Iggy Pop is paying tribute to the music that Taylor Hawkins, the late drummer for Foo Fighters, was known for.
On January 6, 2023, the punk hero, who is now 75 years old, is scheduled to release his most recent album, Every Loser. Two songs in particular — “Comments” and “The Regency” — are scheduled to highlight the late drummer’s abilities.
According to a recent interview that Pop gave to NME, Taylor “came in with tremendous elegance.” “I can’t believe I got that color on the album. Thank you very much!”
Hawkins, who was 50 years old at the time of his death, passed away in March while touring with Foo Fighters in Bogota, Colombia. Before the organizers stated that the band would no longer be playing at the Festival Estéreo Picnic due to a medical issue, the band was scheduled to be the headlining act at the event.
Pop stated, “I was incredibly stunned to learn about him, and it made me feel a lot of sadness.” “It just so happened that I was familiar with the hotel where he was staying. I have spent the night in the town. The whole affair was a whole other thing. According to all accounts, he lived a happy life and had a successful career doing the work that he had always wanted to do.”
Every Loser is the 19th solo album from Pop (whose real name is James Osterberg Jr.), and it will feature a line-up that could pass for a list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, including Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and former guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, and Blink 182’s Travis Barker, amongst others, in addition to Hawkins
In a conversation with NME, Pop said of the late musician, “He beats up a storm on certain tunes, and you can really hear it.” “He has this bubbling quality, and it’s really percolating,” said his friend.
Dave Grohl, a member of the Foo Fighters band and the band’s leader, was overcome with emotion as he reflected on his lifelong friendship with Taylor Hawkins at the first of two memorial performances that the band played in honor of Hawkins in September. In addition, the Foo Fighters were awarded three Grammys during the 64th annual event, which took place only nine days after the passing of the legendary drummer.
Medicine at Midnight, the tenth studio album released by Foo Fighters, was the band’s last album to include Hawkins. It was released in February of 2021.