Taylor Hawkins talked about early Foo Fighters drummer William Goldsmith – who was a member of the fold between 1995 and 1997, and who last year accused Dave Grohl of “creatively raping” him – saying there is zero truth to his claims and that he simply “buckled under pressure.”
Hawkins explained to Matt Wilkinson:
“I really wasn’t comfortable playing drums in Foo Fighters really until we got into [2002’s] ‘One By One.’ ‘All My Life’ was the first track, because Dave played half the tracks on [1999’s] ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose.’
“I was struggling, because I had never been in the studio before. The studio is a completely different thing than live dude, it couldn’t be any more different. The microscope is on.”
Focusing on Goldsmith, Taylor added:
“The first drummer for the Foo Fighters buckled under the pressure, and still blames Dave for that. It’s like, ‘No, dude.’
“Dave never fired him, by the way. Just so we’re all clear, Dave never fired him. He quit. He keeps going on these blog adventures. Dave never fired him, Dave never wanted to fire him.”
Back in June 2017, William told Daily Mail about his tenure with the band:
“What was done to me – staying in that band would have made me feel like my soul was destroyed and I would have likely ended up dead.
“That feeling might change if we actually sat down and talked, but that hasn’t happened yet.
“I worked 13 hours a day for three weeks. I gave everything I could. I couldn’t believe at the end of it everything was done and I had got through it.
“But I just knew something wasn’t right.”