A new posthumous profile of Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters drummer who died in March, examines his final months on the road with the legendary rock band. And that doesn’t sit well with his former bandmates and some of his friends who were interviewed for the story.
Talk to rolling stone For an article published on Monday, several friends of Hawkins said the late musician had complained of tour-related burnout as the band hit the road after an 18-month hiatus caused by the pandemic.
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron said his friend Hawkins feared the physical toll of playing nearly three hours of high-octane music every night as he approached 50.
“He had a heart to heart with Dave [Grohl] and, yeah, he told me he ‘couldn’t do it anymore’ – those are his words,” Cameron told the magazine. “So I guess they hit it off, but it looks like the program touring got crazier after that.”
Several hours after the story was published, however, Cameron said his comments had been twisted and apologized for any harm he may have caused.
“When I agreed to participate in Rolling Stone’s article on Taylor, I assumed it would be a celebration of his life and work,” he wrote on instagram Tuesday. “My quotes have been taken out of context and turned into a narrative I never intended.”
“Taylor was a dear friend and a next-level artist,” he added. “I have nothing but the deepest love and respect for Taylor, Dave and the Foo Fighters families. I am truly sorry to have participated in this interview and apologize that my participation may have caused harm to those for whom I have nothing but the deepest respect and admiration.
Cameron was one of several people who told Rolling Stone that Hawkins had complained of exhaustion due to the band’s hectic schedule. The band played around 40 shows between June and December 2021, and had around 60 more scheduled for 2022, although the tour was canceled after Hawkins died at age 50. No cause of death was revealed, but several substances were found in Hawkins’ system. .
In December, the Foo Fighters were forced to cancel a concert at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the concert promoter claiming at the time that an unnamed band member was precipitate at Chicago Hospital. According to Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, that person was Hawkins after he lost consciousness on the plane.
“He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to pump him with IVs and stuff,” Smith told Rolling Stone. “It was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back. After that, he had a really important one-on-one with Dave and management. He said, “I can’t continue with this program, so we have to find something.”
A representative for Foo Fighters denied that Hawkins ever lost consciousness on the plane and said the drummer never expressed fear of being overworked.
Smith also walked back his comments after Rolling Stone published his story, saying he thought he was contributing a “loving tribute” when he agreed to speak with writer Andy Greene.
“Taylor was one of my best friends and I would do anything for her family,” Smith wrote on instagram Tuesday afternoon. “Rolling Stone asked me to share some memories of our time together, which I thought was going to be the loving tribute it deserved. Instead, the story they wrote was sensationalized and misleading. , and if I had known, I would never have agreed to participate.
“I apologize to his family and fellow musicians for any pain this may have caused,” he continued. “I miss Taylor everyday.”
Hawkins died on March 25 before a scheduled performance at the Estéreo Picnic Festival in Bogotá, Colombia. An official cause of death has not been released, but investigators said traces of 10 drugs were found in his system.