Taylor Hawkins (born Oliver Taylor Hawkins on February 17, 1972 at Harris Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas) is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters.
Prior to joining the band in 1997, he was previously the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette on her Jagged Little Pill tour, as well as the drummer for a short-lived experimental band called Sylvia. He has also founded a band named Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, in which he plays drums and sings.
Hawkins has said that his drumming has been influenced by Roger Taylor of Queen and Stewart Copeland of The Police. He has recently been voted "Best Rock Drummer" 2005 by UK drumming magazine Rhythm.
After touring through the spring of 1996, the band entered a Seattle studio with producer Gil Norton to record its second album. Conflict erupted between Dave Grohl and then drummer, William Goldsmith, eventually causing Goldsmith to leave the band. The band regrouped in Los Angeles and almost completely re-recorded the album with Grohl on drums. The album, The Colour and the Shape, was released on May 20, 1997. In need of a drummer, Grohl contacted Alanis Morissette's touring drummer Taylor Hawkins to see if he could recommend anybody. Grohl was surprised when Hawkins volunteered himself. Hawkins made his Foo debut in time for the album's release. He has remained the band's drummer since then.
In addition to his drumming duties with the Foo Fighters, Hawkins co-wrote and sang on the band's latest double-album, In Your Honor. He also occasionally provides backing vocals during the band's live performances and will often play guitar and provide lead vocals for several songs while Dave Grohl takes over on drums.
Hawkins provided lead vocals on the track "Cold Day in the Sun" on the acoustic side of In Your Honor.
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