New bomb report by rolling rock, titled “Taylor Hawkins’ Last Days as a Foo Fighter,” troublingly claims that the legendary drummer was on the verge of exhaustion from playing physically taxing, nearly three-hour performances, and at the time of his death was considering downsizing his foo duties or even quitting the band altogether. Hawkins died at the age of 50 on March 25, just hours before the Foo Fighters were scheduled to play at the Estéreo Festival in Bogota, Colombia.
“Honestly, I think he was pretty tired. I got tired of the whole game,” said blues singer Suss Jordan, who drummed Hawkins in the 1990s, rolling rock. Jordan also recalled Hawkins’ vent to her, “Oh, my God. I can’t look at the damn flight schedule. It’s giving me anxiety.” At the time, there were 62 dates on the Foo Fighters calendar for 2022, across North America, South America, Europe and Australia.
Rolling Stone has 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 Foos survivors declined to be interviewed for the piece; The publicity agent and its 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 retweet rolling rockarticle In an apparent show of support, both Cameron and Smith criticized the post – claiming they were misled into believing they were contributing to the festive Hawkins Fair, not a show.
“Taylor was one of my best friends and I would do anything for his family. Asked by rolling rock To talk about Taylor for a tribute article I certainly didn’t expect it to be a piece about his last days. Had I known this, I would never have spoken to the magazine, and I apologize for any pain I may have caused in sharing the article to his family and musical friends. I miss him every day,” Smith told Yahoo Entertainment exclusively. Cameron posted a statement on Instagram expressing similar regret: “When I agreed to participate in the rolling rock The article, I assumed, would be a celebration of his life and work. My quotes have been taken out of context and shaped into a narrative that I never intended. … I am truly sorry for participating in this interview and I apologize that my participation may cause 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 live to stage once COVID restrictions are relaxed in 2021, starting with six songs at the Vax Live All-Star event at SoFi Stadium on May 2, followed by a 23-song show at the Canyon Club which It seats 610 in Agora, California, to celebrate the “re-opening” of Los Angeles County nightlife on June 15. rolling rock In fact, he interviewed Hawkins at his Los Angeles home that June morning, at which time he admitted he was “really nervous” about the intimate club party. “I have a huge fear of the stage, major, major, major. Like today like, I’m in hell right now,” he said. Hawkins also stated that he had sleep apnea and an enlarged heart (or “runner’s heart”) and was “trying very hard to figure out how to continue to maintain the intensity of a 50-year-old’s heart, which is very difficult.” However, he assured the publication that he had recently had “everything checked” by a doctor and had been told he was in “excellent condition”.
By mid-2021, all systems were intended for Foo Fighters. While other teams of their age were still regressing to post-pandemic life and had few histories in the books, Foo reopened New York’s Madison Square Garden just five days after the Canyon Club show; address several festivals, including Lollapalooza; Received the Global Icon Award at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards; Paul McCartney inducted him into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame category of 2021. They also released a theatrical horror comedy, studio 666and performed at the film’s after-party premiere at the Fonda Hollywood Theatre. Overall, the band played about 40 shows in 2021, and while Hawkins was looking forward to the busiest 2022 schedule, he “knew he wasn’t in it” but was “trying to deliver,” according to another fellow Hawkins who spoke to rolling rock On condition of anonymity.
Cameron explained to rolling rock. “We had to strike that ‘never complaining’ balance, but there are real, specific things about what we do that are really hard. … It’s like we should be able to run a marathon kind of every time we get to Theatre, just because the type of music calls for that kind of energy.”
Cameron also said rolling rock That Hawkins “was taking Grohl from heart to heart, yes, he told me he ‘couldn’t do that anymore’—those were his words.” An anonymous story source confirmed Cameron’s account, saying, “The truth is that [Hawkins] Finally he spoke to Dave and really told him that he couldn’t do it and that he wouldn’t do it anymore, that was available to him. That took f*** balls. It took a year of brave work to do.” However, Cameron added, “I think they came to some understanding, but it seemed like the flight schedule got even crazier after that. … [A band like the Foo Fighters] big machine [with] Lots of people on the payroll. So you have to be really aware of the business side of something when it’s that big and that has inherent pressure, just like any business. …he tried to keep up. He did whatever it took to keep up with it, and in the end he just couldn’t keep up.”
to me rolling rock Quotes attributed to Smith Hawkins lost consciousness on a Chicago plane in December 2021. “He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to pump him full of IVs and stuff. He was dehydrated and all sorts of things,” Smith said Hawkins told him. After this health scare, which was “one of the straws that broke the camel’s back,” “I can’t do it like that anymore.” Smith also revealed that in the last few months, Hawkins “has been lifting weights and drinking these electrolytes and was really trying to do things To help play at the level he wants to play at,” he recalled the time Hawkins confessed to him, “Man, you got hurt. my body hurts “.
Hawkins’ last concert with the Foo Fighters took place in Lollapalooza Argentina on March 20, 2022. Five days later, he was found dead in his Bogotá hotel room before the band topped the Estéreo Picnic Festival. (Instead of this performance, candles were placed on stage to honor Hawkins.) Four days later, the Foo Fighters canceled all of their future shows indefinitely “in light of the staggering loss of our brother.” The official cause of Hawkins’ death has not been revealed.
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