Yesterday, rolling stone published an article about Taylor Hawkins’ final days, which featured interviews with friends and collaborators of the late Foo Fighters drummer. Among them were Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, who also recorded music with Hawkins as the Nighttime Boogie Association, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Both Cameron and Smith today released statements apologizing for participating in the article. “When I agreed to participate in the rolling stone article about Taylor, I assumed it would be a celebration of her life and work,” Cameron wrote in the statement, which was posted to her social media accounts. “My quotes have been taken out of context and twisted into a narrative I never intended. Taylor was a dear friend and a next-level artist. I miss him. I have nothing but love and respect for them. deepest feelings for Taylor, Dave and the Foo Fighters families. I am so sorry to have participated in this interview and I apologize that my participation may have caused harm to those for whom I have nothing but the deepest respect and admiration.
Smith, meanwhile, wrote: “Taylor was one of my best friends and I would do anything for his family. Rolling Stone asked me to share some memories of our time together, which I thought , was going to be the loving tribute it deserved. Instead, the story they wrote was sensationalized and misleading, and if I had known, I would never have agreed to participate. I apologize to his family and fellow musicians for any pain this may have caused. I miss Taylor every day.
In the article, Cameron and Smith echo concerns expressed by other sources in the article that Hawkins felt overworked by the Foo Fighters’ intense touring schedule and expressed this to Dave Grohl and management. “He had a one-on-one with Dave and, yeah, he told me he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore’ – those were his words,” Cameron said. rolling stone. “So I guess they hit it off, but it seems like the tour schedule got even crazier after that.”
Elsewhere, Cameron reportedly said, “[A band like that] is a big machine [with] a lot of people on the payroll. So you really have to be aware of the business side of something when it’s so big and there’s inherent pressure, like any business” and “He tried to keep up. He just did whatever it took to keep up, and in the end, he couldn’t keep up.
“[Foo Fighters] were the first to come back to it very strongly, and [Taylor and I] certainly had discussions about it,” Cameron also said in the post. “He was a little worried, understandably, just because of all the Covid bullshit that was going on. So there were all these different factors weighing on him to get back in the ring.
Meanwhile, Smith recalled the December 2021 incident where Hawkins lost consciousness on a plane in Chicago, which news reports at the time described without using Hawkins’ name. “He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to pump him with IVs and stuff,” Smith said. rolling stone. “He was dehydrated and all sorts of things.” After the incident, Smith said Hawkins told him, “I can’t do this like this anymore.”
Smith also told the magazine that Hawkins had spent the past few months “lifting weights and drinking those electrolytes and really trying to do things to help play at the level he wanted to play.” Last year Hawkins said rolling stone that a doctor told him he had an enlarged heart and sleep apnea.
Representatives of the Foo Fighters have issued a denial to rolling stonesaying that “there was never a one-on-one – or any sort of meeting about it – with Dave and [Silva Artist Management].” They also denied reports that Hawkins was rushed to hospital in December 2021 after losing consciousness on a plane in Chicago.