Re: Your views on Taylor Hawkins?
I love Taylor, huge inspiration of mine. Most of the drum parts he writes aren't that hard, but they always seem to fit the song perfectly, and they go well with how the Foo Fighters sound in my opinion. I haven't heard anything from his own band yet (Taylor and the Coattail Riders or something like that), but he sings and drums in it so you'd have to imagine he must be pretty talented to do that.
As for his technique, I read somewhere that he was self taught like mxo721 said, and he picked French grip over German grip, which I guess was a big deal back then? I dont know.