Taylor Hawkins Honored at Laguna Beach Drum Circle Tribute

The death of Taylor Hawkins last Friday (March 25) took the world by surprise, and there were an abundance of tributes pouring in from all over to honor her. A group of fans and friends held a drum circle vigil in honor of the iconic drummer at Laguna Beach last night (March 31).

According to the Orange County Register, the tribute was hosted by local radio station KX FM. A group of people gathered around a bonfire, played music and wrote messages to the Foo Fighter at a memorial.

“He was just the most genuine, positive, respectful person you could imagine,” James Pribram, one of Hawkins’ peers at Laguna Beach High School, told the Record. Pribram recalled reconnecting with the drummer after buying a house nearby, and never acting like he was a big rock star. “That’s why he was so loved by many, he resonated with everyone.”

See an excerpt from the ceremony below.

Although Hawkins was born in Fort Worth, Texas, his family moved to Laguna Beach a few years later, so he spent his youth growing up in the California town. As a teenager, he started surfing in the area, although he later admitted he was not good at it.

“I think it was the summer of 1984/1985, when I really learned to stand up on a board. I’m not a good surfer at all. I’ve never been so good. I was a lot more drumming and playing music and stuff,” the rocker told Whalebone Magazine. “But that first feeling you get when you’re actually standing on a wave and going down the line and it’s generating energy… you’re literally floating on water. I don’t think there’s anything like that.”

The Foo Fighters announced that Hawkins passed away just before their scheduled performance at the Estero Picnic Festival in Bogota, Colombia. The group has since canceled all of their upcoming tour dates, including a performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards. However, the show is set to pay a special tribute to Hawkins during the proceedings on Sunday (April 3) at 8 p.m. HE/PT on CBS.

Taylor Hawkins Honored at Laguna Beach Drum Circle Tribute

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