Last night (March 25th), the rock music was shaken to its core by the death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, a universally beloved figure as missed for his effervescent personality as for his prodigious playing and singing. Many of his friends and peers have paid tribute to him since the news of his passing broke — among them Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
"Thank you for always having the biggest warmest smile on your face and for lighting up every room with your infectious energy and good vibes," Ulrich opened his social media eulogy before relaying a story of seeing Hawkins perform with the Foos recently and displaying "the perfect balance of swing, swagger, bounce and insane chops."
The Metallica drummer closed by recalling the last conversation he had with Hawkins. "Your phone call a week ago touched and inspired me," Ulrich wrote, "and I will always be appreciative for you championing our community as in your parting words…. 'Drummers stick together!' Damn right brother. Except now the community is lesser without you."
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