In 1995 and 1996, Hawkins was the drummer for Canadian musician Alanis Morissette on her "Can't Not" tour. He starred in Morissette's music videos for "You Oughta Know," "All I Really Want," and "You Learn," among others.
Hawkins spent 18 months with Alanis Morissette before receiving a tragic phone call from Dave Grohl. On March 18, 1997, Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters for the first time.
The Foo Fighters were still relatively unknown in early 1997, playing club shows or opening for bigger, more established bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Fast forward 23 years, and the Foo Fighters are one of the most popular rock bands, having sold out Wembley Stadium in London for two nights in 2008, playing to an estimated 86,000 fans each night.
Hawkins also performs as a rock singer. He is also a guitarist and pianist. A cover of Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar" was his first solo vocal with the Foo Fighters.
From In Your Honor, he provided lead vocals on the original song "Cold Day in the Sun." He most recently provided lead vocals on the Foo Fighters' 2017 album Concrete and Gold's "Sunday Rain."
Hawkins sings lead vocals on at least one cover song throughout many Foo Fighters live gigs. He also contributes to the band's songwriting. Only Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins have sang lead vocals for the Foo Fighters.
During the Foo Fighters' hiatus, Hawkins was a member of Chevy Metal, a cover band that performed lesser-known ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Queen, and Black Sabbath songs.
Hawkins has appeared on eight albums with the Foo Fighters, including There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999), One by One (2002), In Your Honor (2005), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007), Wasting Light (2011), Sonic Highways (2014), Saint Cecilia (2015), and Concrete and Gold (2017).
Hawkins has also appeared in the documentaries Back and Forth, Sound City, and the HBO series Sonic Highways, which was based on the Foo Fighters' album of the same name.
Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Hawkins' band, released their most recent album, Get the Monkey, in November 2019.
Taylor Hawkins' net worth was $40 million at time of his death.
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From 2005 until the time of his death, he was married to Alison Hawkins. With her Taylor has 3 kids.
Taylor Hawkins with his wife
Children: Taylor Hawkins has 2 daughters, Annabelle Hawkins, Everleigh Hawkins and a son, Oliver Shane Hawkins.
Siblings: Taylor Hawkins has 2 brothers, Heather Hawkins and Jason Hawkins.
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At the time of his death he was living in Fort Worth
He died in Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota, Bogotá, Colombia.
"In the studio you can auto tune vocals, and with drums, you can put them on a grid and make them perfect. I hate that sound. When someone hands me a record and the drums are perfectly gridded and the vocals are perfectly auto tuned, I throw it out the window. I have no interest in rock music being like that."
"The Alanis Morissette tour, everybody thinks that was all sitting around, lighting candles and talking intelligently about synergy and big words. That band was so gnarly. We were such scumbags. Alanis had no idea. We were like Van Halen."
"I like stuff that sounds big and full and makes your head trip and your body react."
"I don't really know how to play drums, so I play them wrong. But the pro guys, they never sweat. You know if someone's gone to music school, because they don't sweat when they play drums if they have."
"I don't have perfect pitch. My drums sound like a drummer, not a drum machine."