Foo Fighters cancel remaining tour dates after drummer Taylor Hawkins dies


The Foo Fighters announced on Tuesday that their remaining tour dates would be canceled, four days after the sudden death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

“It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirms the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the heartbreaking loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins,” the band said in a statement posted to social media. “We are sorry and share the disappointment that we will not see each other as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to bring our loved ones together, and to appreciate all the music and all the memories we’ve made together.”

The band had planned an extensive tour in support of their 10th album, medicine at midnight, released last year. Dates were scheduled for Toronto and Montreal in July, while shows were scheduled for September and October in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria and Penticton, British Columbia.

The group had dates scheduled until just before Christmas, in Australia and New Zealand.

From left, Hawkins, Dave Grohl and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters are shown at an event in New York City on November 18, 2021. Hawkins, 50, joined the group in 1997. (Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

Hawkins, 50, died Friday in Bogota, Colombia, where the band was scheduled to play a major festival.

The Colombian prosecutor’s office released a statement on Saturday saying preliminary results of toxicology tests on urine from Hawkins’ body found 10 psychoactive substances and drugs, including marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines. He did not provide a cause of death and investigations are continuing.

Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997, fronted by former Nirvana member Dave Grohl, and the band became one of rock’s best-selling bands. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, with their latest album winning Best Rock Album honors at the recent Grammys.

Grohl and band members Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Rami Jaffee were seen flying back to Los Angeles by private plane early Sunday.

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Hawkins’ death prompted an outpouring of condolences from fans and musical luminaries.

Prior to joining the band, he played drums for Canadian artists Alanis Morrissette and Sass Jordan, among others. He had a side project, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, and guest performed on releases by artists such as Elton John and Queen’s Brian May.

He also appeared on screen in the 2013 film CBGBembodying punk icon Iggy Pop.