Rufus Taylor – the godson of the late Taylor Hawkins, and current member of The Darkness – performed on-stage with the Foos at last year’s huge Hawkins tribute concerts, which took place in London and Los Angeles.
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Next month, the group will hit the road for a run of festival appearances and US headline shows. It is not yet known who will be behind the kit at the forthcoming gigs.
During an appearance on BBC Radio 2 this week, Roger Taylor was asked if there was any truth to the rumours that his son could be stepping in. “Well, Rufus is phenomenal,” he responded (via Planet Radio).
“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!”
Pressed further on whether Rufus could be on-stage with the Foos in 2023, Roger explained: “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.”
As for the impact of Hawkins’ passing, Roger said: “We’re never going to forget him. I can’t take him out of my phone.”
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam‘s Matt Cameron has denied reports that he is planning to replace Hawkins on drums. “FYI the internet rumours are false, I haven’t joined the Foos,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were – and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward,” a statement on social media read.