When the rock musician Dave Grohl set out to find a new drummer for his up-and-coming band Foo Fighters, the odds were stacked against whoever sat behind the kit.
Grohl was widely considered one of the most sonically explosive and technically gifted drummers in modern rock. He helped define the ethos of a generation with Nirvana.
But he was going to be the frontman in his new band — and he needed someone who would not make fans keep wishing he had stuck with drums.
It was fair to wonder whether any drummer — no matter how prodigiously talented — could possibly live up to Grohl's exacting standards or the music industry's merciless expectations.
And yet in the hard-driving yet down-to-earth Taylor Hawkins, who was touring with Alanis Morissette, Grohl found a creative collaborator and a spiritual brother.