Queen's Roger Taylor responds to rumours of son Rufus joining Foo Fighters

28 April 2023, 18:56 | Updated: 28 April 2023, 19:00

Roger Taylor has responded to speculation over his son Rufus joining Foo Fighters
Roger Taylor has responded to speculation over his son Rufus drumming with Foo Fighters. Picture: 1. Kevin Parry/Shutterstock 2. Bonnie Britain/SOPA Images/Shutterstock 3. RCA Press/Brantley Gutierrez
Radio X

By Radio X

The Queen legend was asked about the possibility of his son and becoming Foo Fighters' new drummer.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Queen's Roger Taylor has discussed the possibility of his son Rufus joining Foo Fighters.

Fans have speculated who would be backing up the band on stage since the untimely passing of their beloved drummer Taylor Hawkins, who tragically died on 25th March on 2022.

Rufus Tiger Taylor - who has followed in his father's footsteps and is a drummer for The Darkness - is among a few of the names being suggested to accompany Foos on stage.

When asked about the possibility of his son becoming the new Foos drummer, the Queen rocker, who had a close relationship with Hawkins, told the BBC: "Well, Rufus is phenomenal. He’s turned into this scary, great drummer with The Darkness […] My son, he’s just annoyingly powerful and he’s become very, very good. I can’t say any more!"

Pressed on the matter, the Bohemian Rhapsody sticksman added: "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 L.A. What exactly is happening now, I don’t know.”

READ MORE: Foo Fighters announce new album But Here We Are and share Rescued single

While it's unclear who's set to replace Taylor Hawkins, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron has taken himself out the running after refuted rumours that he's joining the Learn To Fly rockers.

Taking to his Instagram Stories on Saturday (25th March), he simply wrote: "FYI the internet rumours are false, I haven't joined the Foos."

Roger Taylor's comments come after Foo Fighters announced the details of their new album But Here We Are.

The band's eleventh outing, which is produced by the band and their long-time collaborator Greg Kurstin, will be released on 2nd June and is is preceded by lead single, Rescued.

Watch the lyric video for rescued here:

Foo Fighters - Rescued (Lyric Video)

READ MORE: What does the name "Foo Fighters" mean?

See Foo Fighters - But Here We Are album track listing:

  1. Rescued
  2. Under You
  3. Hearing Voices
  4. But Here We Are
  5. The Glass
  6. Nothing At All
  7. Show Me How
  8. Beyond Me
  9. The Teacher
  10. Rest

Dave Grohl remembers Nirvana's Nevermind, 30 years on

READ MORE - Foo Fighters' 2023 dates: How to buy tickets

More on Queen

See more More on Queen

Freddie Mercury at Live Aid and Rami Malek's recreation for the film Bohemian Rhapsody

The biggest factual inaccuracies in the Bohemian Rhapsody film

Queen in 1975: Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and John Deacon

10 things you didn’t know about Bohemian Rhapsody

Freddie Mercury takes a curtain call at Queen's show at Knebworth, 9 August 1986

What did Queen play at their last gig with Freddie Mercury?

Freddie Mercury and Brian May of Queen perform on stage in London, 1974.

When exactly did Queen play their first ever gig?

Freddie Mercury of Queen performs live at The Oakland Coliseum in 1977 in Oakland, California, 1977

How an amazing gig gave Queen the idea for We Will Rock You


Radio X Best Of British - see the Top 100

The original line-up of Oasis in November 1993: aul Arthurs aka Bonehead, Tony McCarroll, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul McGuigan.

Live Forever by Oasis named Radio X Best Of British 2024

Nothing But Thieves: Soundcheck To Stage