Grohl called up Hawkins to recommend a new drummer, and to Grohl's surprise, Hawkins volunteered himself. He then auditioned for and subsequently joined the band, making his debut in time for the album's release. In addition to his drumming duties with the Foo Fighters, Hawkins is also an accomplished rock singer, guitarist and pianist. His first lead vocal with the group was a cover of Pink Floyd 's " Have a Cigar ".
Two versions of the song were released, one as the b-side to "Learn to Fly" and another on the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack album. Hawkins also sang lead vocals for the band's cover of Joe Walsh 's "Life of Illusion. Many Foo Fighters live shows feature Hawkins singing lead vocals on at least one cover song. He occasionally plays with a Police cover band alternately called "The Cops" and "Fallout. Also, Hawkins toured with Coheed and Cambria shortly during the months of the album.
Hawkins recorded the drum for the track "Anche se," from Vasco Rossi 's demo. Hawkins was commissioned to complete an unfinished recording of a song by Beach Boys ' drummer Dennis Wilson titled "Holy Man" by writing and singing new lyrics. The recording was released in June as part of a deluxe edition of Wilson's lone solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue.
Hawkins continues to play in Chevy Metal, with the addition of fellow Foo Fighters bandmate Chris Shiflett now on guitar. Hawkins appears on Slash 's solo album Slash ,  released in , providing backing vocals on the track "Crucify the Dead," featuring Ozzy Osbourne.
In , Hawkins recorded drums for songs by Vasco Rossi. The band's self-titled debut album was released in April , with a release party at 'Rock n Roll Pizza' featuring the Foo Fighters guesting on some of the cover tracks. Hawkins has said that his drumming has been chiefly influenced by classic rock drummers. It was thanks to Rush that I got into Genesis. After listening to Neil, I bought the Seconds Out live album, which was released in It's just amazing.
Not only hearing Phil Collins playing the drums, but also singing.
http://hostmaster.wecan-group.com/4512.php He gets a really bad rap from some people for 'daring' to take over after Peter Gabriel quit, but you just hear the way he sounds here. The beauty of this album is that it's got songs from … Trick Of The Tail , the first album Genesis did without Gabriel. Collins is an incredible drummer. Anyone who wants to be good on the drums should check him out — the man is a master.
Hawkins and his wife, Alison Hawkins, have three children.
Their son, Oliver Shane, was born in ; their daughter, Annabelle, was born in winter, ; and their second daughter, Everleigh, was born in November, Hawkins overdosed on heroin in , which put him in a coma for two weeks. There was a year where the partying just got a little too heavy.
He is a childhood friend of current Yes lead vocalist Jon Davison. Hawkins was the one who suggested Davison to Yes bassist Chris Squire even before the departure of replacement vocalist Benoit David. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American musician. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.
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