A high school friend and band mate, Chris Chaney, has had a long career since high school playing with people like Alanis Morrisette, Jane's Addiction, and being in both Dave Navarro and Taylor Hawkins side project bands.
He and Taylor met playing with Alanis, and have been brothers ever since.
According to Chris, Taylor is exactly who everyone says he was; just a sweetheart of a guy, and a phenomenal drummer. (I like in the article how he says that Dave Grohl is a John Bonham style drummer, while Taylor is a Stuart Copeland style drummer. It really nails the finer details of how these two guys differ, and why they are both monsters in their own right.)