Professionally known as Taylor Hawkins, Oliver Taylor Hawkins was a musician born in Fort Worth, Texas, United States to Terry Hawkins and Elizabeth Ann Hawkins. Taylor has a brother named Jason Hawkins and a sister named Heather Hawkins.
Taylor was a singer, a songwriter, a drummer, a percussionist, a pianist and a guitarist. Here are 13 more things about him:
- In 1976, he, his parents and his siblings moved from Fort Worth to Laguna Beach, California, USA.
- In 1990, he graduated from Laguna Beach High School in Laguna Beach. While attending the school, he was friends with Jon Davison, a musician born in Laguna Beach.
- From June 1995 to March 1997, he was Alanis Morisette‘s drummer on two tours.
- On March 18, 1997, he officially joined the Foo Fighters as the rock band’s drummer. Between 1999 and 2021, the band recorded eight studio albums.
- In August 2001, he overdosed on heroin, which left him in a coma for two weeks.
- In 2004, he formed his own side project called Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, which has three studio albums released in 2006, in 2010 and in 2019.
- In 2005, he married Alison Hawkins. They lived in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles County, California with their three children Oliver Hawkins, Annabelle Hawkins and Everleigh Hawkins. In 2012, they moved to Hidden Hills, California.
- He provided backing vocals on “Crucify the Dead“, a song by Saul “Slash” Hudson featuring Ozzy Osbourne. It was one of the songs from Slash’s debut solo album “Slash,” which was released on March 31, 2010.
- In 2013, he formed a rock cover band called Chevy Metal while the Foo Fighters was on break.
- In 2016, he released his debut solo extended play titled “Kota.”
- In 2020, he formed the supergroup NHC with Jane’s Addiction members Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney. The band’s sole album is due for release in 2022.
- In 2021, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Foo Fighters member. In the same year, the band recorded an album due for release in 2022. He was featured playing drums on “E-Ticket“, one of the songs in Elton John‘s fifth collaborative album “The Lockdown Sessions“, which was released on October 22, 2021.
- Released on February 25, 2022, “Studio 666” marked his acting debut. The comedy horror film also starred his Foo Fighters bandmates Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee. On March 20, 2022, the Foo Fighters performed at the Lollapalooza Argentina festival, which marked his final performance with the band. On March 25, 2022, the band was supposed to perform at the Estéreo Picnic Festival in Bogota, Colombia. However, that day, he was found dead inside the Casa Medina hotel in Bogota. He ingested a cocktail of narcotics and suffered cardiovascular collapse, according to investigators. He died at the age of 50.