Mourning the Loss of Taylor Hawkins

On behalf of Huey and the rest of the boys, we are stunned and saddened to hear of Taylor Hawkins’ passing. The Foo Fighters family and the music world has lost a shining, bright, super-talented star.

The Foos are a real band of brothers, and Taylor’s contributions to that unit can’t be overstated. He could sing, he was handsome, he was kind, and he was a freaking maniac on the kit.

The first time I met Taylor was at a Foos show in Oakland. I had taken my teenage daughters (who were both in love with Dave Grohl) to the show and took them backstage to meet the guys. I walked up to Taylor in the green room and introduced myself, mentioning that I was Huey and the News’ drummer. He sprang to his feet and said, “No freaking way, dude, I grew up playing to your records!!“ He called Dave over to meet me and we had a great little chat (my daughters were in shock at this point). Taylor and Dave were as down-to-earth and kind as anyone I’ve ever met. 

We met again in Osaka, Japan a few years later when HLN and the Foos were both touring there. We had a night off and all went down to the FF show. Again, Dave and the entire band were super gracious to us, having our entire entourage backstage before the show, and inviting us to go to dinner with them afterwards.  I was standing on the side of the stage watching their show when it came time for Taylor’s solo. He played like a Tasmanian Devil for about 10 straight minutes, and if you’ve ever sat down at a set of drums, you’ll know that this is no easy feat. It was evident (I speak from first-hand experience) that Taylor was running out of gas, so to speak, and at that moment the monitor mixer leans over to me and says, “I can tell he’s really trying to impress you.“ Well, mission accomplished.

I have always been a big FF fan, and Taylor’s drumming was so perfect for them. Our heartfelt condolences to Taylor’s wife and kids, and the entire FF family. They, and we, have lost a brother. Rest in Peace kind sir.

Bill Gibson

Loud and Clear Drummer Showcase with Bill Gibson and Others

Attention drummers! Send in your video to by MONDAY, MARCH 14th to be a part of our drummer showcase this Thursday, March 17th! Send in a 30-second video of yourself soloing and grooving and Loud and Clear’s Neville Hormuz along with Tiger Army’s Mike Fasano, Huey Lewis’ Bill Gibson, Y&T’s Mike Vanderhule and Slayer’s Paul Bostaph will watch your video on our livestream. In the end, our four favorites will win prizes from DW/PDP, Shure, Zildjian and Yamaha.

Fresh Interview With Johnny!

Sitting down with ‘Local Legends’ host (and good friend) Tony Wade spanning Johnny’s childhood and introduction to music, growing up in Solano County, moving on to Marin County, and everything else that happened since then… it’s a must-see! Watch now!

Huey on the passing of Betty White

“Acting with Betty White on “Hot in Cleveland” was one of my truly great experiences. She was funny, of course, smart, and very sweet. And talk about comedic timing. She loved wildlife, and loved to see pictures of elk, sand hill cranes, deer, and ducks on my Montana ranch. What an amazing career, and what a great person. I’m so lucky I got to work with her. Her work will endure.”
– Huey Lewis

Johnny Colla’s (semi) A Cappella “I Hear Other Voices!!” Just Released!

Did you like the a cappella segment in HLN’s shows? Then you’re gonna love Johnny’s new release, “I Hear Other Voices!!! “I suppose it’s the record I always wanted to make with the guys, but we kept kicking that can down the road.” HLN fans will recognize Johnny’s arrangements of ‘Mama Said’, ‘So Much In Love’, ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’, and a beautifully stripped-down version of the Huey/Johnny penned ‘Naturally’. Oh . . . and then there’s Johnny’s duet with a young lady formerly known as Gabi Wilson . . . you put the pieces together! check it out!

Johnny Steps Out with El Cajon Single

Johnny just finished producing and mixing a track for his next-door neighbor’s band ‘El Cajon’! Practicing safe social distancing protocol, Johnny ran cables over the fence from one house to the other to capture the lead vocal track . . . enjoy!

Johnny Colla’s “Lucky Devil” now available for digital download

JOHNNAAAYYYYYYY!!! For the first time ever, Johnny’s long lost 2002 release “LUCKY DEVIL” is now available for download worldwide via iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual download and streaming sites. ALSO . . . a handful of hard copies have recently been unearthed, and there’s a great rendition of HLN’s “Time Ain’t Money” that (according to Johnny) is closer to his original conception of the song. CHECK IT OUT HERE!!!