Roger Taylor Dedicates His OBE Honor To Taylor Hawkins
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It was no secret that the late drummer Taylor Hawkins was a huge Queen fan. Hawkins would often cover their songs during Foo Fighters’ shows and even had a friendship with the members of Queen.
When the tragic news of Hawkins passing was announced, Roger Taylor was one of the people who expressed his reaction on social media saying:
“Like losing a younger favourite brother. He was a kind brilliant man and an inspirational mentor to my son Rufus and the best friend one could ever have. Devastated. Rog.”
Earlier this week, Roger Taylor accepted his Officer of the Order of the British Empire honor and while speaking about receiving it, he dedicated the award to his late friend Hawkins. Roger wrote in a social post that showed him receiving his OBE designation:
“My whole family and his whole family were very close. He was, my wife, called him, sunshine in human form. He was the most wonderful man and I can’t quite believe that I’m not going to see him again.”
Roger also expressed his appreciation for Hawkins and the impact he made on his son Rufus, who is the drummer for The Darkness:
“He’s done a lot to help my son, who’s a great drummer, and he actually sort of mentored him. We’re going to miss him so much.”
Hawkins died March 25 at age 50, while Foo Fighters were on tour in South America. An initial toxicology report showed 10 substances in his system when he passed away, according to Colombian authorities.
The late drummer’s last show with his band was at the Lollapalooza Argentina on March 20. One of the highlights of the night is when Dave Grohl called Hawkins to take the mic and sing a cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” while Grohl played the drums.
Watch the performance below.