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Photo: Taylor Hawkins (from his Facebook page) | TODAY is Mental Health Awareness Day | By Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo/AOL | A new bombshell report by Rolling Stone, titled “Inside Taylor Hawkins’s Final Days as a Foo Fighter,” makes the disturbing claim that the legendary drummer was on the brink of exhaustion from playing physically taxing, nearly three-hour shows, and at the time of his death was considering scaling back his Foos duties or even quitting the band entirely. Hawkins died at age 50 on March 25, just hours before the Foo Fighters were scheduled to play Festival Estéreo in Bogotá, Colombia.

“Honestly, I think he was just so tired. Tired of the whole game,” blues singer Sass Jordan, for whom Hawkins drummed in the ‘90s, told Rolling Stone. Jordan also recalled Hawkins venting to her, “Oh, my f***ing God. I can’t look at the goddamn tour schedule. It gives me anxiety.” At that time, there were 62 dates on the Foo Fighters’ calendar for 2022, throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.

Rolling Stone conducted more than 20 interviews with Hawkins’s friends and colleagues, among them Jordan, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and the other surviving Foos declined to be interviewed for the piece; their publicist and management denied the allegations to the magazine’s four reporters, and have not yet responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment. While Jordan has retweeted Rolling Stone’s article in a seeming show of support, both Cameron and Smith have blasted the publication — alleging that they were misled to believe they were contributing to a celebratory Hawkins retrospective, not an exposé.
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Hawkins’s final concert with the Foo Fighters was at Lollapalooza Argentina on March 20, 2022. Five days later, he was found dead in his Bogotá hotel room before the band was set to headline the Estéreo Picnic Festival. (In lieu of that performance, candles were placed onstage to honor Hawkins.) Four days later, the Foo Fighters indefinitely canceled all of their future shows “in light of the staggering loss of our brother.” Hawkins’s official cause of death has still not been revealed.
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Read the whole story here – on this Mental Health Day, it will make you reflect:
https://www.aol.com/entertainment/taylor-hawkinss-friends-blast-rolling-224733238.html

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