Taylor Hawkins, the longtime drummer of the band Foo Fighters, has died. He was 50.
The rock band introduced Hawkins’ loss of life on Twitter Friday. No explanation for loss of life was supplied.
“The Foo Fighters household is devastated by the tragic and premature lack of our Taylor Hawkins,” learn the band’s assertion. “His musical spirit and infectious laughter will dwell on with all of us perpetually. Our hearts exit to his spouse, youngsters and household, and we ask that their privateness be handled with the utmost respect on this unimaginably troublesome time.”
A consultant for Hawkins advised USA TODAY Friday that no additional particulars are presently out there.
Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997, taking on for authentic drummer William Goldsmith. On Friday, the band was scheduled to play on the Pageant Estéreo Picnic in Bogotá, Colombia. Their subsequent present was scheduled for Lollapalooza Brasil in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday, and so they have been additionally set to play on the Grammy Awards on April 3.
In October 2021, Hawkins was inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame alongside his fellow Foo Fighters. The drummer used his speech to highlight different musicians who he felt additionally deserved the glory, like George Michael and the bands Jane’s Dependancy and Soundgarden.
“So I’ll share this with you guys, however once you guys get it, you’ve received to provide me again your bit,” he stated.
Lately, Hawkins appeared alongside his fellow Foo Fighters — frontman Dave Grohl, bassist Nate Mendel, guitarist Pat Smear, lead guitarist Chris Shiflett and keyboardist Rami Jaffee — within the horror-comedy movie “Studio 666,” which got here out in February.
Born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Fort Price, Texas in 1972, Hawkins was raised in Laguna Seashore, California. He performed within the small Southern California band Sylvia earlier than touchdown his first main gig as a drummer for Canadian singer Sass Jordan. He then spent the mid-Nineteen Nineties because the touring drummer for Alanis Morissette earlier than Grohl requested him to hitch the Foo Fighters.
It’s the second time Grohl has skilled the loss of life of a detailed bandmate: Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana when Kurt Cobain died in 1994.
Hawkins is survived by his spouse Alison and their three youngsters.
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Musicians mourned Hawkins’ loss of life on Twitter following the announcement.
“In utter disbelief on the information of Taylor Hawkins,” wrote the band Nickelback. “Our deepest condolences to his household, his bandmates, his crew, his buddies and everybody that was ever touched by the music he created.”
Ozzy Osbourne described Hawkins as “actually a terrific particular person and an incredible musician.”
“My coronary heart, my love and my condolences exit to his spouse, his youngsters, his household, his band and his followers,” he continued. “See you on the opposite aspect”
FINNEAS wrote that he is “so heartbroken to listen to about Taylor Hawkins’ passing.”
“What an unbelievable expertise, who didn’t additionally must be so sort and beneficiant and funky however was all these issues too anyway,” he continued. “The world was so fortunate to have his presents for the time that it did, Relaxation In Peace.”
Queen guitarist Brian Could expressed his shock concerning the lack of his current collaborator: “No. It can’t be…” Hawkins performed drums on the music “Cyborg,” which shall be on the remastered model of Could’s “One other World” album subsequent month.
Paul Stanley of the band Kiss wrote that he was “speechless and gutted.”
“Taylor was a terrific man, a dad and a husband,” he added. “My coronary heart goes out to them, Dave and the band. What terrible information.”
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr despatched “peace and love” to Hawkins’ household and the remainder of the Foo Fighters.
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Mickey Guyton wrote that she’s “fully heartbroken” and “sending love” to the Foo Fighters.
“In absolute shock & disbelief over the the passing of Taylor Hawkins,” wrote Dream Theater co-founder Mike Portnoy, posting images of himself with Hawkins. “I’ve all the time had a lot admiration for him. Superb drummer & a gem of a man who was all the time enjoyable to be round. I’m completely gutted…my deepest condolences to his bandmates & household”
Christian Coma, of the band Black Veil Brides, wrote that he was “so bummed” on the information.
“Was the nicest man once I met him, and he was such an influential drummer,” Coma added. “My coronary heart goes out to his household, the Foo Fighters, and everybody affected by the lack of a legend.”
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Contributing: Andrew Dalton, Related Press
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