Nearly two months after the death of Taylor Hawkins, drummer of the Foo Fighters, the magazine “Rolling Stone” publishes investigation about the American musician’s final days and what may have led to his death. It is recalled that, until now, the cause of death has not been revealed, having only published the results of a toxicological test carried out in Colombia, which accused the presence of marijuana, antidepressants and opioids, among other substances.
For this work, “Rolling Stone” interviewed 20 friends of Taylor Hawkins and found that the drummer complained about the physical demands of performing dozens of concerts a year, each lasting around three hours. The drummer’s family declined to comment, and bandmates declined to testify either; however, a Foo Fighters representative denied that Taylor Hawkins made these complaints.
One of Taylor Hawkins’ friends that “Rolling Stone” heard from, and who agreed to be identified, was Pearl Jam drummer (and ex-Soundgarden) Matt Cameron.
“He had a one-on-one conversation with Dave [Grohl]. And he said: “I can’t do this anymore” – these are his words. I guess they came to some kind of agreement, but then the band’s concert schedule got even crazier.” Heard by the same magazine, the manager of the group, John Silva, denies that this conversation or any other type of meeting with Dave Grohl took place.
“Honestly, I think he was tired. Tired of it all,” Sass Jordan, a friend of the drummer, said with other teammates saying that Taylor Hawkins had a conversation with the Foo Fighters frontman. was liberating for him”. . . It took balls to do it. It took a year to find the courage.”
The truth is that Taylor Hawkins continued to perform with the Foo Fighters, a decision Matt Cameron attributed to the fact that the musician didn’t want the people who make a living from the Foo Fighters “business” hurt. “A group like that is a big machine, which feeds a lot of people. When a group is so big, it brings associated pressure, like in any business,” he recalls. “He did his best to hold on. And in the end, he couldn’t take it anymore.”
The discomfort of Taylor Hawkins will be aggravated in December, when the drummer passed out on a plane on which the band was traveling to Chicago, in the United States. At the time, the news broke the news, identifying him only as “a member of the Foo Fighters”. But now several friends, like Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, guarantee it was Taylor Hawlins. “He said he was exhausted and passed out, and they had to put him on an IV and everything. He was all dehydrated,” the Chili Peppers drummer says, saying that after what happened happened, his friend said to him, “I can’t stop doing this.” Again, this version of the story is denied by representatives of the Foo Fighters.
Although Taylor Hawkins suffered a heroin overdose more than 20 years ago which prevented the Foo Fighters from performing at the Ilha do Ermal festival in Portugal, friends do not believe the musician currently uses hard drugs . At the time of his death, his heart was reported to weigh at least 600 grams, twice the normal weight of that organ, and as such could have failed even without drug use.
“From to overdose that he didn’t want Dave to have to worry about it again,” Chad “Yeti” Ward, a drum tech who worked with the band between 2005 and 2019, told Rolling Stone. Taylor Hawkins had told “Kerrang!” “, who had replaced hard drugs with a mountain bike. And after he passed out on the plane, he said “Yeti”, he started to ride less bike, so as not to strain his heart too much. This friend and Former collaborator of the drummer guarantees that it does not make sense that it was the hard drugs which caused the death of Taylor Hawkins: “It was a day in concert and he was always sober.”
Rolling Stone ends the article by writing that it spoke to Chad Smith, drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a few weeks after his friend’s death, but that the musician “cried so much he could barely speak”. Smith ended up saying, however, “The best people seem to shine too bright. I believe our essence and our spirit is going somewhere. I know that sounds like a conversation new age, but it comforts me to think that he watches over his loving family and friends. He shines his light elsewhere.”
Following the death of Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters canceled their tour, which included a concert at Rock in Rio Lisboa. They have been replaced on the poster by the English Muse.