Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins says ‘genius’ Eagles Of Death Metal are best band of 2016

'You never really know what's going to happen with that guy'

Foo Fighters‘ drummer and solo artist Taylor Hawkins has spoken out in praise of Eagles Of Death Metal – hailing them as ‘genius’ and tipping them to win Best International Band supported by Austin at the upcoming VO5 NME Awards 2017.

Hawkins recently released his solo mini album ‘KOTA’, and is gearing up to return to the Foos with a new album and European tour in 2017. Looking forward to the year ahead, we asked him who he’d nominate for Best International Band at the upcoming VO5 NME Awards 2017 – where he put forward Eagles Of Death Metal; for overcoming the adversity of the Paris terror attacks where their fans were murdered at The Bataclan and for being ‘really funny and smart’.



“I would say Eagles of Death Metal – because they’re fun, man,” Hawkins told NME. “I just love them. That last record ‘Zipper Down’ is it’s just really good. They’ve had a heck of a year with everything that happened in Paris and Jesse the singer is a total fucking character. You never really know what’s going to happen with that guy, what he’s going to say, a little bit nuts. I don’t mean that with any disrespect  – he’s just out there and that’s part of their genius.

“They’re funny and they’re smart. The record’s made by Josh Homme, who just knows how to make great fucking records. It’s their time, I’d say.”

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Meanwhile, a new documentary about Eagles Of Death Metal’s Bataclan Paris terror attack ordeal is set to premiere next year. Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) will air on HBO in February 2017.

Hawkins also responded to the rumours that Foo Fighters would be headlining Glastonbury next year. The band are expected to release a new album in 2017 – despite reports that Dave Grohl is said to be working on a solo album and drummer Taylor Hawkins has also announced his debut solo effort. His mini LP ‘KOTA’ is out now.
Foo Fighters’ full upcoming tour dates so far are below:
June 16-18 – Secret Solstice Festival: Iceland
June 29 – Open’er Festival: Gdynia, Poland
June 30 – Roskilde Festival: Roskilde, Denmark
July 2 – Rock Werchter: Werchter, Belgium
July 6 – Mad Cool Festival: Madrid, Spain
July 7 – NOS Alive: Castro Daire, Portugal