Godsmack frontman Sully Erna recently reflected on his friendship with Foo Fighters and the recent passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Sully Erna talks about the matter
In a new interview with Shannon Hernandez, a.k.a. The Shan Man, of 98KUPD, Arizona’s Real Rock radio station, he said: “I became friends with Taylor and Dave [Grohl, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer] a while back. When I first met them, they’re just such a warm group of guys. Their whole camp, their whole team, everyone that works for them, they’re just a very welcoming committee. When you’re invited to be a guest at their show, they treat you very, very well. They’re just very grounded, humble, simple people that have a great heart and care genuinely about everybody. So it was very easy to become friends with them.
“What can I say that people haven’t said about Taylor already? He was one of the greatest guys out there. He was an incredible drummer. [He had] just a big, giant heart. All of ’em. They’re just real special people.”
Foo Fighters celebrated Taylor Hawkins’ memory and music at a special gig in London on Saturday, September 3. Hawkins, the band’s drummer since 1997, died in Bogotá, Colombia on March 25. He was 50 years old. Foo Fighters performed for a couple of hours at Wembley Stadium for a special tribute show for the late band drummer Taylor Hawkins. ‘The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts’ also took place at LA’s Kia Forum on September 27.
Meanwhile, a video clip has been shared by Dave Grohl which has the final interview of Hawkins before his death.
Taylor Hawkins hoped to be playing Foo Fighters songs with Dave Grohl even when the musicians were in their 70s, it’s revealed in the new documentary Let There Be Drums. It is a documentary film about “the art of drumming [and] the musicians who’ve mastered it.”
It features interviews with a wide range of drummers and their families, and director Justin Kreutzmann – son of the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann – said Hawkins had changed the nature of the movie as they recorded his interview section.