Social media accounts for rock bands Foo Fighters shared a tragic message Friday night during their Latin American tour: Taylor Hawkins, the band’s drummer since 1997, has passed away. The band called his departure “tragic and ill-timed”, commented on his “infectious spirit of music and laughter”, and asked for privacy “in these difficult times”. imaginable.” They did not report a cause of death. Hawkins is 50 years old.
The band was scheduled to perform the Estéreo Picnic Festival in Bogotá, Colombia, on Friday. But an hour before their intended massive promotional gig, Notice has been made that Hawkins overcame. Hawkins’ last performance was the previous Sunday in San Isidro, Argentina.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Dave Grohl, began his career as a drummer with the band Nirvana, forming the Foo Fighters in 1994 following the death of Kurt Cobain. In his 2021 book The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music, Grohl called Hawkins “brother from another mother, my best friend, someone for whom I would take a bullet.”
Before joining Foo Fighters, Texas-born Hawkins toured with Alanis Morrissette and Sass Jordan. He joined the group after the first drummer, William Goldsmith, reported as exited after Grohl recorded much of Goldsmith’s work himself on their second album. Hawkins and Grohl met during a European carnival scene, and the pair quickly bonded. Hawkins heard from their third, Grammy-winning album What’s left to lose?, onwards. His sense of humor is often evident during tours, as when he come out from behind the drum to sing a song The Queen wears a torn ABBA t-shirt. He is the most visible member of the group after Grohl; bag made a statement inducted Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
The group website lists upcoming dates in May at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, outdoor arenas including the Merriweather Post Pavilion near Baltimore, Maryland, followed by a tour through Europe in June. Are there any updates provided regarding those dates.
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