Friends of Taylor Hawkins denounce Rolling Stone report that Foo Fighters drummer was driven to exhaustion

Friends of Taylor Hawkins denounce Rolling Stone report that Foo Fighters drummer was driven to exhaustion

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins performs in 2020. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins performs in 2020. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

A new explosive report from rolling stone, titled “Inside Taylor Hawkins’s Final Days as a Foo Fighter”, disturbingly claims that the legendary drummer was on the verge of exhaustion after playing physically taxing shows lasting almost three hours and that at the time of his death, he considered reducing his Foos duties or even leaving the band altogether. Hawkins died at age 50 on March 25, just hours before the Foo Fighters played at Festival Estéreo in Bogotá, Colombia.

“Honestly, I think he was so tired. Tired of all the playing,” said blues singer Sass Jordan, for whom Hawkins played drums in the ’90s. rolling stone. Jordan also recalled Hawkins telling him, “Oh my goddamn it. I can’t watch the damn tour schedule. It gives me anxiety. At that time, there were 62 dates on the Foo Fighters schedule for 2022, across North America, South America, Europe and Australia.

Rolling Stone conducted more than 20 interviews with Hawkins’ friends and colleagues, including Jordan, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and the other surviving Foos declined to be interviewed for the piece; their publicist and management have denied the allegations to the magazine’s four reporters and have yet to respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment. While Jordan has retweeted rolling stonethe article in an apparent show of support, Cameron and Smith both lambasted the publication – alleging they had been misled into thinking they were contributing to a celebratory Hawkins retrospective, not an expose.

“Taylor was one of my best friends and I would do anything for his family. asked me by rolling stone talk about Taylor for a tribute article and I certainly didn’t expect it to be an article about her last days. Had I known this, I never would have spoken to the magazine, and I apologize for any pain my participation in the article may have caused his family and musician friends. I miss him everyday,” Smith exclusively told Yahoo Entertainment. Cameron posted a statement on Instagram expressing similar regret: “When I agreed to participate in the rolling stone article, I assumed it would be a celebration of his life and work. My quotes have been taken out of context and turned into a narrative I never wanted. … I am truly sorry to have participated in this interview and I apologize that my participation may have caused harm to those for whom I have nothing but the deepest respect and admiration.

The Foo Fighters were one of the first actively touring bands to return to the stage once COVID restrictions eased in 2021, starting with a six-song set at SoFi Stadium’s All-Star Vax Live event on 2 May, followed by a 23-song show at the 610-seat Canyon Club in Agoura, Calif., to celebrate the “reopening” of Los Angeles County nightlife on June 15. rolling stone actually interviewed Hawkins at his Los Angeles home that June morning, at which time he admitted he was “really nervous” about the intimate club gig. “I have major, major, major, major stage fright. Like today, it’s like I’m in hell right now,” he said. Hawkins also mentioned he was suffering from sleep apnea and an enlarged heart (or “runner’s heart”) and that he was “really trying to figure out how to continue to maintain the intensity of a young man in the body of a 50 year old man, this which is very difficult.” However, he assured the publication that he had recently had “everything checked out” by a doctor and was told he was in “incredible shape.”

By mid-2021, it was all over for the Foo Fighters. While other bands their age were still returning to post-pandemic life and had few dates in the books, the Foos reopened New York’s Madison Square Garden just five days after the Canyon Club show; has headlined several festivals, including Lollapalooza; received the Global Icon Award at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards; and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2021 by Paul McCartney. They also released a horror comedy movie theatrically, Workshop 666, and performed at the film’s premiere afterparty at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood. Overall, the band played around 40 shows in 2021, and as Hawkins considered his even busier schedule for 2022, he “knew he didn’t have it in him” but was “trying to deliver,” according to another colleague of Hawkins who spoke to rolling stone on condition of anonymity.

“There’s only a handful of guys in our profession who still play that intense, high-energy ’90s rock music,” Cameron explained to rolling stone. “We both had to find that balance of ‘we never want to complain’, but there are real, specific things about what we do that are really hard and really difficult. … It’s like we have to be able to run a marathon every time we go on stage, just because the music kind of calls out that kind of energy.

Cameron also said rolling stone that Hawkins “had a one-on-one with Grohl and, yeah, he told me he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore’ – those were his words.” The unnamed source of the story corroborated Cameron’s account saying, “The fact that [Hawkins] finally talked to Dave and really told him he couldn’t do this and he wouldn’t do it again, it was a release for him. It took fucking balls. It took a year of gut work to do it. However, Cameron added, “I guess they hit it off, but it seems the touring schedule got even crazier after that. … [A band like the Foo Fighters] is a big machine [with] a lot of people on the payroll. So you really have to be aware of the business side of something when it’s that big and there’s inherent pressure, like any business. … He tried to follow. He just did whatever it took to keep up, and in the end, he couldn’t keep up.

According to rolling stone Quotes attributed to Smith, Hawkins passed out on a plane from Chicago in December 2021. He was dehydrated and all kinds of things,” Smith said. After that health alert, which was “one of the straws that broke the camel’s back,” Smith said Hawkins told him, “I can’t do this like this anymore.” Smith also revealed that in his final months, Hawkins “started lifting weights and drinking those electrolytes and really trying to do things to help him play at the level he wanted to play,” and recalled a time when Hawkins admitted to having, “Man, I’m hurting. My body is hurting.

Hawkins’ last gig with the Foo Fighters was in Lollapalooza Argentina on March 20, 2022. Five days later he was found dead in his hotel room in Bogotá before the band headlined. of the Estereo Picnic Festival. (In lieu of this performance, candles were placed onstage to honor Hawkins.) Four days later, the Foo Fighters canceled all future shows indefinitely “in light of the stunning loss of our brother”. Hawkins’ official cause of death has still not been released.

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