Rufus Tiger Taylor

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Rufus Tiger Taylor
Rufus Tiger Taylor circa 2015.jpg
Taylor c. 2015
Background information
Birth name Rufus Tiger Taylor
Born (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 27)
London, England[1]
Genres Hard rock, glam metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts Kerry Ellis, Brian May, SAS Band, We Will Rock You, Queen + Adam Lambert, The Darkness

Rufus Tiger Taylor (born 8 March 1991) is an English musician, best known as the drummer for British rock band The Darkness since May 2015, and as a touring drummer for the Queen + Adam Lambert stage shows. He is the son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor.

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born on 8 March 1991 in London,[2] to Queen drummer Roger Taylor and his longtime girlfriend Debbie Leng. According to his father, Rufus' unusual middle name "Tiger" was chosen by the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury. Taylor claims that growing up with drums made him decide that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, as he was uninterested academically, dropping out of school at the age of 16 in favour of a ski instruction course with Formula One driver Damon Hill.[3]


2008–2011: Early career[edit]

Rufus and Roger Taylor performing with Queen + Adam Lambert at the TD Garden, Boston, MA, on 22 July 2014

Taylor's first notable appearance was the 2008 Royal Variety Performance, where he played drums for Kerry Ellis and his father Roger Taylor's Queen partner Brian May to an audience including Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In 2009, he played with famed Queen touring musician Spike Edney as part of his SAS (Spike's All-Stars) band.[4] He then toured with the Queen musical stage show, We Will Rock You, and worked again alongside Brian May as well as his father with Kerry Ellis on her album Anthems, contributing some drum tracks.[5]

2011–present: Queen + Adam Lambert and The Darkness[edit]

In 2011, Taylor would perform alongside his father, when he joined the Queen + Adam Lambert collaboration as a touring musician, providing drums and percussion for the stage show. Some of his notable moments on the tour were his "drum battles" with his father, and taking over as lead drummer on Queen classics such as "Tie Your Mother Down", or on "A Kind of Magic" while his father left the kit to provide lead vocals. Taylor has joined the band on both of their world tours, and remains a mainstay of their live show.

In May 2015, following the departure of Emily Dolan Davies, Taylor became the drummer for English rock band The Darkness, with guitarist Dan Hawkins confirming the news on a UK radio show.[6] He later drummed on their fifth album Pinewood Smile.

Personal life[edit]

As well as his famous father, he has two older half-siblings from his father's first wife Dominique Beyrand: Felix Luther Taylor, who recorded the song "Woman You're So Beautiful" as part of the duo Felix & Arty with their father; and Rory Eleanor Taylor, a medical doctor.[7] He also has two younger sisters from his mother and father: Tiger Lily (sometimes styled "Tigerlily") Taylor (born 1994), a fashion model,[8] and Lola Daisy May Taylor (born 2000).


  1. ^ "Band lineup". We Will Rock You official website. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  2. ^ "Band lineup". We Will Rock You official website. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  3. ^ "Relative Values: I wanted to do mad stuff like Dad". The Sunday Times. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  4. ^ "Band lineup". We Will Rock You official website. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  5. ^ Anthems (Liner Notes) Decca Records (2010)
  6. ^ "THE DARKNESS's New Drummer Is ROGER TAYLOR's Son RUFUS". 8 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  7. ^ "Prince Andrew heads back to his love boat..." Mail Online. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  8. ^ "Shouldn't you be wearing stripes? Tigerlily Taylor wears leopard print and lace slip to nightclub opening". Mail Online. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-10.