The Foo Fighters longtime, charismatic drummer, Taylor Hawkins, has died on the age of 50.
Taylor was found useless in a hotel room in Bogota, Colombia the place the band have been attributable to play at a pageant on Friday night time.
The group have been scheduled to play on the Festival Estéreo Picnic in the Colombian capital.
Hawkins had simply accomplished a number of tour dates in South America. He had joined the band Hawkins after the band accomplished their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape.
No reason for dying was instantly introduced.
Before becoming a member of the band, Hawkins performed drums for Alanis Morissette.
He was recruited by frontman Dave Grohl – Nirvana’s personal legendary drummer – because the band’s success soared with the discharge of second album The Colour and the Shape.
When Hawkins got here aboard, the Foo Fighters’ moved from the choice rock scene to realize mainstream success, frequently packing out arenas and stadiums.
The Foo Fighters charismatic drummer, Taylor Hawkins, has died on the age of 50
No reason for dying was instantly introduced however the band revealed they have been ‘devastated by the tragic and premature loss’
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters carry out throughout day considered one of Lollapalooza Chile 2022 at Parque Bicentenario Cerrillos on March 18, 2022 in Santiago, Chile. This is believed to be the final publicly recognized photograph of him
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters carry out at The Innings Festival 2022 at Tempe Beach Park on February 26, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona
An imaginative and rock-solid drummer, he had the seemingly thankless job of enjoying drums behind Foos singer-guitarist Dave Grohl, who is without doubt one of the biggest drummers in rock historical past.
Hawkins stuffed that function with aplomb, bringing his personal hard-hitting, time-juggling type to the band’s straight-ahead rock sound with out making an attempt to emulate Grohl.
He was additionally a robust singer and continuously took the mic throughout the band’s live shows and on B-sides, usually on cover variations (reminiscent of a 2008 team-up with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, when Grohl went behind the drum equipment at Hawkins took the mic).
He additionally cowrote most of the band’s songs.
Hawkins and his spouse have three youngsters, considered one of whom is pictured right here, Taylor Hawkins, leftl and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters are pictured previous to the Grammy awards in 2014
Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Nate Mendel pose backstage as The Foo Fighters reopen Madison Square Garden in June 2021
Hawkins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney along with Foo Fighters final year.
‘The Foo Fighters household is devastated by the tragic and premature lack of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will dwell on with all of us ceaselessly. Our hearts exit to his spouse, youngsters and household, and we ask that their privateness be handled with the utmost respect in this unimaginably troublesome time,’ the band wrote in an announcement.
The band had been scheduled to carry out on the Grammys on April 3 with a North American tour beginning in May.
Born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Fort Worth, Texas, he had labored as a touring drummer for the likes of Alanis Morissette and Sass Jordan earlier than becoming a member of Foo Fighters in 1997.
His career went from energy to energy and he was named Best Rock Drummer in 2005 by journal Rhythm.
Taylor then joined the band after the singer Dave Grohl fell out with the drummer William Goldsmith. Goldsmith then left the group.
Grohl had additionally beforehand been the drummer in Nirvana and the group ended up re-recording an album they made with Goldsmith, with Grohl enjoying the drum elements himself earlier than reaching out to an acquaintance when in search of suggestions for a brand new drummer, who steered Taylor.
Grohl was beneath the impression Taylor would not need to depart Morissette’s touring band however Taylor determined to affix the band stating that he had lengthy needed to be the drummer in a rock band.
Taylor additionally offered vocals, guitar and piano for the band on varied recordings.
Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters performs onstage on the after social gathering for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Studio 666’ on the Fonda Theatre on February 16, 2022 in Hollywood, California
(From left-right) Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee of Foo Fighters attend the thirty sixth Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony in October 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio