MAMMOTH WVH paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins by making a recovery of FOO FIGHTERS song “My hero” during the band’s concert last night (Saturday March 26) at Big Night Live in Boston, Massachusetts. Fan-filmed video of the performance can be seen below.
Before hitting the trail, MAMMOTH WVH leader Wolfgang Van Halen told the crowd that Hawkins “was a hero to me, and a hero to all of us, and a hero to countless people, so we think it’s necessary.”
Wolfgang quoted several times FOO FIGHTERS chief Dave Grohl as one of his “greatest inspirations”. He said Bass player magazine in a 2021 interview: “When [Dave] started on FOO FIGHTERS, he did everything himself on their first album. I wanted to get into it [on MAMMOTH WVH‘s debut]I guess, and I’ve always admired bands like NINE INCH NAILS, where the project emanates from one person and grows from there. That’s kind of how I see it, even if it’s still me. I see it more as a band than [a] solo project.”
Hawkins died in a hotel in Bogota, Colombia on Friday March 25. Local officials said an ambulance was dispatched to the hotel after a man reported chest pain. The 50-year-old musician did not respond to resuscitation efforts and was pronounced dead, the city’s health department said.
Earlier Saturday, the Colombian attorney general’s office announced that Hawkins had opioids, marijuana and other drugs in his system before he died. A toxicology report showed traces of 10 substances in his body, including antidepressants, the office said. The statement adds that the National Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences “will conduct the medical studies necessary to determine the cause of death” and that it “will continue the investigation and report on the results obtained in the framework of that investigation. this in a timely manner”. “
the FOO FIGHTERS were to perform on Friday at Stereo Picnic festival in Bogota but their performance was cancelled.
The band played Lollapalooza Chile March 18 and Lollapalooza Argentina March 20th. They should make the headlines Lollapalooza Brazil Sunday (March 27).
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, 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”.
Hawkinssolo project by TAYLOR HAWKINS AND THE COATTAIL RIDERS released their debut album in 2006, and a follow-up effort, “Take the Money”in 2019. Other side projects included THE BIRDS OF SATAN and the classic rock cover band METAL HAIR. More recently, he formed the supergroup NHC with JANE’S ADDICTION members David Navaro and Chris Chaney.
Hawkins is survived by his wife Alisonwhom he married in 2005, and their three children: Oliver Shane, annabelle and Everleigh.
Incredible tribute to Taylor Hawkins!!
Mammoth-Wolfgang Van Halen, music therapy.
Posted by Tom Donovan on Saturday, March 26, 2022
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