Numerous friends of the late Taylor Hawkins were interviewed in a lengthy Rolling Stone piece about the drummer’s final days and all expressed concern about him and revealed comments he made in the time leading up to his death.
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith told Rolling Stone about the apprehension Hawkins had over the Foo Fighters touring schedule and the physical toll their live shows took on his body.
“He had a heart-to-heart with Dave [Grohl] and, yeah, he told me that he ‘couldn’t f*****g do it anymore’—those were his words,” Cameron said. “So I guess they did come to some understanding, but it just seems like the touring schedule got even crazier after that." A representative for Foo Fighters told the outlet that Hawkins never raised these issues. “No, there was never a ‘heart-to-heart’ — or any sort of meeting on this topic — with Dave and [Silva Artist Management],” the rep said.
However, each of Hawkins’ friends interviewed for the story spoke about the exhaustion the drummer faced and his apprehension about the band’s touring schedule. “Honestly, I think he was just so tired,” said Sass Jordan, Hawkins’ friend and former bandmate. “Tired of the whole game.”
The report also detailed a December 2021 incident when a member of the Foo Fighters lost consciousness on board of a plane and had to be rushed to a hospital in Chicago. News reports at the time didn’t state which member of the band lost consciousness, but several of Hawkins’ friends told Rolling Stone that it was the drummer who did so.
“He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to pump him full of IVs and stuff,” Smith said. “He was dehydrated and all kinds of stuff.” After the incident, Smith recalled Hawkins telling him “I can’t do it like this anymore.”
A Foo Fighters representative told Rolling Stone that reports of Hawkins losing consciousness on the plane “is not true.”
Smith went on to call that moment “one of the straws that broke the camel’s back.”
“After that, he had a real important heart-to-heart with Dave and the management,” Smith continued. “He said, ‘I can’t continue on this schedule, and so we’ve got to figure out something.'”
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