Foo Fighters have cancelled all their upcoming concerts after the tragic death of the band’s drummer Taylor Hawkins.
“It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother,” the band said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned.
“Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.”
The band was scheduled to play at the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.
They also had spring dates scheduled at the Beale Street Music Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Boston Calling Music Festival, among a bunch of other places. In summer they were expecting to appear in Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and the UK.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins tragically passed away at 50 years old on 25 March.
The band confirmed Hawkins’ death in a statement posted to Instagram and Twitter.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” said the post.
“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will love 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.”
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No official cause of death has been announced yet. But tributes flowed in from fans, journos and fellow musos.
In utter disbelief at the news of Taylor Hawkins. Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with @foofighters @Alanis and so many others. This is so incredibly sad. pic.twitter.com/2AUeqpaN94— Nickelback (@Nickelback) March 26, 2022
Here’s Dave Grohl talking about why Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997.— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) March 26, 2022
What a devastating loss. RIP pic.twitter.com/Et0Bav5eVs
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
Taylor Hawkins might’ve been the only drummer alive who could support Dave Grohl and not make you wish Grohl was sitting behind the kit.— Stephen Thomas Erlewine (@sterlewine) March 26, 2022
So heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins’ passing, what an incredible talent, who didn’t also need to be so kind and generous and cool but was all those things too anyway. The world was so lucky to have his gifts for the time that it did, Rest In Peace— FINNEAS (@finneas) March 26, 2022
Throwback to when Taylor Hawkins and the Foo Fighters rick rolled the bigots of Westboro Baptist church…I'm fucking devastated man rip Taylor Hawkins pic.twitter.com/jjL8sqo4Ym— Cory Landel (@CoryLandel) March 26, 2022
I am absolutely stunned by the news of the passing of Taylor Hawkins. His drumming for the Foo Fighters has been an indelible part of my music life since I was a small child. Some of the most memorable drumming I've ever heard. Rest in peace.— Casey Finley (@caseydoesthings) March 26, 2022
Foo Fighters were touring in South America at the time of Taylor Hawkin’s death. They were scheduled to do an Australian tour in late 2022.
Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997. The band is made up of lead singer Dave Grohl, guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett, keyboardist Rami Jaffee and bassist Nate Mendel.
Before joining Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins was Alanis Morisette‘s tour drummer.