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So, about Rufus Taylor joining the Foo Fighters…

As I type this, there are just 25 days until the Foo Fighters player their first proper headliner since…you know…and there’s still no word who will be playing drums.

One strong rumour has been The Darkness’ Rufus Taylor, son of Roger Taylor (Taylor Hawkins’ favourite drummer) of Queen (Taylor’s favourite band).

I realize that’s a lot of “Taylors” in one sentence, but it was unavoidable. The following is also unavoidable.

While on BBC Radio 2 last weekend, Roger Taylor (who was a great friend of Taylor Hawkins) remarked on how Rufus Taylor was “phenomenal” and “He’s turned into this scary, great drummer with The Darkness […] My son, he’s just annoyingly powerful and he’s become very, very good. I can’t say any more!”

And then he said this: “Well, he does play brilliantly with them. He knows all their stuff, knows them all very well.

“He did play ‘Best of You’ with the Foos, and it was phenomenal at Wembley, and at The Forum in LA. What exactly is happening now, I don’t know.”

Can we read anything into any of that?

Alan Cross

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4 thoughts on “So, about Rufus Taylor joining the Foo Fighters…

  • Cannot F****** wait for it to not be Rufus. He looks, plays and dresses like Taylor. Which I love for him, I love that Taylor was such an inspiration to him. Let him be him and keep paying Taylor’s influence forward but it would be weird weird weird for him to join the Foo Fighters. A lot of undue pressure on him and probably weird for the rest of the band.

    • Spot on!!!! Anyone but Rufus!

  • Sounds like a perfect fit, especially another Taylor 😎

  • I think a much better fit musically, and without all the pressure would be Tyler Warren – the current percussionist/multi-instrumentalist with Queen + Adam Lambert. His original role in the world of Queen was as drummer/musical director for The Queen Extravaganza. His audition was AT the Foo’s studio no less.


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