Perry Farrell shares heartfelt tribute video to Taylor Hawkins, including final audio message received


Perry Farrell shares heartfelt tribute video to Taylor Hawkins, including final audio message received

Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell has released a tribute video to his late “best friend” and Foo Fighter drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Farrell performed with Foo Fighters at their last show with Hawkins in Argentina on March 20, where a rendition of Jane’s Addiction classic “Mountain Song” wowed the crowd, according to mxdwn.

In his video tribute via Instagram, Perry, appearing to be alone in the photo, shares the bond he and Hawkins have, saying:

“Taylor Hawkins passed away yesterday. He was my best friend. Beloved in my home by my wife, my kids, even my dogs. Every time Taylor came by, we made music in the den. [Our dog] Cloud would always sit right next to him. He was one of the most passionate drummers I’ve ever seen in my life. When I think of him, I sum it up in one word: Velocity. He had a knack for maintaining a confident, punchy, caressing speed on the drums.

There is a large part of my heart that I had reserved for him. I accepted him in my heart when we became friends because he was such a pure guy. So pure of heart. I was getting texts from Taylor. They were always bits of songs that he was writing or trying to write or that he wanted me to listen to. I have as many musical treats as I love you.

We always started with a song. There was always a song. ‘Are you listening Yes? You know, this guy looks a bit like you! And I would say, ‘Yeah, I like Yes.’ He was just obsessed with music and good songs. My passion for music was what we had in common. Our friendship was based on that. Then we got to know each other.

He would tell me stories of going to Jane’s shows in the 80s. Pretty underground shows. So, although I didn’t meet her at the time, we shared a story. It was almost like the rights of way. We were young men trying to be great musicians.

Little did he know that through that fateful night he would cement himself into music legends forever, and that’s what I think he deserves. The only meaning I can give to tragedy is knowing that Taylor is now in heaven. He can hear us. What I’m going to do today is try to make music that I think Taylor would really like.

Hawkins died March 25. According to mxwdn, officials later confirmed that Hawkins had multiple drugs in his system at the time of his death. To see the full tribute, see the Instagram video below.

Photo credit: Brett Padelford



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