Iggy Pop has paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins by praising the “incredible style” and “colour” the late Foo Fighters drummer brought to his forthcoming new album ‘Every Loser’.
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Speaking to NME in this week’s Big Read cover interview, the punk icon praised the numerous musicians who contributed to the new record – which is out January 6, 2023 – including Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and former guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Blink 182‘s Travis Barker, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard and Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Eric Avery.
He also spoke in detail about what Hawkins – who died while on tour in Bogotá, Colombia in March – brought to tracks ‘Comments’ and ‘The Regency’.
“Taylor came in with incredible style,” the artist recalled.
“I’m very fortunate to have that colour on the record. I was really sad and shocked to hear about him. I happened to know that hotel where he was. I’ve stayed in that town. The whole thing was something else. He did have a wonderful career doing what he wanted to do, and by all accounts, a good life.”
“He drums up a storm on those tracks, and you can really hear it,” he continued. “He has this sort of bubbling quality, it’s really percolating.”
Pop recently opened up about how he “never really understood” what the Foo Fighters did, until he saw them live in 2015.
Elsewhere in his NME interview, the singer praised Italian rock provocateurs Måneskin, who he leant vocals to on a new version of their track ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’.
“That’s a really strong band,” he said of the four-piece who’ve often cited him as their inspiration for starting a band.
“Damiano [David] is an amazing singer and the bass player, Victoria [de Angelis] really handles that position well and doesn’t overplay, but on stage and in their videos, she really stays with the message. Wooo, she’s a firecracker.”
He also likened their guitarist Thomas Raggi’s playing to “somewhere north of Joe Perry”, calling their drummer, Ethan Torchio, “clever”.
“I read an interview that said they started out busking on the street in Rome and had to fight other groups for good positions,” he continued. “You can tell they have that background, that they’ve done something together where they got a little taste of poverty and obscurity, and I think that gives them a really nice edge.”
Earlier this month Iggy Pop announced an outdoor headline concert in London for next summer – any remaining tickets can be found here.