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Musicians pay tribute to ‘wonderful’ Hawkins

Fellow musicians have paid tribute to “incredible talent” Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters drummer who has died aged 50.

Hawkins was hailed as a “generous and cool person” as well as being an “amazing musician” and “unstoppable rock power”.

Hawkins’ death was announced by the band on Friday in the midst of a festival tour of South America.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed he spoke to Hawkins on the phone just last week.

“At BottleRock recently, I had the best seat in the house right above you and once again stood in amazement watching as you effortlessly steered Foo Fighters through a two hour festival set with the perfect balance of swing, swagger, bounce and insane chops,” Ulrich wrote.

“Your phone call a week ago touched and inspired me and I will always be appreciative for you championing our community as in your parting words… ‘Drummers stick together!’

“Damn right brother. Except now the community is lesser without you.”

Mick Jagger also expressed his sadness at the news of Hawkins’ passing.

Led Zeppelin supremo Jimmy Page was another to take to social media, writing about a performance he did with the Foo Fighters in 2008.

“We played Rock and Roll with Taylor on turbocharged vocals and Dave on drums and then for Ramble On they swapped, with Taylor on drums and Dave Grohl on vocals,” he wrote.

“We put in some serious versions of these two songs.

“It was so good to play with him. I really admired him and he was a brilliant musician: his technique, his energy and spirited enthusiasm.”

Miley Cyrus, who was part of the line-up alongside Foo Fighters at the Estereo Picnic festival in Bogota, Columbia, said she would dedicate her Saturday show to him.

“My favorite memory of Taylor is dancing round the drum kit while he played this song …” she posted on story, with a picture of Pretenders song Brass In Pocket.

“Playing it on repeat, imagining us laughing forever.”

Members of rock band Nickelback said they were in “utter disbelief” at the news.

“Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others,” the band tweeted.

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello praised Hawkins’ “unstoppable rock power” in his own online tribute.

“I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend.”

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr also expressed his condolences and wished “peace and love” for those close to Hawkins.

Oscar-nominated producer Finneas O’Connell said “the world was lucky” to have experienced Hawkins’ “gifts”.

“So heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins’ passing, what an incredible talent, who didn’t also need to be so kind and generous and cool but was all those things too anyway,” he said.

British rocker Ozzy Osbourne praised Taylor Hawkins as a “great person and an amazing musician” and promised to “see him on the other side”.

Bill Idol said the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was “so tragic”.

Rock band The Smashing Pumpkins tweeted: “Taylor Hawkins 1972-2022.

“Our deepest sympathies to Taylor’s family, his fans, and of course his band.”

Rock band The Offspring said “one of rock’s greatest drummers” had been lost.

The US embassy in Bogota also expressed its “sincerest condolences” to the drummer’s family, friends and fans.

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