Gojira Frontman on Taylor Hawkins: Another ‘beautiful soul’ was ‘sacrificed on the altar of rock and roll’


GOJIRA leader Joseph Duplantier reflected on the death of FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins, whose death shook the music world late last month. Addressing the Associated Press on the red carpet of 2022 Grammy Awards on April 3 in Las Vegas, he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Yeah, obviously, it affects everyone, the whole musical community and all the fans. This is not the first time that a beautiful, fragile soul has been sacrificed on the altar of entertainment and rock and roll. get out on the road and give it your all, but there’s a price to pay. It’s really, really, really hard on the mind, the soul and the families. We leave the children behind. It’s hard for everyone. And I think he’s just another victim of this thing. It’s a little more complicated than you think. The life of a rock star is not always easy. That’s a lot of nights on buses and being away from home for a long time. So, yes, it affected all of us.”

Hawkins was found dead on March 25 at the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Bogota, Colombia, while he FOO FIGHTERS were on tour.

An official cause of death for Hawkins has not yet been published. But on March 26, Colombia’s attorney general’s office released a preliminary toxicology report, saying forensic scientists had found evidence of 10 types of substances in Hawkinsof the body, including opioids, benzodiazepines, marijuana, and antidepressants.

Hawkins joined FOO FIGHTERS in 1997. Before that, he played with the band Orange County SYLVIA and was also in the backing band for Airlock Jordan. He also toured with Alanis Morissette as his drummer.

Hawkins was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year as a member of the FOO FIGHTERS.

Hawkinsmost recent work with FOO FIGHTERS included last year “Medicine at Midnight” album, a collection of BEE GEES blankets and FOO FIGHTERS‘ horror movie “Workshop 666”.

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