Taylor Hawkins was a musician from the United States who died in March 2022 with a net worth of $40 million dollars. Taylor passed away on March 25, 2022, at the age of 50.
After traveling with Alannis Morrisette on her Can’t Not Tour in support of her blockbuster hit album Jagged Little Pill, Taylor Hawkins joined the drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters in 1997. Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders was another side project of his.
Oliver Taylor Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 17, 1972. In 1976, he and his family migrated to Laguna Beach, California. Jason and Heather Hawkins are Hawkins’ two siblings.
He was a graduate of Laguna Beach High School. Stewart Copeland of the Police impacted him as a youth, and he was a huge fan of Queen’s Roger Taylor and Jane’s Addiction.
Taylor Hawkins was a boyhood buddy of Jon Davison, the current singer for prog giants Yes. They’d known each other since they were kids and had been in various bands together, the greatest of which being the Heavy Industry cover band.
The band performed at high school dances as well as at a wedding. After performing in Heavy Industry in high school, Hawkins and Davison’s paths diverged.
Hawkins was a member of a lot of awful bands that “tried to sound like Jane’s Addiction,” as he put it. He joined the experimental band Sylvia but departed to join Sass Jordan as their drummer. He then went on tour with Alanis Morissette, leaving Sass Jordan behind.
A career with Alanis Morissette
In 1995 and 1996, Hawkins was the drummer for Canadian musician Alanis Morissette on her “Can’t Not” tour. He starred in Morissette’s music videos for “You Oughta Know,” “All I Really Want,” and “You Learn,” among others.
Hawkins spent 18 months with Alanis Morissette before receiving a tragic phone call from Dave Grohl.
Foo Fighters went into the studio in 1996 to create their second album, The Color, and the Shape. During the making of the album, Dave Grohl and then-drummer William Goldsmith got into an argument.
Grohl fully re-recorded the album with Grohl on drums after hearing Goldsmith’s drum sounds. As a result, Goldsmith left the band.
Grohl contacted Taylor Hawkins to ask for a drummer recommendation. Alanis Morissette was the biggest rock star at the time, and Grohl had no idea Hawkins would abandon her tour to join Foo Fighters.
Hawkins expressed interest in the task, much to Grohl’s astonishment. On March 18, 1997, Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters for the first time.
A career with The Foo Fighters
Alanis Morissette, ironically (see what we did there?) foresaw Hawkins’ next action. They met the Foo Fighters while on tour in support of her massive hit album Jagged Little Pill.
“Dave is going to ask you to join them someday,” she informed Hawkins afterward. Grohl didn’t call Hawkins until a year later.
The Foo Fighters were still relatively unknown in early 1997, playing club shows or opening for bigger, more established bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Fast forward 23 years and the Foo Fighters are one of the most popular rock bands, having sold-out Wembley Stadium in London for two nights in 2008, playing to an estimated 86,000 fans each night.
Hawkins also performs as a rock singer. He is also a guitarist and pianist. A cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” was his first solo vocal with the Foo Fighters. From In Your Honor, he provided lead vocals on the original song “Cold Day in the Sun.”
He most recently provided lead vocals on the Foo Fighters’ 2017 album Concrete and Gold’s “Sunday Rain.” Hawkins sings lead vocals on at least one cover song throughout many Foo Fighters live gigs.
He also contributes to the band’s songwriting. Only Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins have sang lead vocals for the Foo Fighters.
Hawkins’ side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders released a self-titled album in 2006. Hawkins was a member of the SOS Allstars at Live Earth in 2007, alongside Roger Taylor of Queen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Hawkins is included on Slash’s 2010 solo album Slash. On the track “Crucify the Dead,” featuring Ozzy Osbourne, he contributed background vocals.
During the Foo Fighters’ hiatus, Hawkins was a member of Chevy Metal, a cover band that performed lesser-known ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Queen, and Black Sabbath songs.
Chevy Metal continues to perform at county fairs and pizza joints in the Los Angeles area. Chris Shiflett, a former member of the Foo Fighters, currently plays guitar for Chevy Metal, and Dave Grohl occasionally appears in the band.
Hawkins has appeared on eight albums with the Foo Fighters, 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 (2016). (2017).
Hawkins has also appeared in the documentaries Back and Forth, Sound City, and the HBO series Sonic Highways, which was based on the Foo Fighters album of the same name.
Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Hawkins’ band, released their most recent album, Get the Monkey, in November 2019.
Several vocalists contribute guest vocals, including LeAnn Rimes, who sings on the single “C U In Hell.”
Rimes and Hawkins are neighbors, and their children attend the same school. He asked her if she wanted to sing on a “psychedelic stoner rock song” he was working on for his new album one day.
She answered yes, much to his amazement. Rimes is said to have recorded the song while lying down on the studio floor.
Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, one of Taylor’s high school faves, contributes vocals to the record. In “I Really Blue It,” Farrell sings.
With Hawkins’ numerous side projects, especially those in which he is the vocalist, one has to wonder if the drummer for one of the most well-known rock bands was simply a disgruntled frontman.
“Am I a frustrated frontman?” he said in an interview about his new record. To a certain degree, yes.”
Hawkins was married to Alison Hawkins from 2005 till his death in 2022. Oliver, Annabelle, and Everleigh are their three children. The Hawkins family lives in Hidden Hills, California not far from Encino, where Dave Grohl lives.
Hawkins overdosed on heroin in 2001 and spent two weeks in a coma. He later explained that he wasn’t an addict or a junkie and that he’d just been partying a lot.
Hawkins was in London with the Foo Fighters in support of There Is Nothing Left To Lose in 2005 when his mother called to tell him that someone from Guns N’ Roses had called and wanted to speak with him.
It comes out that Axl Rose was looking into people when putting together a new Guns N Roses lineup.
Hawkins was invited to come to try out. Hawkins sought advice from Queen’s Roger Taylor. “I watch you and Dave onstage, and there’s something you can’t get anywhere else,” he remarked.
There’s something between you two that Axl Rose might not have.” Hawkins listened to his idol’s comments and decided to stay with Foo Fighters.
Hawkins’ previous mansion in Topanga Canyon, California, was a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,728 square foot home that he bought for $585,000 in May of 2000, according to public records.
On MTV Cribs, this house was highlighted. Hawkins and his wife decided to sell this house and move because they needed more space.
Hawkins paid $2.7 million for a Hidden Hills estate in 2012. At the end of a cul-de-sac, the 7,000 square foot house and guest house lie on more than an acre.
High ceilings, a huge granite fireplace in the living area, two master bedroom suites, and five en suite bedrooms are among the home’s highlights.
A barn, horse facilities, a spacious lawn, mature trees, and a swimming pool with a Jacuzzi are all on the property. Howie Mandel once owned the property, which was offered for $3.099 million.