The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium was an emotional roller coaster for fans of the late Foo Fighters drummer.
While the concert acknowledges the lost incredible life, the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert has evolved into a celebration of the late drummer’s legacy and impact on the rock genre.
Taylor Hawkins’ son, Shane Hawkins, definitely stole the show, demonstrating the gift his father has bestowed upon him and that he can follow in his father’s footsteps in music.
Since Taylor Hawkins’ death earlier this year, one question has persisted: who will replace Taylor Hawkins on the Foo Fighters?
The Foo Fighters brought out a new drummer on the rotating list that night, Rufus “Tiger” Taylor, after Nandi Bushell made her Wembley Stadium debut at the age of 12 at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert.
Rufus Tiger Taylor is The Darkness’ current drummer and touring drummer for “Queen + Adam Lambert.” According to Dave Grohl, Taylor was “a real member of the Foo Fighters” because they had known him since he was a child.
The 31-year-old drummer then joined the band in performing their hit songs “These Days” and “Best of You” to rousing applause from Wembley Stadium.
Taylor’s chemistry and performance with the Foo Fighters have surprised fans online, with many pointing out that it was a live audition for Taylor to replace the late Taylor Hawkins.
A fan posted a tweet:
“Rufus Taylor freaked me out as he looks just like Taylor Hawkins from the back. It’s like Taylor Hawkins went, “nah, fuck this ‘death’ shit, I’m coming back to play in this gig”. #taylorhawkinstribute #TaylorHawkins.”
According to online fans, Rufus Taylor bears a striking resemblance to a young Taylor Hawkins. Some even believe he would be a great musician to carry on the legacy of the legendary drummer.
Rufus Tiger Taylor is Queen drummer Roger Taylor’s son.
Fans wanted to see his drum battles with his father, so he toured alongside his father on the “Queen + Adam Lambert” shows in 2011.
After Emily Dolan Davies left The Darkness, Dan Hawkins announced in 2015 that Rufus Tiger Taylor would take over as the band’s drummer.
As of this writing, the Foo Fighters have not announced who will replace late drummer Taylor Hawkins on the drums, but given the growing fan sentiment, Rufus Taylor would be an excellent choice.