Those that had been near Taylor Hawkins are providing one other perspective on his dying.

Rolling Stone printed a prolonged piece Monday through which the journal interviewed dozens of the late Foo Fighters drummer’s associates. They allege that the band’s formidable touring schedule had been taking a toll — mentally and bodily — on Hawkins for years.

An nameless supply, whom Rolling Stone describes as Hawkins’ colleague and pal, claimed that it took the drummer “a 12 months of working up the heart” to lastly converse to Foo Fighters frontman and founder Dave Grohl about how overwhelmed and burnt out he felt.

In the meantime, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron defined to the journal that Hawkins “had a heart-to-heart with Dave [Grohl] and, yeah, he instructed me that he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore’ — these had been his phrases.”

“So I assume they did come to some understanding, nevertheless it simply looks like the touring schedule obtained even crazier after that,” Cameron mentioned.

Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl performing collectively in 2000.

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Chad Smith, the drummer for the Purple Scorching Chili Peppers, recalled having an analogous dialog after Hawkins collapsed on a aircraft in Chicago in December 2021.

“That was one of many straws that broke the camel’s again,” Smith mentioned. “After that, he had an actual necessary heart-to-heart with Dave and the administration. He mentioned, ‘I can’t proceed on this schedule, and so we’ve obtained to determine one thing.’”

Grohl’s and Hawkins’ households declined to remark to Rolling Stone. However a Foo Fighters consultant disputed the “characterizations” made by Hawkins’ associates and denied that the drummer had ever raised points with Grohl or the band’s administration previous to his dying.

Hawkins performing in 2017 in San Francisco.
Hawkins performing in 2017 in San Francisco.

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Though associates mentioned that Hawkins had spoken to Grohl about scaling again, Cameron mentioned Hawkins lastly gave in to the touring schedule, explaining that the Foo Fighters is “a giant machine [with] lots of people on the payroll.”

“So that you’ve obtained to essentially be cognizant of the enterprise facet of one thing when it’s that large and that has inherent stress, identical to any enterprise,” Cameron instructed Rolling Stone.

Hawkins died in March at age 50 in Bogotá, Colombia, whereas the band was embarking on a tour of South America.

Colombia’s prosecutor’s workplace launched a press release saying toxicological checks initially discovered 10 psychoactive substances and medicines, together with marijuana and opioids, in Hawkins’ system, The Associated Press reported. Official post-mortem outcomes aren’t but public.

Though Rolling Stone notes that Hawkins survived a heroin overdose 20 years in the past that left him in a coma, his associates had been skeptical that he was utilizing medication recreationally on the time of his dying.

“Since [his overdose], he by no means needed Dave to fret about that once more,” mentioned Chad “Yeti” Ward, an outdated drum tech of Hawkins’ who remained shut with the drummer after parting methods with the Foo Fighters.