- 17 May 22
“He told me that he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore,'" Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron told Rolling Stone for a feature about Hawkins’ final days. Although, a representative for the band has disputed such claims.
The late Taylor Hawkins’ friends and colleagues have claimed that he expressed discomfort about the physically demanding nature of the band’s months-long tour schedule.
In an interview for a new Rolling Stone article, Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron and Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Chad Smith both said he had told Dave Grohl about his discomfort with the schedule in the months before he died in March.
“He had a heart-to-heart with Dave and he told me that he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore’- those were his words,” Cameron said.
However, a Foo Fighters representative denied the accusations of such a conversation and insisted that there was never any mention of issues regarding discomfort with schedules.
The report also includes claims of an incident in December of last year, where Hawkins was said to have lost consciousness on a plane in Chicago.
Smith explained: “He just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to pump him full of IVs and stuff. He was dehydrated and all kinds of stuff.”
He continued: “That was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back. After that, he had a real important heart-to-heart with Dave and the management.”
Hawkins died in March, at just 50 years old.
He was on tour in Bogotá Colombia ahead of a scheduled performance at Festival Estéreo Picnic.
Although there has been no official cause of death released, Colombian officials say there were 10 different substances found in his system.
The drummer’s final show took place at Lollapalooza Argentina in Buenos Aires.
Soon after his death, Hawkins and the band won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Performance.
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