Video: Foo Fighters Play “Everlong” at Taylor Hawkins’ Last Show
Last night, the rock world was shocked to hear that Taylor Hawkins, drummer for world-conquering rock act Foo Fighters, had died at the age of 50. Though the band were by no means metal, the news hit particularly hard here at MetalSucks; Foo Fighters are a band whose legacy is inherently intertwined with rock and metal fans of a certain age, and Hawkins was the band’s second-most-identifiable member. This author, like millions others his age, has several crucial life memories set to “Everlong.” Now, you can watch footage below of Foo Fighters playing that track at their final gig with Taylor.
As reported by Rolling Stone, Foo Fighters performed at Lollapoalooza Argentina on March 20th. Hawkins actually sang lead vocals on covers of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing.” But perhaps most heartbreaking is the speech Dave Grohl gives to kick off the encore of “Everlong:”
“I don’t say goodbye. I don’t like to say goodbye. I know that we’ll always come back. If you come back, we’ll come back. Will you come back? If you come back, we’ll come back, so then I won’t have to say goodbye.”
Hawkins’ death was announced late last night, around 11pm EST, with the following statement from the Foo Fighters:
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 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.
A cause of death has not been revealed, but according to Rolling Stone, the band are currently on tour in South America, and were scheduled to play a show in Bogota, Colombia, last night. The show apparently did not happen.
Watch the video below. It’s okay if you cry.