The beloved Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins’ first – and possibly last – posthumous project has just arrived to fans.
The musician died on March 25 at the age of 50 after being found in a Colombian hotel room.
From Friday, Hawkins’ vocals can be heard on a cover of the classic Johnny Winter song from 1970 “Guess I’ll Go Away”.
Hawkins is on the driving rock track with the late Johnny’s brother Edgar (of “Free Ride” fame) Winter and veteran guitarist Doug Rappoport.
“Guess I’ll Go Away” is part of Edgar’s new album “Brother Johnny.”
The 75-year-old rocker shared a heartwarming message after Hawkins’ death last month and teased news of the upcoming collaboration.
“I had the honor and privilege of working with him as one of the guest artists on my upcoming but not yet released tribute album ‘Brother Johnny,'” Edgar wrote on social media. (Edgar’s siblings died in July 2014 at the age of 70.)
The keyboardist continued: “I had only just met Taylor and had barely gotten to know him, but I was so impressed with his sincerity, positive energy and pure enthusiasm. He had a unique spontaneous style that was different from any I have ever had. worked with before. “
“The name of the song is ‘Guess I’ll Go Away’. Now both Johnny and Taylor have walked a path no one knows but which we will all one day have to travel. I still talk to him every day and I now want to see Taylor’s face next to his, Edgar added.
“Wherever that road leads, I wish them peace and love on the journey, knowing that I will soon join them – as we all will one day,” Edgar concluded his touching note.
The 17-track record shows many iconic blues and rock singers celebrating Winter, Billboard reported, including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks and Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Michael McDonald, Steve Lukather, Doyle Bramhall II, Phil X, John McFee, Robben Ford, Keb ‘Mo’, Bobby Rush, Waddy Wachtel and Gregg Bissonette.
Meanwhile, Foo Fighters paid tribute to their fallen friend and bandmate at the time of Hawkins’ death.
They tweeted: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever.”
“Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we pray that their privacy will be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time,” they continued.
At the time of his death, the band was scheduled to perform in Bogotá, Colombia, for the Festival Estéreo Picnic on March 25, following their Latin American tour.
Foo Fighters later scored for best rock song, best rock performance and best rock album at the 2022 Grammy Awards earlier this month. Hawkins was honored at the event, and host Trevor Noah remembered the musician’s life, legacy and work.