Taylor Hawkins on drums at Foo Fighters concert: 'He said 'I can't fucking do this anymore''
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On March 25, an ambulance was called to a hotel in the Colombian capital, Bogotá;
he could only determine the death of the hotel guest: Taylor Hawkins, 50 years old and drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters.
Since then, no official cause of death has been announced.
While there have been reports of traces of drug use being found on Hawkins' body, the autopsy report has not yet been released.
For a detailed article, the US music magazine "Rolling Stone" spoke to 20 friends and companions in the month and a half after his death (although neither the family nor the bandmates were willing to comment).
In the text, the magazine attempts to reconstruct Taylor Hawkins' health and mental state in the months leading up to his death.
Respondents also included drummers from the bands Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who said Hawkins' had expressed concerns to them about the upcoming tour schedule.
However, after the article was published, both distanced themselves from the text and apologized for their involvement in it.
Foo Fighters management denies Taylor Hawkins has expressed any reservations about the band.
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron is quoted in the article as saying that his friend Hawkins told him he "can't fucking do it anymore." Hawkins told him about a chat he had with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl reports, "So I think they came to some kind of understanding," says Cameron. "But after that the tour schedule just seemed to get more insane." There was no discussion with Grohl or a meeting with management on the subject, a spokesman for the band can be quoted as saying.
The article also reports an incident on a plane in Chicago in December 2021.
Accordingly, Hawkins is said to have lost consciousness in the machine.
Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers says Hawkins told him "he was exhausted and collapsed.
They should have pumped him on IVs because he was dehydrated."
Smith also quotes Hawkins as saying "I can't go on like this" and speaks of an alleged debate.
Chad Smith apologized via Instagram for the pain the Rolling Stone article may have caused in Taylor Hawkins' family and his "musical friends".
He misjudged the nature of the article, saying the story was "blustering and misleading."
Pearl Jam colleague Matt Cameron made a similar statement.
He assumed he was taking part in a celebration of the life and work of the deceased.
His quotes were taken out of context and incorporated into a narrative that he did not intend.
He also expressed his deepest respect to Hawkins' family and bandmates and apologized.
The article also quotes another friend of Hawkins's who wished to remain anonymous, but who also spoke about the discussion of the tour program.
Agreements were made to reduce the load, but Taylor Hawkins continued to feel pressured.
The Foo Fighters spokesman denied that Hawkins had any requests for restrictions.
Blues musician Sass Jordan, for whom Taylor Hawkins drummed early in his career, is quoted in the article as saying that she wanted to meet Hawkins, but he told her, "I can't look at the tour schedule, it bothers me." Fear!” Jordan linked the Rolling Stone article on her Facebook page.