Taylor Hawkins’ friends blast Rolling Stone’s report that Foo Fighters drummer was pushed to exhaustion

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters will perform in 2020.  (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters will perform in 2020. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

A new bombshell report Rolling Stonestitled “In Taylor Hawkins’ final days as a Foo Fighter,” the troubling claim that the legendary drummer was on the brink of exhaustion after playing nearly three hours of performances and was considering scaling back his Foos duties or even quitting the band altogether at the time of his death. Hawkins in March Died on the 25th at the age of 50, just hours before the Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the Estéreo festival in Bogota, Colombia.

“Honestly, I think he’s just too tired. Tired of the whole game,” blues singer Sas Jordan, who played the drums for him in the ’90s, told Hawkins Rolling StonesJordan also remembers Hawkins venting to her, “Oh my God. I can’t see the damn travel schedule. It makes me anxious.” At the time, the Foo Fighters had 62 dates on their 2022 calendar , throughout North America, South America, Europe and Australia.

Rolling Stone 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 surviving Foos declined to be interviewed for the production; their publicist and management denied the allegations to four of the magazine’s reporters and have not responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.Although Jordan has Retweet Rolling Stonesarticle In seemingly supportive displays, both Cameron and Smith slammed the publication – claiming they were misled into thinking they were contributing to a retrospective celebrating Hawkins, rather than exposing it.

“Taylor is one of my best friends and I would do anything for his family. I was asked Rolling Stones Talking about a tribute article for Taylor, I certainly didn’t expect it to be an article about his last days. If I had known this, I would never have spoken to the magazine, and I apologize for any pain my participation in this article may have caused his family and his musical friends.I miss him every day,” Smith told Yahoo Entertainment exclusively. Cameron posted a statement Expressing similar regrets on Instagram: “When I agreed to participate Rolling Stones article, which I thought would be a celebration of his life and work. My citations were taken out of context, forming narratives I never imagined. …I am truly sorry for participating in this interview, and I am sorry that my participation may cause harm to those whom I have only the deepest respect and admiration for. “

The Foo Fighters are one of the first touring bands to aggressively return to the stage once COVID restrictions ease in 2021, starting with a six-song recording at the Vax Live All-Star Game at SoFi Stadium on May 2, followed by a full 23 – On June 15, a song performance was held at the 610-capacity Canyon Club in Agoura, California, to celebrate the “reopening” of nightlife in Los Angeles County. Rolling Stones Actually Interviewed Hawkins at his Los Angeles home in June morning, at the time he admitted he was “very nervous” about the intimate club gig. “I had severe stage fright, major, major, major. Like today, I’m in hell right now,” he said. Hawkins also mentioned that he suffers from sleep apnea and an enlarged heart (or “runner’s heart”), and is “working very hard to figure out how to continue the intensity of a young man in a 50-year-old body, which is very difficult. However, he assured the publication that he had recently undergone “everything checked” by doctors and was told he was in “appalling physical condition”.

All systems are available for Foo Fighters by mid-2021. While other bands of their era are still returning to post-pandemic life and barely dating on the books, the Foos reopened New York’s Madison Square Garden just five days after performing at the Canyons Club. Headlining multiple festivals, including Lollapalooza; receiving a Global Icon Award at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards; and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2021 by Paul McCartney. They also dramatically released a horror-comedy movie, Studio 666, and performed at the film’s post-premiere party at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood.Overall, the band has played around 40 shows in 2021, and as Hawkins looks ahead to their tighter 2022 schedule, he “knows he’s not doing it” but “is working on it,” another Hawkins’ colleague said he told… Rolling Stones on the condition of anonymity.

“There are only a handful of people in our profession who still play this intense, high-energy ’90s rock music,” explains Cameron Rolling Stones“We all have to strike a balance between ‘we never want to complain,’ but there is something real, concrete about what we do, and it’s really very challenging and very difficult. … It’s like we have to be able to run a marathon every time we go on stage, just because music needs that kind of energy.”

Cameron also told Rolling Stones Hawkins “had a heartfelt bond with Grohl, and yes, he told me he ‘couldn’t do it anymore’ – that’s what he said.” An anonymous source for the story confirmed Cameron’s claims, saying: “The truth is superior [Hawkins] Finally spoke to Dave and really told him he couldn’t do it, he wouldn’t do it again, it was free for him. It takes fucking balls. It does take a year of courage to do it. However, Cameron added: “I think they did come to some understanding, but the tour schedule seemed to get crazier after that. … [A band like the Foo Fighters] is a big machine [with] A lot of people are on the payroll. So you have to really recognize the business side of something, when it’s that big and there’s an inherent pressure, like any business. …he tried to keep up. He just tried everything he could to keep up, and in the end he couldn’t keep up. “

according to Rolling Stones To quote Smith, Hawkins fell unconscious on a plane in Chicago in December 2021. He was dehydrated, all kinds of things,” Smith said. After this health scare, which was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Smith said Hawkins told him, “I can’t do it anymore. Smith also revealed that in his final months, Hawkins “started lifting weights and drinking these electrolytes and was really trying to do something to help him get to the level he wanted,” recalling Hawkins admitting he , “Man, I’m hurt. My body is hurt. “

Hawkins’ final concert with the Foo Fighters will take place in Lollapalooza, Argentina on March 20, 2022. Five days later, he was found dead in his hotel room in Bogota, before the band prepared to be the protagonist of the Estéreo picnic festival. (In lieu of that show, candles were placed on stage in honor of Hawkins.) Four days later, the Foo Fighters canceled all their future shows indefinitely, “in light of the staggering loss of our brothers.” Hawkins’ official cause of death has not been released.

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