Roger Taylor’s Son Rufus Is the New Drummer for the Darkness
"We already have someone, and we actually played our first show with him last night," Hawkins recently told Real Radio XS. "The 'drummist' will be known as Rufus Taylor, son of Roger Taylor."
Rufus is replacing Emily Dolan Davies, who parted ways with them in late April only a few months after joining them. She appears on their upcoming album, Last of Our Kind, which includes the single, "Open Fire."
But with promotional gigs coming up, the Darkness had to move quickly to find a replacement. A friend recommended Taylor, and the call was made. But there was a bit of a problem. "[Rufus] just happened to be in Australia at the time when we needed to get someone in," Hawkins continued. "So he stepped off a plane at 6AM yesterday, went straight to a rehearsal with us, where we ran through things a couple of times -- the set we were playing that night -- and then we went straight to the place and did a gig. Talk about seat of the pants!"
The 24-year old Taylor is the third drummer in the band's history. Davies replaced founding drummer Ed Graham back in December. Prior to joining the Darkness, Taylor has drummed as part of last year's Queen + Adam Lambert North American tour as well as the touring company of the musical We Will Rock You.
Last of Our Kind, the fourth album for the Darkness since their 2003 debut, Permission to Land, is being released June 1.
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