Remembering Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters (1972-2022)

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Taylor Hawkins was a Rock ‘n roll legend, mainly known for being the drummer of the popular rock group Foo Fighters. He passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022, after complications from chest pains caused by different substances. He was 50-years-old. He passed away right before a scheduled concert in Colombia. The band was scheduled to be on tour from March 18, 2022 – to December 17, 2022. The tour has since been canceled following Hawkins’ death.

Foo Fighters’ Origin

The band was formed in 1994, following the death of Kurt Cobain from Nirvana. Most of the remaining members of Nirvana went on to be in Foo Fighters, with Nirvana’s drummer, Dave Grohl, becoming the lead singer. At this time, the band consisted of Dave Grohl (lead singer, guitar), Nate Mendel (bass guitar), William Goldsmith (drums, 1994-1997), and Pat Smear (guitar, 1994-1997, rejoined in 2010). Their first album, titled “Foo Fighters” was released in 1995. In 1997, Smear and Goldsmith left the band. Hawkins replaced Goldsmith as the drummer and quickly became an icon to many fans of the rock ‘n roll industry.

Foo Fighters in 1997 during the release of their second album. Picture courtesy of Foo Archive.

In 1997, the band released the album “The Color and the Shape” this quickly became a best-selling album, and many of the songs, manly “My Hero” hit number one across charts worldwide. This became a big staple for the next step for the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins quickly became extremely popular following this album. Not only for their unique style in terms of their music, but as well as their music videos. Hawkins was given praise for his performance in the music video of “Everlong”. They currently have ten albums, with their most recent album, “Medicine at Midnight” releasing in 2021.

Cover for their new album “Medicine at Midnight”. Courtesy of Amazon.
Hawkins (left) and Dave Grohl (right) in their music video for “Everlong” released in 1997. Courtesy of WRNR.

In 2022, a horror film that was written and starred the Foo Fighters was released in theaters called “Studio 666”. The film follows a fictionalized version of the band members trying to make their tenth album, before being possessed by an evil spirit. The film got mixed reviews from critics and audiences. The movie was released on February 25, 2022, exactly one month before Hawkins’ death.

Poster for “Studio 666” (2022) Directed by: BJ McDonnell. Released by: Open Road Films. Courtesy of IMDB.

Remembering Hawkins

On April 1, 2022,  fans honored him by forming a drum circle in Laguna Beach. It was gathered by long-time fans who knew him personally, and people he knew before he became famous. Laguna Beach is where Hawkins went to high school, and many friends who hosted this event knew him from school.

Fans gathering at the drum circle memoriam on April 1, 2022. Courtesy of Los Angeles Times.

Some of my Foo Fighters Opinions

I will remember Hawkins for having a distinct style in his music. Everlong is one of my favorite songs, and his talent is really shown in that song. As well as his performance in the music video, which is very memorable and creative. Studio 666 I will give a 6/10, it has some funny moments and it is fun to watch, but there wasn’t anything original or standout about it, the Foo Fighters are not that great of actors either.

Future

The Foo Fighters announced that the rest of their tour for this year has been canceled following Hawkins’ unexpected death. As of so far, there has been no news of any future tours or rescheduling of the 2022 tour. At this, the band is still together and still plans to make music and remain a group in the future.

Group picture of the Foo Fighters right before the start of their 2022 tour. Courtesy of Songkick.