Drummer Taylor Hawkins, from Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl’s band, former Nirvana member), died this Friday night in Bogotá (Colombia), where the American band was scheduled to play as the headliner of the day in the Stereo Picnic festival. The musician was 50 years old and the cause of death has not been reported.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us all forever,” the band wrote on their Twitter account.
The death of Taylor Hawkins fell tonight like a bomb among the public waiting to see the band at the Festival Estéreo Picnic, where the news was announced an hour before the performance began. When the band communicated it on Twitter, it quickly spread like wildfire through the crowd. However, the organizers went on stage, just before the performance of Black Pumas, to announce the misfortune and asked for a minute of silence in tribute to the drummer, who was respected by an audience shocked by what happened. Many burst into tears. The message “Taylor Hawkins forever” was projected on the stage screens.
Diego Urbano, who came from Peru just to see the Foo Fighters in concert, told Efe that practically “they arrived and found the ad.” It is “a very sad scene because we got to the stage to see how things were, and the technicians and the ‘staff’ were crying, taking things apart,” he said. Juan Camilo, who was going to see them for the second time after having done so in 2015, told Efe that Hawkins “is a basic and a benchmark” of rock. “It was disconcerting to find out 20 minutes before the start of the concert,” said the young man, who had been listening to the music of the Foo Fighters on his way to the festival.
The last song that Hawkins performed onstage, with his usual fierceness, was everlong, five days earlier, at the Lollapalooza festival in Argentina. At the final moment, she stepped down from the drums and before joining the rest of the band for the final bow, she threw her drumsticks into the audience. In that same concert, and as he used to do, Grohl and Hawkins exchanged roles so that the drummer could sing the Queen versions. Somebody to Love and Jane’s Addiction Been Caught Stealing, where he had the special collaboration of Perry Farrell.