Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx appeared in a video at the Taylor Hawkins tribute show, and he recalled ‘crazy phone calls’ with the late Foo Fighters drummer.
“We’d talk about our favorite bands, things that pissed us off.”
He said Taylor would call him during ‘rough times’ and tell him, ‘You’re a badass.’
“We talked about doing a band together at some point someday.”
Richard Marx’s new album, ‘Songwriter’ has the song “Shame On You” that features one of the last recorded performances from late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. The album is due on September 30. It brings together 20 tracks, spotlighting four different genres of Marx’s songwriting. “Shame On You” is the first sample of five rock tracks penned for the new album. In addition to working with collaborators like Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and Chris Daughtry on the new collection, Marx also wrote a number of songs with his sons Lucas and Jesse.
Richard Marx opens up on Taylor Hawkins
Marx discussed how Hawkins ended up present on such an unforgettable day – then paused to reveal a detail about the drummer’s performance on “Shame On You” that he hadn’t previously felt comfortable talking about.
He spoke about his experience to have Taylor play on “Shame On You” and how it happened:
“We just became friendly organically. You know, I met Dave [Grohl] a few years ago and he and I, we’ve hung out a little bit here and there. I really like Dave a lot. He invited me down to their studio a few years ago, a year or two before COVID. Actually, I owned the last Studer A27 [reel-to-reel tape recorder] that they ever made. I met Dave at a party, maybe eight years ago. We hung out that whole night and hit it off. He called me the next day and said, “I heard a rumor that you own the last Studer A27.” And I went, “It’s true.” He said, “How much do you want for it?” I said, “$400,000.” [Laughs.]”
He goes, “Dude, f*** you! What do you really want?” I said, “Dude, we’ll work it out! It’s got no hours on it. I bought it and I didn’t really use it that much.” I was getting divorced and I had my studio in Chicago. He sent a truck and picked it up and put it in Studio 606. Weeks later, he called me and he said, “I don’t know if you’re in town, but why don’t you come by and listen to your machine in our studio. Come see the studio.” I went down there and I met Taylor that day. He was this way with everybody, but the minute you met Taylor, you felt like Taylor loved you. He was just one of those guys that made everybody feel really good about themselves.