Foo Fighters fans call Rufus Taylor the 'right' choice to takeover as drummer

Eve Edwards September 4, 2022
Foo Fighters fans call Rufus Taylor the 'right' choice to takeover as drummer
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It was a huge night at Wembley Stadium as some of rock music’s biggest stars paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins, with the likes of Rufus Taylor, Travis Barker, and Shane Hawkins joining Foo Fighters in his stead.

Saturday, September 3 saw Wembley taken over by some of the living legends of rock music as they joined together to pay tribute to their late friend, Taylor Hawkins. Hawkins passed away earlier this year at the age of 50. He was found dead in the Four Seasons hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, days before he was scheduled to play with the Foo Fighters.

A number of drummers took to the stage alongside Dave Grohl, who played the drums himself at other points in the star-studded set, but the stand-out of the night was undeniably The Darkness’ Rufus Taylor. Already, Foo Fighters fans are pitting him as a suitable choice to join the band in the future.

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Rufus Taylor joins Foo Fighters in tribute concert

On Saturday night (September 3), Rufus Taylor was one of several drummers joining the Foo Fighters on stage in their first live performance since Taylor Hawkins passed away on March 25, 2022.

The Darkness drummer Rufus Taylor joined Foo Fighters on stage for an emotional rendition of “Best Of You” and “These Days”.

Josh Freese joined the band for “Times Like These” and “All My Life”. Blink 182’s Travis Barker featured as the drummer for “The Pretender” and “Monkey Wrench”. TikTok sensation, and now friend of the band, Nandi Bushell appeared to perform “Learn to Fly”. Rufus Taylor was the fourth drummer to appear, welcomed to the stage by Dave Grohl who described the drummer as a “real member of the Foo Fighters”. Omar Hakim joined as drummer while Sir Paul McCartney and Chrissie Hynde took to the stage, before one of the concert’s most emotional moments of the night, the inclusion of Shane Hawkins in the line-up.

Shane Hawkins, 16, appeared with Foo Fighters to perform “My Hero”, taking up the spot in the band previously occupied by his late father.

Not only is Rufus Taylor the spitting image of the late Taylor Hawkins, but the two have a connection that runs deeper than a shared passion for drums.

Rufus is the son of Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor OBE. Hawkins, being a mega Queen fan, knew Roger Taylor and the pair were friends. In a tribute to Hawkins posted on Instagram, Rufus Taylor reveals that he had met his “hero” Taylor Hawkins when he was just six years old.

“Taylor, you were my big brother, my hero, my mentor, life support, the reason I’m in this business, you were everything to me. The kindest, most generous and hilarious person I know who had time for everyone around you. And of course the most ridiculous drummer on the planet. Beautiful style to watch. Stay loose but hit em hard! We met when I was 6 and I looked up to you ever since. So many memories of us laughing together, all seared into my mind forever,” Rufus Taylor wrote in the post. He also called him “big bro”.

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Rufus joins his father on stage for an epic Queen performance

As Roger Taylor was friends with the late Taylor Hawkins, he appeared at the tribute concert in London alongside his Queen bandmates to perform some of their biggest hits.

Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor appeared at Wembley to perform a five-song set including “We Will Rock You”, “Under Pressure” and “Somebody To Love”. The latter song was one of Taylor Hawkins’ favourite songs. Foo Fighters fans will fondly remember Hawkins often adding “Somebody To Love” to the band’s sets, taking over as the lead vocalist from Dave Grohl to belt out the Queen classic.

Rufus Taylor joined Queen on stage for the concert, performing alongside his father as the band’s drummer. His Darkness bandmate, singer Justin Hawkins, took over as lead singer for the 1981 classic “Under Pressure”.

Foo Fighters fans pit Rufus Taylor as a suitable new drummer

After his sterling performance at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Wembley Stadium, some Foo Fighters fans think the band may have found their new drummer – if the band are to continue making music and performing live.

Absolute Radio host Claire Sturgess tweeted: “We’re all agreed on Rufus Taylor right? It seems right. It feels right. He looks right. And he nailed it tonight.”

A fan concurred after watching the tribute concert, tweeting: “Something feels special about Rufus Taylor. The guys feel like they’re in a familiar groove with him behind the set, something missing with all these other guys on drums tonight.” They continued to add: “Plus, you know it would blow Taylor’s mind that Roger Taylor’s son would be filling his shoes.”

Check out some more reactions to Rufus Taylor’s performance with the band below:

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