The last time Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl experienced pain was when Nirvana disbanded after the sudden death of Kurt Cobain. His suicide left a deep scar in Dave’s heart. Now, Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins died of a drug overdose in Columbia.
The two go way back in time. The surviving members of the Foo Fighters have returned to Los Angeles from Columbia after paying their respect to their star drummer Taylor Hawkins. Let us know about Taylor’s death and the journey of this band that survived many ups and downs.
Surviving band members
Foo Fighters nailed it at the 2022 iHeart Music Awards. They took away the Rock Artist of Year, Rock Song of the Year, and Rock Album of the Year at the gala event. The news of Taylor’s sudden demise comes as an unimaginable loss to the band.
Hawkins showcased his drumming for 25 of the band’s 28 years of existence. He took over from the original drummer William Goldsmith. After frontman Grohl, Taylor was the most prominent member of the band who appeared alongside Grohl in many adverts and band videos.
Now Taylor is gone for real and Foo Fighters is left with Dave Grohl (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Chris Shiflett (lead guitar, backing vocals), Nate Mendel (bass) and Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), and Rami Jaffee (touring keyboardist)
Dave is the founder of the Foo Fighters. He is the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter.
Chris Shiflett is the lead guitarist of Foo Fighters and was previously associated with punk rock bands like No Use for a Name and Me First.
Nate Mendel is the bass guitarist for the Foo Fighters. He was formerly associated with Sunny Day Real Estate.
Georg Albert Ruthenberg, known by the stage name Pat Smear, is the rhythm guitarist for the rock band and has recorded six studios with the band.
Rami Jaffee is best known as the keyboardist for the rock band Foo Fighters, whom he initially joined in a touring and session capacity in 2005. He became a full-time member in 2017.
Taylor Hawkins dies at 50
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 26, 2022
Foo Fighters posted on their Twitter that “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…”
Hawkins was found dead in a hotel room in Bogota where the band was supposed to perform at a festival. The prosecutors in Columbia released a statement on Saturday stating, “urine tests confirm that Hawkins had an overdose of 10 psychoactive substances and medicines like marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, opioids and benzodiazepines.”
Dave meets Taylor
Taylor Hawkins was extremely close to Dave and adored him for his talent. In a 2021 interview, Grohl recalled his first encounter with Hawkins. Dave said that they were at a radio show backstage, and Taylor came up to him with a beer. He said, “Hey, man, what’s up? I’m Taylor. I play with Alanis Morissette. Dude, I love your record. It’s so cool!’
Dave responded in the first 10 seconds of meeting him, “Wow, you’re either my twin or my spirit animal or my best friend.’ In the first 10 seconds of meeting him.” During Taylor’s last performance at Lollapalooza Argentina just five days before he died, Taylor revealed to the audience:
“I fuckin’ love Dave Grohl. I’d be delivering pizzas if it wasn’t for Dave Grohl. I’d be managing the drum department at a Guitar Center if it wasn’t for Dave Grohl.”
Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997. As one of its earlier members, Hawkins was a prominent part of the band. He saw the band grow. Had Dave joined Pearl Jam, there would be no Foo Fighters today. Taylor has been an integral part of the band’s success.
Foo Fighters have given us some of the best music since the 90s. Most famous songs include Waiting on a War, Shame Shame, No Son of Mine, Learn to Fly, Stacked Actors, and much more. Last year, Foo Fighters was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. The band has released around 10 studio albums and all have been a success.
The Journey starts…
Former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl was shattered by Kurt Kobain’s death and the further dissolution of Nirvana. He decided to take up his guitar and started an American Rock Band Foo Fighters in 1994 in Seattle.
The name Foo Fighters comes from World War II. It is a nickname coined by the Allied aircraft pilots for UFOs and other aerial phenomena. Before the release of this band’s debut album that featured only Grohl, he recruited members:
- Bassist Nate Mendel
- Drummer Goldsmith
- Pat Smear (former Nirvana guitarist)
Smear and Goldsmith both quit as the band’s second album “Colour in Shape” was being recorded. Smear rejoined in 2010. Later, Smear and Goldsmith were replaced by Franz Stahl and Taylor Hawkins. Stahl was fired before the recording of their third album “There Is Nothing Left to Lose”. Taylor, however, stayed till the end.
Later, Chris Shiflett joined on guitar as Foo Fighters released their fourth album “One by One”. The band went on to release hit albums like “In Your Honor”, “Echoes”, “Patience & Grace” and “Silence”.
In 2011, Smear returned as a full member during the recording of “Wasting Light”. Then, Rami Jaffee joined as a full member as a touring keyboardist during “Concrete and Gold” in 2017. The album was the second one to reach no. 1 in the US. Taylor Hawkins’s last album with the band was “Medicine at Midnight”.
Hawkins also starred in Foo Fighters’ recent horror-comedy film “Studio 666” wherein a demonic force seizes Grohl and makes him murderous. He kills Hawkins and other band members one by one. This film allowed the band to have fun while acting out a long-running joke.
In their journey filled with hurdles and several replacements, Foo Fighters won 12 Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album four times. Their last victory came at the iHeart Awards 2022, and Taylor was a part of it.
The band will continue to perform despite losing their star drummer “Taylor Hawkins”. It’s a tough time for the boys, but they are stronger than ever. Taylor went too soon and the band will take its own time to cope with this tragic loss. You will always be in our prayers, Taylor. What are your thoughts about this band’s journey?