Foo Fighters to continue playing after Taylor Hawkins' death

  • 02/01/2023
Foo Fighters will perform this year after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Foo Fighters will perform this year after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins. Photo credit: Reuters

American band the Foo Fighters say they will continue to perform without their drummer Taylor Hawkins who died in March last year. 

The band posted a message on New Year's Day saying they will see their fans soon. The post comes after the band cancelled all concert dates - including a tour of New Zealand - after Hawkins died. 

"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 Taylor Hawkins," the band said in a statement at the time.

The band did play two tribute concerts for Hawkins at London's Wembley Stadium and Los Angeles' Kia Forum last year. 

Hawkins, who was aged 50 at the time of his death, was found in a hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, where the Foo Fighters were due to play at the Festival Estéreo Picnic.

In an emotional post on January 1 the band said they were saying goodbye to the "most difficult and tragic year our band has ever known."

 They paid tribute to "the people that we love and cherish the most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us."

The Foo Fighters were formed by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl 27 years ago after the death of frontman Kurt Cobain.  

It was originally intended to be a one-man project for Grohl, to showcase some of the songs he had written while in Nirvana. But he added band members and in 1997 they recruited Hawkins.  

The band said in the post: “And for the past 27 years our fans have built a worldwide community, a devoted support system that has always helped us all get through the darkest of times together. A place to share our joy and our pain, our hopes and fears, and to join in a chorus of life together through music.

“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.”

The band Hawkins "meant as much" to the fans, adding that "when we see you again — and we will soon – he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night."