Within the months main as much as his dying, FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins reportedly felt hesitant about returning to the street after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and wasn’t positive he would have the ability to stay a full-time member of the band in the event that they continued to tour on the similar tempo.
The claims had been made by various individuals, together with a number of of the drummer’s greatest mates, who had been interviewed by Rolling Stone journal about his profession, legacy, and outlook close to the tip of his life.
PEARL JAM and SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron, a detailed pal of Hawkins‘s for many years, advised Rolling Stone: “[Taylor] had a heart-to-heart with Dave [Grohl, FOO FIGHTERS leader] and, yeah, he advised me that he ‘could not fucking do it anymore’ — these had been his phrases. So I suppose they did come to some understanding, but it surely simply looks like the touring schedule obtained even crazier after that.” A rep for FOO FIGHTERS denied that Hawkins ever raised these points, saying “No, there was by no means a ‘heart-to-heart’ — or any kind of assembly on this subject — with Dave and [Silva Artist Management].”
“Truthfully, I feel he was simply so drained,” Hawkins‘s longtime pal and former boss, singer Sass Jordan, stated. “Uninterested in the entire recreation.”
A colleague and pal of Hawkins‘s, who requested to stay nameless, stated: “The truth that he lastly spoke to Dave and actually advised him that he could not do that and that he would not do it anymore, that was releasing for him. That took fucking balls. That did take a yr of working up the center to do.” A rep for FOO FIGHTERS stated: “He by no means ‘knowledgeable Dave and [management]’ of something in any respect like that.”
As well as, a number of mates advised Rolling Stone Hawkins misplaced consciousness on board a aircraft in Chicago final December. Information studies from the time described him anonymously as “a member of FOO FIGHTERS.” “He simply stated he was exhausted and collapsed, and so they needed to pump him filled with IVs and stuff,” his pal, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, advised Rolling Stone. “He was dehydrated and every kind of stuff.” When requested if FOO FIGHTERS had touch upon accounts that Taylor had misplaced consciousness on the aircraft, a rep stated, “This isn’t true.” After the incident, Smith stated Hawkins advised him, “I can not do it like this anymore.”
Cameron advised Rolling Stone that he believes Hawkins agreed to proceed touring with FOO FIGHTERS on the required tempo to be a workforce participant.
“[A band like that] is a giant machine [with] lots of people on the payroll,” Cameron stated. “So you have to actually be cognizant of the enterprise aspect of one thing when it is that large and that has inherent strain, identical to any enterprise.”
Rolling Stone says that it repeatedly requested Hawkins‘s members of the family and bandmates for interviews for the story, however Hawkins‘s household declined to remark.
Hawkins was discovered useless on March 25 on the 4 Seasons Casa Medina lodge in Bogota, Colombia whereas FOO FIGHTERS had been on tour. An official reason behind dying for Hawkins hasn’t but been launched, however on March 26, Colombia’s lawyer normal’s workplace issued a preliminary toxicology report, saying that health workers discovered proof of 10 varieties of substances in Hawkins‘s physique, together with opioids, benzodiazepines, marijuana and antidepressants.
Rolling Stone‘s full report will be discovered at this location.