According to a new ‘Rolling Stone’ feature, the drummer is said to have told several friends he “can’t fucking do any more”
Released May 17, 2022
Barely two months after Taylor Hawkins’ death, new reporting from Rolling Stone outlines the artist’s final days on tour with Foo Fighters, with friends and colleagues who recall him voicing his unease with the band’s demanding touring schedule before his death.
Among the 20 of people interviewed Rolling Stone Since the drummer’s sudden death in March – including Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith – several have claimed Hawkins spoke to Dave Grohl about Foo Fighters’ touring commitments prior to his death.
“He had a heart-to-heart talk with Dave and, yes, he told me he ‘can’t fucking take any more’ – those were his words,” Cameron said Rolling Stone. “I guess they came to terms, but after that the touring schedule seems to have gotten even crazier.”
A Foo Fighters representative denied that Hawkins ever addressed these issues Rolling Stone“No, there was never a ‘heart to heart’ – or any kind of meeting on the subject – with Dave and [Silva Artist Management].”
UPDATE (5/17): One day later Rolling Stone‘ report was released, Cameron now claims his comments were “taken out of context”, writing on Instagram: “When I agreed to participate in the Rolling Stone Article about Taylor I thought it would be a celebration of his life and work. My quotes were taken out of context and formed into a narrative I never intended. Taylor was a dear friend and a next level artist… I am truly sorry to have participated in this interview and I apologize that my participation may have caused harm to those for whom I have only the deepest respect and the greatest have admiration.
Rolling Stone‘s story also points to a December 2021 report that a member of Foo Fighters, who several friends claim is Hawkins, was hospitalized after losing consciousness on board a plane in Chicago. “He just said he was exhausted and collapsed and they had to pump him full of IVs and stuff,” Smith told the publication. “He was dehydrated and all kinds of stuff.” Smith claimed Hawkins told him after the incident, “I can’t do this like that anymore.”
“That was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back,” Smith added of the plane incident. “After that, he had a really important heart-to-heart talk with Dave and management. He said, ‘I can’t continue on this schedule, so we’ll have to come up with something.’” Asked by Rolling Stone When Foo Fighters commented on claims that the drummer passed out on the plane, a rep for the publication said, “That’s not true.”
Rolling StoneThe full report can be read here. Speaking to the outlet in June 2021, ahead of playing his first concert since the pandemic began, Hawkins said: “I’m really nervous tonight… I’ve got a lot of stage fright – major, major, major. Like, today is like, I’m in hell right now.” He also expressed that he was “really trying to figure out how to continue to have the intensity of a young man in the body of a 50-year-old, which is very difficult “.
Hawkins died in March while touring with Foo Fighters in Bogotá, Colombia. He was 50 years old. A preliminary toxicology report released by Colombia’s attorney general’s office claimed that Hawkins had 10 substances in his system when he died. After the drummer’s death, Foo Fighters canceled all planned tour dates.