Foo Fighters beloved drummer Taylor Hawkins died in a hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia while on tour on 25 March last year. Health personnel
arrived and found Hawkins unresponsive; they performed CPR, but he
was declared dead at the scene, at the age of 50. No cause of death was
given. He recorded eight studio albums with FF between 1999 and 2021.
The band has now decided they
will go on with a new drummer.
Sweet sensation BILLIE EILISH played a couple of shows last weekend in Los Angeles. For each one she invited guests. So she did last night too with Dave Grohl for a gripping, acoustic rendition ofFoo Fighters‘s 1997 classic MY HERO (almost 300 million streams on Spotify).
Band: FOO FIGHTERS Who: Immensely famous and beloved
rockers with Dave Grohl in the middle Active: Since 1994 – 10 studio LPs, so far
Anniversary LP: ONE BY ONE Released: 22 October 2002 – 20 years ago
Pitchfork: “I expect to see the Foo Fighters featured in “Have You Seen Me?”
ads on the backs of milk cartons… I just can’t help but miss the sincerity of their
older material. At one time, Foo Fighters could pull off “great” with a fraction of the
technical support; One by One had its sights set on “good enough” from the very
beginning.” Score: 5.5/10.
TUTV: Great singles, but it doesn’t save the overall mediocre album.
Singles/clips: All My Life / Times Like These / Low
With this message, below, on the Foo Fighters website, two massive tribute concerts
for their heroic drummer Taylor Hawkins, who passed away last March, only 50, were announced a couple of weeks ago.
“Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with
the Hawkins family to celebrate the life, music and love of their husband, father, brother and bandmate with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.
As one of the most respected and beloved figures in modern music, Taylor’s monolithic talent and magnetic personality endeared him to millions of fans, peers, friends and fellow musical legends the world over. Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolized. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will unite several of those artists, the Hawkins family and of course his Foo Fighters brothers in celebration of Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon—his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life.”
The most gripping, incredibly goosebumps moment last Saturday at the Wembley Stadium show in London (and probably wil be in Los Angeles too, on 27 September) was the one where Hawkins‘ son Shane took his father’s place behind the drums and delivered a truly phenomenal performance with the Foo Fighters when playing their gigantic classic
There goes my hero
Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero
Shocking. Last night,Taylor Hawkins
the Foo Fighters drummer died in his
sleep. No cause has been revealed yet.
The band broke the news on social media…
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of 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.”
FF are on tour in South America. Four days ago they
played at the Lollapalooza festival in Argentina. Hawkins‘s final concert.
Hawkins was born in Dallas in February 1972. He joined FF in 1997, replacing
original drummer William Goldsmith. Before that, he played for Alanis Morissette
for quite a while.
He also had his own projects. Firstly Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders
and afterward The Birds of Satan, a spin-off cover band of Chevy Metal.
Yesterday I wrote a piece, planned to publish today, about their brand new EP
titled – what an incredibly irony – Dream Widow. Eight death metal (also incredibly
ironic) and hardcore songs. Of course, I deleted it as this terrible news came in.
Hawkins about joining FF: “Me and Dave Grohl just looked like long lost brothers in a weird way. We had a similar vibe and I don’t know why. I remember my friend playing with the Foo Fighters before I met Dave and watching them goof around backstage. He said to me, ‘That
guy could be like your brother’.
The second single from their 11th LP
called Wild Loneliness, out 25 February.
Mac McCaughan (guitarist) About: “Like much of Wild Loneliness, this song was
written in the mode of “let’s look around and be thankful for what we have rather
than focusing on what Republicans have taken from an entire generation.”
I’m not a big fan of remixes unless the remixer – in this case, electro duo Flight Facilities – transforms a head-dazzling rocker into a head-dazzling
disco stomper that works like a vaccination with a shot of adrenalin.
I’m sure that this Big Apple indie squad has all Parquet Courts records on their shelves. You already could hear it on their 2019 debut album Endless Scroll and their second one, titled Broken Equipment looks to go in the same direction when hearing new single Thrown.
Not original but tumbling
and revolving nevertheless…
Seems like Dave Grohl and his Fighters adore the spotlights
and do anything to have them shine on them every day.
Check this… children’s television series Fraggle Rock gets a full revival on Apple TV+ and yes, you already guessed it, the Foos are among the musical guests on the show. For the occasion, they wrote this bonkers retro rocker that triggers your laughing muscles.