Foo Fighters were still quite a ways from their stadium-level dominance when Axl Rose invited Taylor Hawkins to audition.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has a number of side hustles. Chevy Metal pops up for covers sets from time to time. And his solo project Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders just released its third album Get The Money.
In fact, Hawkins was in Riders-mode chatting with Louder Sound about how the course of rock and roll history was nearly altered when none other than W. Axl Rose came calling.
The band were in London in support of There Is Nothing Left To Lose when he got a call from his mom back in the States. Someone from Guns N’ Roses’ management had called asking for him.
“Axl was trying to get together a new version of Guns N’ Roses, and I think he was checking around for people,” he says. “They wanted to know if I would come in and try out or whatever. It was kind of otherworldly.”
If you’ve seen the Foo doc Back & Forth, you know this was not a stable time for the band. Taylor resented that Dave Grohl re-recorded half the drum tracks on that record. But Taylor received some sage advice from a rock legend to stay the course. Queen drummer Roger Taylor.
“And he said, ‘I see you and Dave onstage and there’s something you can’t buy there. There’s something between you guys that might not be there with Axl Rose.’ And he was right.’”
And Roger Taylor would know. He went through a similar situation when guys from Mott The Hoople tried to poach him from Queen.
So Taylor Hawkins stuck with everybody’s rock BFF Dave Grohl, and the Foo Fighters eventually achieved rock and roll domination. Proof that we’re not living in the darkest timeline.
Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders’ new album Get The Money is out now. It features guest appearances by Dave Grohl, Perry Ferrell (Jane’s Addiction), Roger Taylor, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), LeAnn Rimes, and more.