The surprising dying of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins on March 25 despatched shockwaves by way of the rock group. Hawkins turned 50.

“The Foo Fighters family is saddened by the tragic and untimely death of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the band stated in a press release. “His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on in 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 at this unimaginably difficult time.”

Foo Fighters have been scheduled to carry out on the Estero Picnic competition in Bogota, Colombia on the identical evening, in addition to at Lollapalooza Brasil on Sunday, March 27 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Although no explanation for dying was reported, a number of sources have confirmed that Hawkins was present in his lodge room on the night of March 25.

Hawkins final reside efficiency was a number of days earlier on March 20 at Lollapalooza Argentina in San Isidro, the place the hour-long present featured Hawkins’ rendition of Queen’s Somebody to Love.

“You know the best thing about Taylor Hawkins, he’s the best damn drummer in the world,” stated Dave Grohl as he launched Hawkins on stage. “We love him so much.”

Hawkins, wearing shiny orange tiger-striped pants, descended from his seat behind the gear, selecting up a microphone on the best way. “This motherfucker can sing and these pants make it sound better,” Grohl joked.

“Hi Dave,” Hawkins stated, hugging Grohl earlier than he went again to fill in on the drums.

“I fucking love Dave Grohl,” Hawkins stated. “If it weren’t for Dave Grohl, I’d be delivering pizzas. If it weren’t for Dave Grohl, I’d be running the drums department at a guitar center.”

The band then launched into the song, with Hawkins assuming frontman status. (See the full concert performance, featuring various Foo Fighters hits, here.)

“We’re not a type of bands that is hooked as much as a pc or enjoying to backing tracks,” Hawkins told Kerrang! in 2021. “We don’t have a safety net, and what happens is what happens. If it’s a train wreck, it’s a bloody train wreck. We live and die by the great sword of rock ‘n’ roll. You get something real: you get blood, you get guts, you get human exchange, and we really feed on the audience and the excitement.”

Watch Taylor Hawkins sing “Somebody to Love” on March 20, 2022

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