Taylor Hawkins Discusses Kurt Cobain’s Death and the Impact on Foo Fighters
Speaking to Music Week in support of his latest record with The Coattail Riders, the drummer (who joined the Foo Fighters in 1997) stated his belief that Dave Grohl would have become a prolific musician in two respected groups had Kurt Cobain not passed.
“I guarantee you, if for some crazy reason Kurt Cobain wouldn’t have died so early and Nirvana was still a band now, Dave would still be doing the same thing,” Hawkins explained.
“There would be a Foo Fighters, it wouldn’t be as popular because he’d be busy in Nirvana all the time, but he has to do it. He has to make Foo Fighters records. That’s just what we do.
“In Foo Fighters, my job is to just play drums,” Taylor Hawkins added. “And sort of along the lines of what the Grohlmeister wants, and he gives me room to move, but he knows what he wants, they’re his songs, and obviously he knows how to play the drums, so he knows how the fucking drums should go.”
“So, my role in that band is to fulfil his desires for the rhythm section of the band while he’s up front doing what he does. That is enough for me in the Foo Fighters, I get to sing a little bit here and there and that’s great!”