Ozzy Osbourne seemingly was not aware that Dave Grohl-led Foo Fighters had a drummer.
Ozzy Osbourne opens up on Taylor Hawkins
In a new interview with Stereogum, Ozzy Osbourne spoke about his new album Patient Number 9, which features several rock stars, including Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters drummer who passed away earlier this year.
He was asked about the idea of inviting Hawkins to the album that came about. Here is what he said:
“My producer Andrew Watt, he was a really good friend of his. I wasn’t even aware that Dave Grohl had a drummer, because Dave Grohl was a drummer himself. I knew he sang up front, but I didn’t know that much about Foo Fighters at the time. I knew of them. I went down to the studio one day, and Taylor was there, and he was a really nice guy. He was a cheerful kind of a guy, you know. And I spent a few hours with him. I didn’t get to know him that well, but from those few hours, he seemed like a really nice guy.”
Foo Fighters recently celebrated Taylor Hawkins’ memory and music at a special gig in London on Saturday, September 3rd. 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.
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has started to call out “disrespectful Twitter private investigators” for speculating over Taylor Hawkins‘ death. In late March an initial toxicology report found that multiple drugs including opiates, antidepressants and marijuana were found in Hawkins’ system at the time of his death. “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of Taylor Hawkins,” a statement from the band read upon Hawkins’ death.