Taylor Hawkins’ friends clarify damning comments about Foo Fighters drummer’s last days

A new posthumous profile of Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters’ drummer who passed away in March, examines his final months on the road with the legendary rock band. And, it isn’t sitting well with his former bandmates and some of his friends who were interviewed for the story.

Talking to Rolling Stone for a piece published Monday, many of Hawkins’ friends said the late musician complained of tour-related exhaustion as the band hit the road following an 18-month, pandemic-induced hiatus.

“He had a heart-to-heart with Dave [Grohl] and, yeah, he told me that he ‘couldn’t f— do it anymore’ — those were his words,” Cameron told the magazine. “So I guess they did come to some understanding, but it just seems like the touring schedule got even crazier after that.”

A few hours after the story was published, in any case, Cameron said his words were misrepresented and apologized for any damage he might have caused.

“When I agreed to take part in the Rolling Stone article about Taylor, I assumed it would be a celebration of his life and work,” he wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “My quotes were taken out of context and shaped into a narrative I had never intended.”

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“Taylor was a dear friend, and a next level artist,” he added. “I have only the deepest love and respect for Taylor, Dave and the Foo Fighters families. I am truly sorry to have taken part in this interview and I apologize that my participation may have caused harm to those for whom I have only the deepest respect and admiration.”

Smith also walked back his remarks after Rolling Stone published its story, saying he thought he was contributing to a “loving tribute” when he agreed to talk with writer Andy Greene.

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“Taylor was one of my best friends and I would do anything for his family,” Smith wrote on Instagram Tuesday afternoon. “I was asked by Rolling Stone to share some memories of our time together, which I thought was going to be the loving tribute he deserved. Instead, the story they wrote was sensationalized and misleading, and had I known I never would have agreed to participate.

“I apologize to his family and musical friends for any pain this may have caused,” he continued. “I miss Taylor every day.”