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Taylor Hawkins: Foo Fighters’ drummer bites the dust at age 50

Written by Nuel

The drummer with US rock group Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, has passed on at age 50, the band has declared.

The band said they were “devastated by the tragic and untimely loss” in a statement on social media. No cause of death has been given.

Hawkins played with Foo Fighters for more than two decades, joining shortly after they finished making their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape.

The band are currently on tour in South America.

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us forever,” Foo Fighters wrote.

“Our hearts go out to his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”

Foo Fighters were formed in 1994 by Dave Grohl, after his previous group Nirvana disbanded following the suicide of lead singer Kurt Cobain.

While Grohl drummed for Nirvana, he took on lead vocals and guitar in Foo Fighters, and so Hawkins had the daunting task of drumming in a group founded by one of the most celebrated drummers in rock.

“I was somewhat anxious from the get go, however I moved past that,” he told OC Weekly not long after joining.

“Any occurrence where you’re trying out for something, you will be apprehensive. However, nobody can play better compared to Dave Grohl. He simply has this vision in his mind.”

The two in some cases traded jobs during the band’s shows, with Hawkins taking on vocals. After fresh insight about his demise was reported many fans shared clasps of him singing Queen’s Somebody to Love.

Prior to joining Foo Fighters, Hawkins drummed for Alanis Morissette.

The band had been expected to perform on Friday night at the Estereo Picnic celebration in Bogota, Colombia. The US consulate in Bogota communicated its “sincerest sympathies” to the drummer’s family, companions and fans.

Taylor Hawkins

 

Musicians share tributes

Offering recognition, Tom Morello, of individual rockers Rage Against the Machine, tweeted: “God favor you Taylor Hawkins. I cherished your soul and your relentless stone power. Find happiness in the hereafter my companion.”

Ozzy Osbourne said Hawkins was “genuinely an extraordinary individual and an astonishing performer”.

Miley Cyrus, who was important for the celebration line-up, said she would commit her Saturday show to Hawkins.

“My number one memory of Taylor is moving round the drum unit while he played this song…” she posted on Instagram, with an image of the Pretenders tune Brass In Pocket.

“Playing it on rehash, envisioning us chuckling for eternity.”

Previous Beatles drummer Ringo Starr likewise communicated his sympathies. “God favor Taylor,” he composed.

“Harmony and love to all his family and the band harmony and love.”

Kiss part Gene Simmons said he was “stunned and disheartened” by the insight about Hawkins’ passing.

Billy Idol shared an image of Hawkins on Twitter with the words: “So disastrous. Find happiness in the hereafter Taylor.”

Different groups honoring the Foo Fighters drummer incorporated the Smashing Pumpkins, Nickelback and the Offspring.

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