Before his death, the drummer of foo fightersTaylor Hawkins, has reportedly expressed some concerns about the intensity of the band’s touring schedule, following the easing of coronavirus restrictions and the return of live music.
The claims were reportedly made by some friends of the musician and reported by the magazine RollingStone.
The friends in question reportedly confirmed that Hawkins struggled to keep up with the physical demands of touring, which included three-hour gigs each night.
According to Setlist.fm, the Foo Fighters performed 44 shows in 2021. They performed six shows in 2022 before Hawkins passed away, and had more than 40 additional dates scheduled this year. The band’s most recent album, Medicine at Midnight, was released in 2021, while the band’s first original film, comedy horror Studio 666, arrived in February 2022.
According to the magazine’s report, prior to the Foo Fighters’ return to the stage, “Hawkins was hesitant to hit the road again and wasn’t sure he could remain a full-time member if they continued touring at this rate.”
The drummer of Pearl JamMatt Cameron, a close friend of Hawkins for many years, told Rolling Stone: “He had a heart-to-heart talk with Dave [Grohl] and, yes, he told me he ‘couldn’t take it anymore’, those were his words.”
“So I guess they found some common ground, but it seems like the touring schedule got even crazier after that.”
A representative for the Foo Fighters dismissed Cameron’s claim, saying: “No, there was never a ‘heart to heart’ – or any kind of meeting about it – with Dave and [Silva Artist Management].”
Sass Jordan, a longtime friend of Hawkins, told Rolling Stone: “Honestly, I think he was really tired. Tired of this whole process.”
Additionally, many of Hawkins’ friends reported that he passed out on a plane in Chicago, leading the band to cancel their December 12 gig due to “unforeseen medical circumstances.”
Chad Smith, drummer Red Hot Chili Peppersdescribes the incident in these terms: “He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to give him drips and stuff. He was dehydrated and all kinds of things.”
After the event, Smith claims that Hawkins told him: “I can’t go on like this anymore.”
Hawkins, 50, was found dead in his Bogota hotel room on March 25 before the show, which was to take place the same evening.
Hawkins’ official cause of death has yet to be announced. Early toxicology reports suggested a fatal overdose, but friends interviewed for the Rolling Stone article disputed those claims.
Shortly after the Rolling Stone article was published, both Smith and Cameron distanced themselves from the magazine.
Smith wrote: “Taylor was one of my best friends and I would do anything for his family. Rolling Stone asked me to share some memories of our time together, and I thought it would be a loving and well-deserved tribute. Instead, the story they wrote was sensational and misleading, and if I had known, I would never have agreed to participate. I apologize to his family and fellow musicians for any pain this may have caused. I miss Taylor everyday.”
Meanwhile, Cameron posted: “When I agreed to participate in the Rolling Stone feature on Taylor, I assumed it would be a celebration of his life and work. My quotes were taken out of context and shaped into a narrative I had never envisioned. Taylor was a valued friend, and a top performer. I miss him. I have nothing but the deepest love and respect for Taylor, Dave and the Foo Fighters families. I am truly sorry to have taken part 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.”
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