The late Taylor Hawkins’ mates have been interviewed for a brand new Rolling Stone article that outlines the Foo Fighters drummer’s last days. It consists of interviews with Hawkins’ mates and colleagues, who declare he expressed discomfort in regards to the bodily demanding nature of the band’s months-long tour schedule. Amongst these interviewed have been Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron and Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, who each claimed that Hawkins mentioned he’d spoken with Dave Grohl about his discomfort with the tour schedule within the months earlier than he died in March.
“He had a heart-to-heart with Dave and, yeah, he informed me that he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore’—these have been his phrases,” Cameron mentioned. “So I suppose they did come to some understanding, but it surely simply looks as if the touring schedule obtained even crazier after that.” A Foo Fighters consultant informed Rolling Stone that Hawkins by no means raised these points: “No, there was by no means a ‘heart-to-heart’—or any kind of assembly on this matter—with Dave and [Silva Artist Management].”
The report additionally consists of claims of a December 2021 incident when Hawkins is alleged to have misplaced consciousness on a aircraft in Chicago. (Responding to Rolling Stone, Foo Fighters’ consultant denied that the drummer misplaced consciousness on the aircraft.) “He simply mentioned he was exhausted and collapsed, they usually needed to pump him stuffed with IVs and stuff,” Smith mentioned. “He was dehydrated and all types of stuff.” Smith claimed that Hawkins later informed him, “I can’t do it like this anymore.”
Smith continued: “That was one of many straws that broke the camel’s again. After that, he had an actual essential heart-to-heart with Dave and the administration. He mentioned, ‘I can’t proceed on this schedule, and so we’ve obtained to determine one thing.’”
Learn the article, titled “Inside Taylor Hawkins’ Last Days as a Foo Fighter,” at Rolling Stone. Pitchfork has reached out to Foo Fighters’ representatives.
Hawkins died in March, at 50 years previous, whereas on tour with Foo Fighters in Bogotá, Colombia forward of a scheduled efficiency at Competition Estéreo Picnic. Officers in Colombia claimed that 10 totally different substances have been present in his system upon his dying and that an ambulance was initially despatched attributable to a report of chest pains. An official explanation for dying has not been launched. The drummer’s final present with the band occurred on March 20 at Lollapalooza Argentina in Buenos Aires.
After his dying, Foo Fighters known as off all of their scheduled tour dates. Quickly after, Hawkins and the band received Grammy Awards for Greatest Rock Album, Greatest Rock Tune, and Greatest Rock Efficiency.