Foo Fighters will continue as a group after the death of Taylor Hawkins | foo fighters
The Foo Fighters announced they would continue as a band following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March last year.
In an Instagram post, the rock band said as they reflected on 2022 “the most difficult and tragic year our band has ever had,” they were reminded of how grateful they were for “the people we love and cherish the most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us.
They said they would see fans “soon”, but were “going to be a different band in the future” without Hawkins.
The message read: “The Foo Fighters were formed 27 years ago to represent the healing power of music and a continuation of life.
“And over the past 27 years, our fans have built a global community, a dedicated support system that has helped us all through the darkest times together.
“A place to share our joys and sorrows, our hopes and fears, and to join a chorus of living together through music.”
They also paid tribute to Hawkins, who recorded eight studio albums with the band, as an essential member of Foo Fighters and its evolution.
“Without Taylor, we never would have become the band we were – and without Taylor, we know we’re going to be a different band going forward,” they said.
“We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you. And we know that when we see you again – and we will see him again soon – he will be there in spirit with us every night.
Hawkins, who previously served as a touring drummer for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette, as well as drummer for the band Sylvia, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021 as a member of Foo Fighters.
In 2005 he was voted “Best Rock Drummer” by British drumming magazine Rhythm.
His death at the age of 50 in Bogotá, Colombia in 2022 shocked the music world with tributes coming from Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Elton John, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Miley Cyrus and Liam among others. Gallagher.
In a statement following the drummer’s death, the band said: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and contagious laughter will live with us all forever.
The night Hawkins died, Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the Estéreo Picnic festival in Bogotá as part of their South American tour.
Instead, the scene turned into a candlelight vigil for Hawkins.
No cause of death was announced, but a toxicology report showed traces of 10 substances in Hawkins’ body, including opioids, marijuana and antidepressants.
In September last year, two concerts were held in tribute to Hawkins: one at Wembley Stadium in London and another at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California.
Among those who played alongside the Foo Fighters were Sir Paul McCartney, Nile Rodgers, Queen, Alanis Morissette and Mark Ronson.