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Could THE DARKNESS' Drummer Be Joining FOO FIGHTERS?

Well, he IS Taylor Hawkins' godson…

Rufus Taylor
Sven Mandel rawpic / CC-BY-SA-4.0, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Rufus Taylor, son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor and current drummer for The Darkness, could potentially be behind the kit for Foo Fighters on their upcoming tour.

In an in interview with BBC Radio 2, Roger Taylor was asked if Rufus could be joining the band on tour. Roger didn't give a straight answer and noted that he "can't say any more" before stopping talking.

"Well, Rufus is phenomenal. He's turned into this scary, great drummer with The Darkness," said Roger as transcribed by Planet Radio. "I watched them the other day at Wembley Arena. Phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal band, great band live. I love The Darkness. My son, he's just annoyingly powerful and he's become very, very good. I can't say any more!"

When asked again if Rufus could be joining Foo Fighters, Roger said: "Well, he does play brilliantly with them. He knows all their stuff, knows them all very well. He did play 'Best of You' with the Foos, and it was phenomenal at Wembley, and at The Forum in LA. What exactly is happening now, I don't know."

There are two main points to know here – one is that Rufus performed with Foo Fighters for their Hawkins tribute show at Wembley last year (and times before that), and two is that Rufus is Taylor Hawkins' godson. So his connection to the band is already there.

Foo Fighters did not offer any comment on their current lineup either on social media or in the press release for their upcoming record But Here We Are, so it's not even clear who drummed in the studio. Foo Fighters touring schedule for 2023 is as follows. Tickets are available here.

5/24 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (w/ Taipei Houston)
5/26 — Boston, MA — Boston Calling Music Festival
5/28 — Columbus, OH — Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival
5/30 — Washington DC — The Atlantis
6/2 — Nürburgring, DE — Rock Am Ring
6/4 — Nürnberg, DE — Rock Im Park
6/14 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
6/16 – Pelham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/18 — Manchester, TN — Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
7/8 — Quebec City, QC — Festival D'ete De Quebec
7/12 — Ottawa, ON — Ottawa Bluesfest
7/15 — Milwaukee, WI — Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival
7/29 — Naeba, JP — Fuji Rock
8/4 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena (w/ The Breeders)
8/8 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre (w/ The Breeders)
8/10 — Stateline, NV — Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's (w/ The Breeders)
8/11-13 — San Francisco, CA — Outside Lands Festival
9/3 — Aspen, CO — Jazz Aspen Snowmass
9/9 — Sao Paulo, BR — The Town
9/17 — Asbury Park, NJ — See.Hear.Now
9/19 — Virginia Beach, CA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach (w/ The Breeders)
9/21 — Louisville, KY — Louder Than Life
10/1 – Dana Point, CA – Ohana Festival
10/3 — Phoenix, AZ — Talking Stick Resort Amphitheater
10/5 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center

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