LISTEN: Taylor Hawkins appears posthumously on new Edgar Winter cover song "Guess I'll Go Away"

music news 20/04/2022

The first music to feature Taylor Hawkins since his tragic death has just been released. 

Hawkins posthumously features on blues-rock veteran Edgar Winter's new cover track, 'Guess I'll Go Away.'

The song was originally released by Edgar's late older brother Johnny in 1970, and the new version comes as part of a 17-song-tribute-album released by Edgar in honor of his sibling, who died in 2014.

The album, named 'Brother Johnny,' features tributes from not only Hawkins, but ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ringo Starr, Toto's Steve Lukather and many more. 

Hawkins features as lead vocalist on the track, with Edgar on the organ, but Hawkins refused to accept any compensation for it.

As reported by Spin, Edgar says: 

He said, ‘I don’t want ANYTHING for doing this, I just want to get out there and rock. And rock HE DID!

After Hawkin's sudden death, Edgar has described the track as "a tribute within a tribute," referring to the fact that his brother Johnny was also tragically found dead in his hotel room during a tour.

Edgar told ABC Studio:

“I mean, here’s a guy that’s singing a tribute song to my brother, Johnny, and he sings the song and then … passes away himself. And in similar circumstances. … It’s just bizarre and very compelling...

"It’s probably one of his last performances, and it means the world to me to have him on the song."

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