Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron and Crimson Scorching Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith say that current feedback they made relating to Taylor Hawkins’ mind-set previous to his passing had been taken out of context.
In a characteristic printed by Rolling Stone on Monday, Cameron was quoted as saying that Hawkins felt “he couldn’t sustain” with the pains of being a drummer in a outstanding rock band. Cameron, an in depth good friend and collaborator Hawkins’ for many years, reportedly advised Rolling Stone that Hawkins had lately spoke to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl about his function within the band.
“He had a heart-to-heart with Dave and, yeah, he advised me that he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore’ — these had been his phrases,” Cameron was quoted as saying. “So I suppose they did come to some understanding, but it surely simply looks as if the touring schedule obtained even crazier after that.” (In an announcement to Rolling Stone, a consultant for Foo Fighters denied that such a dialog ever befell.)
“He tried to maintain up,” Cameron was quoted later within the piece. “He simply did no matter it took to maintain up, and ultimately he couldn’t sustain.”
In an announcement posted to Instagram on Tuesday, Cameron stated he agreed to participate within the Rolling Stone article as a result of he “assumed it will be a celebration of his life and work.” As a substitute, Cameron stated, “My quotes had been taken out of context and formed right into a narrative I had by no means supposed.”
“I’ve solely the deepest love and respect for Taylor, Dave and the Foo Fighters households,” Cameron added. “I’m actually sorry to have taken half on this interview and I apologize that my participation might have induced hurt to these whom I’ve solely the deepest respect and admiration.”
Smith was additionally quoted by Rolling Stone as saying that Hawkins had met with Grohl about Foo Fighters’ hectic schedule and his involvement within the band going ahead. Moreover, Smith reportedly claimed that Hawkins was the Foo Fighters’ member who was hospitalized previous to a scheduled present in Abu Dhabi final December. “He simply stated he was exhausted and collapsed [while on a plane in Chicago], they usually needed to pump him filled with IVs and stuff,” Smith stated. A consultant for Foo Fighters stated Smith’s model of occasions was “not true.”
In his personal assertion issued on Tuesday, Smith stated, “I used to be requested by Rolling Stone to share some recollections of our time collectively, which I assumed was going to be a loving tribute he deserved. As a substitute, the story they wrote was sensationalized and deceptive, and had I identified I might have by no means agreed to take part.”
Hawkins died out of the blue on March twenty fifth whereas Foo Fighters had been on tour in South America. That evening, the band had been set to carry out on the Estéreo Picnic pageant in Colombia. Hawkins had complained of chest pains, however when paramedics arrived to the band’s resort, they had been unable to revive him and he was pronounced lifeless on the scene. Whereas an official explanation for loss of life has but to be revealed, preliminary toxicology reviews discovered the presence of marijuana, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids in his system.
Earlier this month, Smith and Crimson Scorching Chili Peppers invited Hawkins’ household and Foo Fighters to New Orleans Jazz Fest as a way to have a good time the late drummer’s life. In the meantime, Pearl Jam lately coated “A Chilly Day within the Solar” in Hawkins’ honor.
Consequence reached out to Foo Fighters’ representatives, however they declined remark.
Ed. Notice: This story has been up to date to incorporate Smith’s assertion.