Basic Background Info

Birth: February 17, 1972
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Band: Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders
Genres: Rock, Alternative, Progressive
Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Keyboards
Occupation: Musician


Oliver Taylor Hawkins is best known as the drummer for Foo Fighters.

Taylor Hawkins got his start with Orange County, California, band Altered State and then Sass Jordan before landing a gig with Alanis Morissette. Taylor Hawkins recorded Jagged Little Pill with Morissette and even appeared in the music videos for "You Oughta Know" and "Jagged Little Pill." After touring with Morissette in support of her album, a cousin introduced Taylor Hawkins to David Grohl. Foo Fighter’s original drummer, William Goldsmith, recently left the band and Grohl recorded the drums himself for their second album. Grohl invited Hawkins to take over the drum seat, and he quickly accepted. Since joining the band, Taylor Hawkins has also played guitar and sang on several recordings.

Nonetheless, Taylor Hawkins described himself as a "frustrated songwriter." So he teamed up with Drew Hester, Gannin, and Chris Chaney to record an album as Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders. Taylor Hawkins played the drums and provided vocals while the group recorded in Drew’s living room. The three maintained complete control throughout the entire process, acting as musicians, sound engineers, and producers. They released their self-titled debut in 2006 and went on tour in support of the album.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1995 Ironic Alanis Morissette
1996 You Learn Alanis Morissette
1997 Tibetan Freedom Concert Various Artists
1997 The Colour and the Shape Foo Fighters
1998 Another World Brian May
2002 One by One Foo Fighters
2003 Tell Them Hi Campfire Girls
2005 In Your Honor Foo Fighters
2006 Skin and Bones Foo Fighters
2006 Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders
2007 Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Foo Fighters
2007 Help Wanted Eric Avery
2007 Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World for Tomorrow Coheed and Cambria
2008 Meet Glen Campbell Glen Campbell
2008 Live at Wembley Stadium (DVD) Foo Fighters
2008 Harmony & Dissidence Jackson United
2009 Greatest Hits Foo Fighters
2010 Slash Slash
2010 Red Light Fever Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders
2010 Anthems Kerry Ellis
2010 ...Featuring Norah Jones Norah Jones
2011 Wasting Light Foo Fighters
2013 Wrote a Song for Everyone John Fogerty
2013 Sound City: Reel to Reel Various Artists
2014 The Birds of Satan The Birds of Satan
2014 Sonic Highways Foo Fighters


  • Taylor has also occasionally performed with a Police cover band called The Cops.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Gretsch
Cymbals: Zildjian
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Zildjian

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