Following the passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins last year, Foo Fighters have said they intend to carry on as a group.
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On March 25, 2022, Taylor, then 50, passed suddenly. The band was scheduled to perform at a festival in Bogotá, Colombia.
Before embarking on a North American tour, the Foo Fighters were also scheduled to play at the Grammy Awards in the previous year.
Foo Fighters kept a low profile for the rest of 2022 as they mourned their friend’s passing.
But the band said in an emotional message yesterday, on New Year’s Eve, that they would be making a comeback and that their fans will see them again “soon.”
The opening line of the statement was, “As we bid farewell to the most trying and terrible year our band has ever experienced, we are reminded of how appreciative we are for the individuals that we love and cherish most, as well as for the loved ones who are no longer with us.
“27 years ago, the Foo Fighters were founded to stand for the ability of music to heal and the continuity of life.
“And over the last 27 years, our fans have created a global community that has supported us all through the most trying moments.
“A place where we may engage in a chorus of life together via music, sharing our pleasure and our grief, our dreams and our concerns.”
They went on: “Without Taylor, we would never have developed into the band that we are today, and we are aware that without Taylor, we will eventually become a different band.
“We also know that Taylor valued his followers just as much as they valued him. And when we do see you again, which is soon, we are confident that he will spend every night with us in spirit.
Playing behind one of the most recognizable drummers in recent history, Dave Grohl, the immensely gifted drummer joined the Foos in 1997 and rapidly rose to the top of the group.
While in the band, he also participated in several side projects, such as the bands Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Chevy Metal, and The Birds of Satan, all of which released numerous LPs and albums. He was selected Best Rock Drummer in 2005 by the publication Rhythm.
For the 2007 Live Earth benefit performance, Hawkins joined forces with two other well-known drummers, Roger Taylor of Queen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to form the supergroup SOS Allstars.
Dave Grohl performed two memorial performances for the late artist in London and Los Angeles shortly after Taylor’s untimely demise.
The star-studded concerts featured performances by Alanis Morissette, Joan Jett, Miley Cyrus, members of Queen, Deff Leppard, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Rush, and Motley Crew, as well as drummers Stewart Copeland, Travis Barker, and Chad Smith, to name a few.
Hawkins had previously played drums with Morissette for two years prior to joining the Foo Fighters.