Foo Fighters Cancel All Upcoming Concerts After Drummer's Death

Lollapalooza Chile 2022 - Day 3

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins, the rock band Foo Fighters canceled all of its upcoming concerts today, including two planned shows at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

The tour was scheduled to begin in late April, with the Los Angeles shows planned for Aug. 18 and Aug. 20.

``It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins,'' the band posted on its website. ``We're sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won't be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let's take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we've made together.''

Hawkins died Friday in Bogotá, Colombia, where he and the band were scheduled to perform Friday night at the Festival Estéreo Picnic before headlining at Lollapalooza Brazil on Sunday. Hawkins' final concert was the previous Sunday at another festival in San Isidro, Argentina.

Toxicological tests on urine from Hawkins' body preliminarily found 10 psychoactive substances and medicines, including marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines, according to a statement from the Colombia's Prosecutor's Office.

The statement did not provide a cause of death for the 50-year-old Hawkins.   

The Bogotá municipal government issued the statement Saturday noting that the city's emergency center had received a report of a patient with ``chest pain" and sent an ambulance, though a private ambulance had already arrived at the hotel in northern Bogotá.

Health workers tried to revive him, but were unable to do so. The cause of death was under investigation.

The band announced the death of the 26-time Grammy nominee and 11-time winner Friday on social media.

``The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,'' the announcement said.

``His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.''

Born Feb. 17, 1972 in Fort Worth, Texas, Hawkins' family moved in 1976 to Laguna Beach, where Hawkins grew up, graduating from Laguna Beach High School in 1990.

Hawkins played in the Orange County-based band Sylvia before becoming the drummer for Canadian rock singer Sass Jordan. From June 1995 until March 1997, Hawkins was Alanis Morissette's drummer on the tour supporting her 1995 album ``Jagged Little Pill'' and her 1996 ``Can't Not'' Tour.

Hawkins began his association with Foo Fighters in February 1997 when he replaced William Goldsmith as the band's drummer for its second album, ``The Colour and the Shape.''

Following the album's release, frontman Dave Grohl called Hawkins to seek recommendations for the band's new drummer. Grohl was under the impression that Hawkins would not leave Morissette's touring band because she was a bigger act than Foo Fighters at the time.

To Grohl's surprise, Hawkins volunteered to join the band himself, explaining that he wanted to be a drummer in a rock band rather than for a solo act. The band announced Hawkins would be the new drummer on March 18, 1997.

The Hidden Hills resident is survived by his wife, Alison, and their three children.

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