Foo Fighters confirm band will continue after Taylor Hawkins’ death in emotional statement
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Foo Fighters have announced they plan to continue as a band, following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins last year.
Taylor passed away at age 50 on 25 March 2022, before the band were set to play at a festival in Bogotá, Colombia.
Foo Fighters had also been due to perform at last year's Grammy Awards before heading off on a North American tour.
For the remainder of 2022, Foo Fighters were relatively quiet as they grieved the loss of their friend.
But yesterday, on New Year's Eve, the band released an emotional statement to confirm that they would be returning and that fans would see them again 'soon.'
"As we say goodbye to the most difficult and tragic year that our band has ever known, we are reminded of how thankful we are for the people that we love and cherish most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us", the statement began.
"Foo Fighters were formed 27 years ago to represent the healing power of music and a continuation of life.
"And for the past 27 years our fans have built a worldwide community, a devoted support system that has helped us all get through the darkest of times together.
"A place to share our joy and our pain, our hopes and our fears, and to join in a chorus of life together through music."
They continued: "Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were — and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward.
"We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you. And we know that when we see you again — and we will soon — he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night.”
The insanely talented drummer joined the Foos back in 1997, and quickly became a star of the band - an impressive accomplishment while playing behind one of the most iconic drummers in recent history, Dave Grohl.
He also took part in many side projects while in the band, including bands Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Chevy Metal, and The Birds of Satan, releasing multiple LPs and albums. In 2005, he was named Best Rock Drummer by magazine Rhythm.
Hawkins linked up with two other famous drummers Roger Taylor, of Queen, and Chad Smith, of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to form supergroup SOS Allstars to perform at Live Earth's 2007 charity concert.
Shortly after Taylor's unexpected passing, Dave Grohl held two tribute concerts for the late musician in London and Los Angeles.
The star-studded concerts included performances from Alanis Morissette (who Hawkins had drummed with for two years before joining Foo Fighters), Joan Jett, Miley Cyrus, members of Queen, Deff Leppard, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Rush, and Motley Crew, and drummers Stewart Copeland, Travis Barker and Chad Smith - to name a few.