Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who has sadly passed away at the age of 50, once opened up about frontman Axl Rose trying to recruit him into rival rock band Guns N’ Roses
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Taylor Hawkins could have had a very different career if he had accepted Axl Rose.
The Foo Fighters drummer, who tragically died aged 50, was once poached by the Guns N’ Roses frontman who was keen to recruit him into the band.
Axl reached out to Taylor when the Foos were in London to promote their 1999 album There Is Nothing Left To Lose, and the drummer got a call from his mother saying Guns N’ Roses management had called and asked about him.
Taylor once told it Louder sound : “Axl was trying to put together a new version of Guns N’ Roses and I think he was looking around for people. They wanted to know if I would come in and try it or whatever. It was kind of otherworldly.”
Unsure of what to do, he turned to his idol and friend, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, for advice.
And he had a story to tell him.
Roger shared how he faced a similar decision in the early ’70s when former Mott The Hoople singer Ian Hunter and guitarist Mick Ronson wanted to recruit him for a new band they would call Hunter Ronson Taylor.
Queen wasn’t yet a superstar and Roger considered the offer, but said he realized he wouldn’t do well looking at the stage and not seeing Freddie Mercury and Brian May in front of him.
Taylor added, “And he said, ‘I see you and Dave [Grohl] on stage and there’s something you can’t buy there. There’s something between you guys that maybe isn’t there with Axl Rose.” And he was right.”
Referring to his friend, Taylor continued, “Through all our trials and tribulations, Dave is like a brother. Every time we go on stage we nod and look at each other and say, ‘Okay, let’s go.’ We’ll get in the ring together.”
Dave had recruited Taylor into the band after a falling out with drummer William Goldsmith caused him to quit.
At the time, Taylor was the drummer for Alanis Morrisette, and while Dave wanted him for his own line-up, he didn’t think Taylor would give up the gig.
He once told LA radio station 95.5 Klos, “When it came time to start looking for a drummer, I wished he would, but I didn’t think he would leave Alanis Morissette because she was too.” was the greatest artist in the world at the time.
“So when I called him and said, ‘Hey, I’m looking for a drummer,’ he said, ‘You know I’m your type.’ And I think it had more to do with our personal relationship than anything musical.
“And to be honest, it still does. Our musical relationship, the basis of that is our friendship and that’s why we’re so connected when we jump on stage and play because we’re like best friends and it’s great. “
Describing the moment they met, Dave added: “Oh my god. When we first met, we were backstage on a radio show and he walked up with a beer in hand.
“He’s like, ‘Hey man, what’s up? I’m Taylor, I’m playing with Alanis Morissette. Dude I love your record it’s so cool!’ I thought, ‘Wow, you’re either my twin or my spirit animal or my best friend!’
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“The first 10 seconds I met him. And of course I had seen him play the drums and I thought he was a great drummer.”
Foo Fighters shared the tragic news that Taylor passed away yesterday.
They said in a statement: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.
“His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on in all of us forever.
“Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect at this unimaginably difficult time.”
Taylor was found dead in a hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, where the band was scheduled to play at a festival.
According to Colombian officials, Taylor had traces of 10 different drugs in his body when he died.
Health chiefs in Bogota say he suffered a suspected heart attack, likely the result of an overdose.
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