Rest in peace to a legend
Following the shocking news of Taylor Hawkins’ death, aged just 50, the music world is uniting on social media to pay tribute to a rock and roll legend.
The Foo Fighters drummer passed away on Friday, March 25 in Bogota, Colombia, amid the band’s South American tour and just two days before they were set to headline Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday. His cause of death is still unknown.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 26, 2022
The band tweeted: “The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. “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.”
A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as part of the Foos, the news has echoed throughout the music world and artists from around the world have taken to social media to pay tribute.
. @TaylorHawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans. See you on the other side – Ozzy
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) March 26, 2022
God bless you Taylor Hawkins. I loved your spirit and your unstoppable rock power. Rest In Peace my friend. pic.twitter.com/AkiRLF2L3e
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 26, 2022
I’m so sad about this man.
coolest dude ever.
god bless & comfort his family, his bandmates, his friends & all his loved ones.
— Questo (@questlove) March 26, 2022
Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Taylor Hawkins my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends RIP brother LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 26, 2022
Long time friends of the band, Coldplay reportedly gave dedicated an impromptu performance of their song “Everglow” to Hawkins following the news of his passing during their gig in Mexico on Friday night.
Hawkins was the band’s drummer for 25 of 28 years in their career thus far, joining shortly after their 1997 sophomore album, The Colour and Shape.
He went on to not only become one of the leading personalities in the band alongside frontman Dave Grohl, but often gave vocal performances both from behind the drumkit and as a frontman. Here he is and Reading and Leeds 2019:
RIP Taylor Hawkins ? Your infectious energy and amazing stage presence will forever be missed ?
To honour him, here’s a video of The Foo Fighters at RandL19 performing Sunday Rain ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8nmRvfXSxX
— Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) March 26, 2022
And here he is centre stage, with Grohl returning to his roots on the sticks:
RIP Taylor Hawkins. Last performance in Mexico City March 15 2022 ? pic.twitter.com/M1xaSvt3VH
— David Saadia (@dsaadia) March 26, 2022
Just two days prior to his death, Hawkins was seen taking photos with fans on the band’s South American leg.
Increíble lo de taylor Hawkins. Hace dos días no mas estaba siendo súper amable con sus fans de acá y ahora simplemente ya no está pic.twitter.com/QQbshBFwJZ
— sunshine ? (@francesbeanzZ) March 26, 2022
Once regaling LA radio station 95.5 Klos with the story of their meeting, Grohl – the former drummer for Nirvana himself – revealed how the two came to meet while Hawkins was a touring drummer with Alanis Morrisette.
Picking up the phone, Hawkins said “You know I’m your guy” and Grohl insists they had been best friends ever since. Writing in his autobiography, he said: “Upon first meeting, our bond was immediate and we grew closer with every day, every song, every note that we ever played together. We are absolutely meant to be and I am grateful that we found each other in this lifetime.”
I can’t imagine being a drummer and losing your front man, then becoming the front man only to lose your drummer… rest in peace Taylor Hawkins, and peace be with you Dave Grohl, just devastating pic.twitter.com/l0pAtC1D1z
— Pizza Dad (@Pizza__Dad) March 26, 2022
Rest in peace to a legend.
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