In a brand new Rolling Stone article about Taylor Hawkins, mates and colleagues of the late drummer gave interviews about his closing months. It contains quotes claiming that Hawkins privately expressed discomfort about Foo Fighters’ intensive tour schedule. The band’s representatives denied these characterizations. Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron and Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, who had been among the many sources discussing Hawkins’ closing non-public conversations, have since launched statements at this time apologizing to Hawkins’ bandmates and household. In addition they distanced themselves from the article.
“Once I agreed to participate within the Rolling Stone article about Taylor, I assumed it might be a celebration of his life and work,” Matt Cameron wrote in an announcement. “My quotes had been taken out of context and formed right into a narrative I had by no means meant. Taylor was a pricey buddy, and a subsequent stage artist. I miss him. I’ve solely the deepest love and respect for Taylor, Dave and the Foo Fighters households. I’m really sorry to have taken half on this interview and I apologize that my participation might have brought about hurt to these for whom I’ve solely the deepest respect and admiration.”
“Taylor was considered one of my greatest mates and I might do something for his household,” Smith wrote. “I used to be requested by Rolling Stone to share some recollections of our time collectively, which I assumed was going to be the loving tribute he deserved. As an alternative, the story they wrote was sensationalized and deceptive, and had I recognized I by no means would have agreed to take part. I apologize to his household and musical mates for any ache this will likely have brought about. I miss Taylor each day.”
Cameron and Smith had been two of 4 sources within the article who mentioned Hawkins’ obvious nervousness and considerations in regards to the Foo Fighters’ touring schedule in his closing months. A 3rd supply was stored nameless, and the fourth was singer Sass Jordan, who posted a hyperlink to the article this morning on her public Fb web page.
Pitchfork has reached out to Rolling Stone and Foo Fighters for remark.