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Queen vs Foo Fighters

Roger Taylor contemplates 2010 tour with fellow drummer Taylor Hawkins

  • 17/11/2009
  • Matt Everitt
Roger Taylor

As Queen release their new Best Of album, drummer Roger Taylor reveals plans to play with another drumming hero.

Taylor has revealed he may undertake a series of live dates next year with fellow sticksman Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters.

"I’ve been thinking about doing a tour next year - a very quick tour - with Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters," he explained to 6 Music. "He’s like one of my best blood brothers! So we might do that. That sounds like fun.

"He’s awesome. I love him. He’s got such a great, open approach to life."

It was also announced that Queen’s original Greatest Hits 1 album has (according to the BPI) become the biggest selling album since the charts were started over 50 years ago.

In addition, Queen have overtaken The Beatles in UK album history, having spent more weeks in the UK charts than Lennon and McCartney’s legendary group.

"He's like one of my best blood brothers! So we might do that. That sounds like fun. He's awesome. I love him."

Roger Taylor on Taylor Hawkins

"I must admit, we were quite amazed when we heard that," Taylor continued, "I’m a big Beatles fan, but it’s wonderful. Things like that are very nice, they’re really cherry’s on top of our age.

"I think it’s a technical achievement, but it’s very nice. I’ll tell my Mum."

Taylor also discussed Queen’s recent appearance and performance on the X Factor, saying how much he enjoyed the experience despite criticism of the show’s format.

"It is was it is," he said. "I find it enormously flattering that they devoted a whole show to our songs, which is great. It brings our songs to more people, which is part of what we’re about.

"So I wouldn’t sit here all high and mighty and knock it. It’s an entertainment, and it was fun. It was fun being the only live thing as well!"

Roger Taylor releases a new single The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken), his first solo release in 12 years, on Monday 23 November.

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chris w leeds

Jon Mortimer, Isle of Wight.
Roger Taylor's solo career has been criminally overlooked by the media since it truly began in the early 80s running alongside Queen so I hope for a pleasant surprise next year if indeed there is to be a new Taylor album. An amazing rock vocalist, songwriter and multi instrumentalist. Few people realize that he wrote TEN hits for Queen (including Breakthru and The Invisible Man,) and five were international number ones - The days of our lives, Radio GaGa, A Kind of Magic, Heaven for Everyone and Innuendo whilst in addition he co-wrote Under Pressure, One Vision, Thank God Its Christmas, Let me Live and You Don't Fool Me - all sizeable hits. This level of songwriting is equalled by few and has been expanded on in his solo career. 'Electric Fire' from 1998 is in my opinion the very best solo album to ever come from a member of a legendary rock band. He is an astonishing talent with an incredible original pop rock sensibility. Here's to some media support.

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