, isn’t it?”, adding that it was “nice” to receive the honor from Charles.
Along with frontman Freddie Mercury, Taylor was one of the founding members of Queen in 1970 after turning down an opportunity to become Genesis’ drummer that same year.
He helped write some of the band’s biggest hits and co-wrote the UK number one hits Under Pressure, These Are The Days Of Our Lives and Innuendo.
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