Rock fans worldwide were surprised after it was known the death of the renowned drummer of the ‘Foo Fighters’, Taylor Hawkins, on March 25 in the city of Bogotá.
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After almost two months of the unexpected news, dozens of theories have been speculated that have tried to explain the sudden death of the musician. In a report published by ‘The Rolling Stones’ magazine, it was found that Hawkins would have told a close friend that he was exhausted and that he was thinking of not continuing with the scheduled concert schedule.
According to the report, Taylor constantly complained of the physical exhaustion that the trips and concerts were causing him at 50 years of age. In an interview conducted in June 2021, she was able to relate that the pandemic had managed to give her a break after almost three decades of touring.
“I’ve been on the road for literally 28 years, so I had a year and a half off… I’m working really hard to figure out how to continue to maintain the intensity of a young man in a 50 year old man’s body, which is very difficult”, he told the magazine ‘The Rolling Stone’.
“I could not do it anymore”
There were more than 20 testimonies that could be collected in the report published by the magazine, of which Matt Damon, ‘Pearl Jam drummer’ and close friend of Hawkins, highlighted, there he mentioned the alleged physical exhaustion of the late musician.
“He had a heart-to-heart with Dave Grhol and, yes, he told me he ‘couldn’t take it anymore’, those were his words (…) I guess they came to an agreement, but I guess the touring schedule got even crazier after that. of that,” Damon mentioned to the aforementioned medium.
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He just said he was exhausted and collapsed
For their part, some sources, who have decided to remain anonymous and who were part of the team of representatives of ‘Foo Fighters’, point out that the artist never mentioned the subject and that there was never any kind of “sincere conversation or meeting with him.” Grohl and Silva Artist Management”.
Similarly, friends close to the drummer point out that Hawkins was being pressured to perform the concerts, Well, according to the testimonies in the report, Taylor was not aware of the dates, or the number of presentations he had to make.
In 2022 alone, more than 60 had already been scheduled shows worldwide. A figure that may sound low when compared to the maximum number of presentations they have had in the last decade: 110 in 2011 alone.
collapsed in a plane
Hawkins’ feeling had already had a traumatic episode in December 2021, when the artist lost consciousness on a plane in mid-flight. The story, which was initially denied by a representative of the band, could be corroborated by Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, who recently claimed that Taylor had told him what happened.
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“He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to fill him with serums and stuff (…) He was dehydrated and all kinds of things,” Smith told the quoted media.
Controversy over the statements
After the report published by ‘The Rolling Stones’ became known, Chad Smith and Matt Damon pointed out that their statements had been taken out of context and apologized to the people who may have been affected by what was said.
“When I agreed to do the Rolling Stone feature on Taylor, I assumed it would be a celebration of her life and work. My quotes were taken out of context and molded into a narrative that I had never intended,” Damon said in an Instagram post.
“Magazine Rolling Stone asked me to share some memories of our time together, which I thought would be the loving tribute it deserved.. Instead, the story they wrote was sensational and misleading, and had I known, I never would have agreed to participate. I apologize to his family and his musician friends for any pain this may have caused,” Smith said.
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