Taylor Hawkins expressed unease about the Foo Fighters’ touring schedule before he died, friends claim

The late Taylor Hawkins’ friends were interviewed for a new one Rolling Stone Article outlining the last days of the Foo Fighters drummer. It includes interviews with friends and colleagues of Hawkins’ who claim he expressed unease about the physically demanding nature of the band’s month-long touring schedule. Among those interviewed were Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, both of whom claimed Hawkins said he spoke to Dave Grohl about his unease with the tour schedule in the months leading up to his death in March.

“He had a heart-to-heart talk with Dave and, yes, he told me he ‘can’t fucking take any more’ — those were his words,” Cameron said. “I guess they settled, but it seems like the touring schedule got even crazier after that,” a Foo Fighters rep said Rolling Stone that Hawkins never raised these issues: “No, there was never a ‘heart to heart’ or any meeting on the subject – with Dave and [Silva Artist Management].”

The report also includes claims about an incident in December 2021 when Hawkins reportedly lost consciousness on a plane in Chicago. (Answer to Rolling Stone, the Foo Fighters rep denied that the drummer passed out on the plane.) “He just said he was exhausted and collapsed and they had to pump him full of IVs and other stuff,” Smith said. “He was dehydrated and all sorts of stuff.” Smith claimed Hawkins later told him, “I can’t do this like that anymore.”

Smith continued, “That was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back. After that, he had a really important heart-to-heart talk with Dave and management. He said, ‘I can’t continue on this schedule, so we have to come up with something.’”

Read the article titled Inside Taylor Hawkins’ Final Days as a Foo Fighter below Rolling Stone. Pitchfork reached out to Foo Fighters representatives.

Hawkins died in March at the age of 50 while touring with the Foo Fighters in Bogotá, Colombia, ahead of a scheduled performance at the Estéreo Picnic festival. Officials in Colombia claimed that 10 different substances were found in his system after his death and that an ambulance was initially sent due to a report of chest pains. An official cause of death was not released. The drummer’s last show with the band was on March 20 at Lollapalooza Argentina in Buenos Aires.

After his death, Foo Fighters canceled all scheduled tour dates. Soon after, Hawkins and the band won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

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