Oliver Taylor Hawkins February 17, 1972 – March 25, 2022 was a drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, with whom he released nine studio albums between 1999 and 2021. He was the touring drummer for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette before joining the band in 1997, as well as the drummer in the advanced experimental band Sylvia.
Oliver Taylor Hawkins made his debut into the world on February 17, 1972, in the city of Fort Worth, Texas. In 1976, he moved his family west to California, where they eventually made their home in Laguna Beach. Jason and Heather are Hawkins’ brothers and sisters, respectively. He received his education at Laguna Beach High. He was a huge fan of Jane’s Addiction and Roger Taylor of Queen when he was a teenager, and he was influenced musically by Stewart Copeland of the Police.
Hawkins has known Jon Davison, the current singer for the progressive rock giants Yes, since they were children. The two had known one another ever since they were children and had performed together in a number of bands, the most successful of which was the cover band Heavy Industry. The band performed at a wedding as well as a high school dance.
After spending their high school years performing in Heavy Industry together, Hawkins and Davison went their separate ways. During his musical career, Hawkins was a member of a number of subpar bands that, in his words, “attempted to sound like Jane’s Addiction.”
However, he eventually parted ways with the experimental band Sylvia and joined Sass Jordan as their drummer. Sylvia was situated in Orange County, California. After that, he parted ways with Sass Jordan to pursue a touring career with Alanis Morissette.
From 2005 until the time of Hawkins’ passing in 2022, he and his wife, Alison Hawkins, shared a life together as husband and wife. Oliver, Annabelle, and Everleigh are their three little ones who they’ve brought into this world. The Hawkins family makes their home in Hidden Hills, California, which is located in close proximity to Dave Grohl’s residence in Encino.
In 2001, Hawkins had a heroin overdose that threw him into a coma for a period of two weeks. Following the occurrence, he made it clear that he was not an addict or a junkie, but rather that he had been partying a lot recently.
In 2005, while Hawkins was touring with the Foo Fighters in support of There Is Nothing Left to Lose, his mother called him and informed him that someone from Guns N’ Roses had called asking for him. At the time, Hawkins was in London with the Foo Fighters. It has come to light that Axl Rose was investigating potential new members for Guns N’ Roses in order to put together a new lineup for the band.
They sent an invitation to Hawkins to come try out for the role. Hawkins sought guidance from Queen bassist Roger Taylor by calling him. He said: “I watch you and Dave performing onstage, and there is something that is not for sale in that venue. Something exists between the two of you that might not be present between Axl Rose and himself.” After giving the advice of his hero and now friend some thought, Hawkins decided to continue with Foo Fighters.
Career with Alanis Morissette
During the “Can’t Not” tour that Canadian musician Alanis Morissette did in 1995 and 1996, Hawkins served as the drummer for the band. His appearances in Morissette’s music videos include “You Oughta Know,” “All I Really Want,” and “You Learn,” among others. Before receiving the life-changing phone call from Dave Grohl, Hawkins had played for Alanis Morissette for the previous 18 months.
The Foo Fighters went into the recording studio in 1996 to work on their second studio album, titled “The Color and the Shape.” During the recording session, Dave Grohl and the band’s drummer at the time, William Goldsmith, got into a heated argument. After listening to Goldsmith’s drum tracks, Grohl decided to play drums for the band’s upcoming album instead of hiring a session drummer.
As a direct consequence of this, Goldsmith left the band. Grohl reached out to Taylor Hawkins to inquire as to whether or not he might suggest a drummer. Grohl had absolutely no reason to believe that Alanis Morissette, who was the most famous artist in rock at the moment, would convince Hawkins to leave her tour and join the Foo Fighters. Grohl was taken aback when Hawkins stated that he was interested in the gig. On March 18, 1997, Taylor Hawkins became a member of Foo Fighters in a formal capacity.
Career with The Foo Fighters
Alanis Morissette was the one who, ironically (see what we did there? ), correctly anticipated the next move that Hawkins would make. The Foo Fighters were one of the bands that they ran into while on tour in support of her massively successful album Jagged Little Pill. After that, she remarked to Hawkins, “Dave is eventually going to ask you to join them.” It had been that long since Grohl had contacted Hawkins.
At the beginning of 1997, the Foo Fighters were still very unknown. At that time, they performed at club performances or opened for larger, more established bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Fast forward 23 years, and the Foo Fighters have become one of the most successful bands in music. In 2008, they played before an audience of around 86,000 people per night at Wembley Stadium in London, where they had previously sold out both nights of their performance there.
In addition to that, Hawkins is a rock singer. In addition to that, he is skilled on the guitar and piano. It was a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” that was the first time he sang lead vocals with the Foo Fighters. He sang the lead vocals for the song “Cold Day in the Sun,” which was featured on the album In Your Honor. His most recent lead vocal performance was for “Sunday Rain,” which was included on the Foo Fighters’ album Concrete and Gold (2017).
At a significant number of Foo Fighters live performances, Taylor Hawkins takes the lead vocal role in at least one cover song. Additionally, he helps the band write songs with his contributions. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins are the only members of the Foo Fighters who have ever sung lead vocals for the band.
Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders was a side project for Hawkins that resulted in the release of an album of the same name in 2006. In 2007, Hawkins was a member of the SOS Allstars alongside Roger Taylor of Queen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The performance took place at Live Earth.
On the self-titled solo album that Slash released in 2010, Hawkins makes an appearance. On the song “Crucify the Dead,” which featured Ozzy Osbourne, he provided some of the background vocals.
During the time when the Foo Fighters were taking a break, Hawkins was performing with a cover band called Chevy Metal. The band covered songs by artists such as ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Van Halen, and Black Sabbath, among others. The band Chevy Metal is still performing at county fairs and pizza joints in the Los Angeles region. Chris Shiflett, a member of Foo Fighters, is currently the guitarist for Chevy Metal, and Dave Grohl, a member of Foo Fighters, makes guest appearances with the band.
Since joining the Foo Fighters in 1999, Taylor Hawkins has contributed to eight studio albums, 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. The first of these albums was released in 1999, and the most recent was released in 2015. (2017).
According to public records, Hawkins’ former home in Topanga Canyon, California, was a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,728 square foot residence that he purchased in May of 2000 for $585,000. MTV Cribs showcased this residence. Hawkins and his wife sold this house and relocated because they needed more space.
Hawkins paid $2.7 million for a Hidden Hills estate in 2012. The 7,000-square-foot mansion and guest house are located at the end of a cul-de-sac on more than an acre. High ceilings, an immense granite fireplace in the living area, two master bedroom suites, and five en suite bedrooms characterise the residence. There is a barn, equestrian stables, a large lawn, mature trees, and a swimming pool with a spa on the property. Howie Mandel once owned the estate, which was advertised for $3.099 million.
What was Taylor Hawkins’ Net Worth?
At the time of his passing in March 2022, the American musician Taylor Hawkins had a net worth that was estimated to be in the range of $40 million dollars. Taylor’s untimely passing occurred on March 25, 2022, when she was fifty years old.
After playing drums for Alannis Morrisette during her Can’t Not Tour, which was in promotion of her blockbuster hit album Jagged Little Pill, Taylor Hawkins joined the rock band Foo Fighters in 1997 as the band’s permanent drummer. Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders was the name of a side music project that he was involved in.