Paramore singer Hayley Williams talked about the influence of the Foo Fighters and the late Taylor Hawkins in a new episode of his radio show Everything is emo.
“[Foo Fighters] are a really important group for everyone, the whole world,” says Williams, as reported by NME. “But such an important group for Paramore. When I first met the guys there were a couple of albums that we talked about a lot, referenced a lot, Foo Fighters was a band that kept coming back.
Not only did Hawkins influence the band sonically, but he had a tangible impact when Paramore’s Zac Farro received a drum kit that had previously belonged to him. Williams recounts how Farro needed a “good drum kit” when Paramore started playing shows in the early 2000s.
“A friend who lived in town lent her a drum set – which he eventually gave her – and it first belonged to Taylor Hawkins,” she recalls. “For our first shows and tours, it’s like we’ve stolen a blessing from Taylor Hawkins. It’s like we took it as saying, ‘Yeah, go ahead and keep going.’ »
“I think of Taylor Hawkins a lot, when I think of Zac’s playing,” she adds, before reflecting further on the late drummer’s lasting legacy as a Foo Fighters member and musician. “I don’t want to focus on myself or Paramore in the conversation around Taylor Hawkins’ death, but it’s just to say that he meant so much to so many people and there are so many stories we haven’t heard yet about him, and the things he did for people, the ways he touched people’s lives.
“But I think, more than anything, as a music fan and as a Foo Fighters fan, I love what [Hawkins] made for Dave Grohl,” Williams continues. “I listen to his album There’s nothing left to lose and I know it’s the first record that Taylor played on. He joined the Foo Fighters and they made this record together. And you can hear the difference; I think it brought out something in Dave Grohl’s voice and the way he wrote, all of it.
Hawkins died in March during the Foo Fighters tour of South America. Earlier this week, The Red Hot Chili Peppers paid tribute to him during his set at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.