One of Taylor Hawkins' Final Interviews to Be Featured in a New Documentary About Rock Drummer Icons

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Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters  Life in Photos
Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters Life in Photos

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Get ready to learn about the musicians behind the drum kits.

An upcoming documentary titled Let There Be Drums!, directed by Justin Kreutzmann, will explore the essential role of drumming in rock bands throughout history and feature interviews with legendary drummers from Ringo Starr of the Beatles to the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters.

Set for an Oct. 28 theatrical release, the film also features drummers including Mickey Hart and Kreutzmann's dad Bill of the Grateful Dead, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Matt Sorum of Guns N' Roses.

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr

Scott Robert Ritchie Ringo Starr

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Let There Be Drums marks the first time Hawkins has appeared in a film since the Foo Fighters drummer died on March 25 in Bogotá, Colombia, shortly before a scheduled music festival performance after complaining of chest pains in his hotel. He was 50 years old.

Kreutzmann spoke about Let There Be Drums! in a statement to Deadline, noting the 52-year-old filmmaker's idea for the documentary "really came to me as a gift. Literally," he explained.

Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead

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"It started Christmas Day, 1977 when I was given a Super-8 film camera. The first home movies I filmed were of my Dad on stage at Winterland in San Francisco," continued the documentarian. "They were shot from my perspective, sitting right behind him on the drum riser so he could keep an eye on me during the Grateful Dead's performances. Drums, and the drummers that play them, have been a major component of my entire life."

RELATED: Alanis Morissette, Miley Cyrus, Queen's Brian May and More to Play Taylor Hawkins Tribute Shows

Last month, Hawkins' family, bandmates and longtime collaborators, including Alanis MorissetteMiley Cyrus and Queen's Brian May, announced they'll joined forces for a pair of concerts that will pay tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer.

More than two dozen artists will gather in London on Sept. 3 and Los Angeles on Sept. 27 for the special performances, which were announced earlier this month by the Foo Fighters and Hawkins' family.

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"For our dear friend, our badass bandmate, our beloved brother…Foo Fighters and The Hawkins family bring you the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts," the Foo Fighters wrote on Twitter at hte time.

The full Los Angeles lineup includes Cyrus, Morissette, May and Queen bandmate Roger Taylor, Mark RonsonJoan Jett, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Jon Theodore, Copeland of The Police, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx, Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction, Omar Hakim, Luke Spiller of The Struts, Rufus Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen, Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk, Pat Wilson of Weezer and Chevy Metal, Hawkins' cover band.

In London, meanwhile, fans can catch Liam Gallagher, Chrissie Hynde and Supergrass, plus Chaney, Copeland, Hakim, Homme, Lee and Lifeson, May and Taylors Roger and Rufus, Ronson, Van Halen and Chevy Metal, plus a special appearance by Dave Chappelle.