The sudden passing of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins in Bogotá on Friday has reverberated throughout the music world. In the hours since his death, countless musicians have offered tributes and remembrances of Hawkins on social media.

The Dave Grohl-fronted band’s official statement on Hawkins’ death was brief and straightforward, lauding his “musical spirit and infections laughter” with stoic sincerity, but Grohl’s best-selling collection of tales from the road, 2021’s The Storyteller, goes into much greater detail about his earnest love and appreciation for the late drummer.

“Tearing through the room like an F5 tornado of hyperactive joy was Taylor Hawkins,” he wrote, “my brother from another mother, my best friend, a man from whom I would take a bullet,” Grohl added. “Upon our first meeting, our bond was immediate, and we grew closer with every day, every song, every note that we played together. I am not afraid to say that our chance meeting was a kind of love at first sight, igniting a musical ‘twin flame’ that still burns to this day. Together, we have become an unstoppable duo, onstage and off, in pursuit of any and all adventure we can find. We are absolutely meant to be, and I am grateful that we found each other in this lifetime.”

“During his stint as Alanis Morissette’s drummer, long before he became a Foo Fighter, we would bump into each other backstage at festivals all over the world, and our chemistry was so obvious that even Alanis herself once asked him, ‘What are you going to do when Dave asks you to be his drummer?’” Grohl wrote. “Part Beavis and Butthead, part Dumb and Dumber, we were a hyperactive blur of Parliament Lights and air drumming wherever we went.”

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A chorus of the most beloved and notable figures in music and beyond have voiced their devastation about the the sudden death of Taylor Hawkins, from rock heroes of previous generations like Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones), and Ringo Starr (The Beatles) to lauded contemporaries like Pearl JamThe Smashing PumpkinsLars Ulrich (Metallica) and beyond.

Scroll through some of the many heartfelt tributes to Taylor Hawkins from his rocker peers below. We’ll miss you, Taylor.


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