RIP Taylor Hawkins. What do you do when a member of your band dies? It’s difficult – Nationwide |

RIP Taylor Hawkins. What do you do when a member of your band dies? It’s complicated - National |

2022-04-03 19:30:15

One of many knocks towards the Foo Fighters has been that they’re not harmful or consumed with drama.

However that’s been very a lot by design. Dave Grohl had no intention of reliving the trauma that adopted the loss of life of Kurt Cobain. Foos guitarist Pat Smear was not solely a touring guitarist with Nirvana again in 1994, however in 1980, he’d been a member of an LA punk band known as The Germs. The evening earlier than John Lennon was shot, singer Darby Crash died of a heroin overdose.

There was some hazard/drama in 2001 when drummer Taylor Hawkins ended up in a two-week coma after a heroin overdose in London — an incident that he stated scared him straight — however exterior of that, the Foos appeared to have been squeaky clear. With everybody united within the purpose of changing into the largest rock band on the earth, unhealthy behaviour that risked sabotaging all the pieces was not tolerated.

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However then Taylor Hawkins, probably the most beloved member of the band subsequent to Dave Grohl (and Dave’s finest buddy in the entire world), suffered some type of cardiovascular occasion in Bogotá, Colombia, again on March 25 and died.

A preliminary post-mortem decided that his coronary heart was enlarged to 600 grams, twice the scale of a person his dimension and age. An enlarged coronary heart isn’t a illness unto itself however a symptom of one thing else: acute hypertension, thyroid points, congenital issues, and extra.

With such a key member of the group gone eternally, the Foo Fighters should work out a brand new path for the long run. What may that be? There will certainly be a collection of adverse band conferences within the coming weeks that may even contain household, buddies, and administration.

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I see three selections. First, the band is delivered to an in depth, reorganizes, rebrands, and comes again in a unique kind. Second, discover another person to play drums and resume work after everybody has had an opportunity to grieve and heal. And third, the Foos have already got a drummer of their midst. I feel he is aware of many of the songs, too.

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I’d fully low cost a Dave Grohl solo profession. He’s all the time stated that he loves the thought of being in a band. Retirement? Not an opportunity. He’s too pushed and stressed.

Everybody should be interested by precedent, too.

Let’s start with bands (not named Spinal Faucet) who’ve misplaced drummers. When John Bonham died of acute alcohol poisoning on Sept. 25, 1980, there was no query that Led Zeppelin was executed. No Bonzo, no Zep. The surviving members have been unanimous on that time.

Toto saved going after Jeff Porcaro died on Aug. 5, 1992, resulting from coronary coronary heart illness exacerbated by cocaine use.

Rush had formally come to an finish earlier than Neil Peart died of mind most cancers, however his loss of life on Jan. 7, 2020, eternally ended any hopes of a future reunion. Nobody can change Neil.

However, The Who determined to proceed on after Keith Moon handed away on Sept. 7, 1978, due to a tragic mixture of alcohol and pharmaceuticals. Like Taylor, he was an enormous a part of the band’s sound, persona, and picture, but Pete Townshend was decided to hold on. There are those that say that The Who was by no means the identical after Keith (I’m one among them) however the group continues as we speak, even after dropping bass participant John Entwistle on June 27, 2002.

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Extra not too long ago, we are able to level to The Rolling Stones. The stoic, super-dependable Charlie Watts was a founding member again in 1962. When he died of most cancers on Aug. 24, 2021, it took just a few weeks earlier than The Stones have been again onstage with one other drummer. Hey, there have been touring commitments that needed to be met. The present should go on and all that.

Then we are able to take a look at teams which have saved going even after their lead singer dies: AC/DC, Queen, Stone Temple Pilots, Chic, INXS, Skinny Lizzy, Grateful Lifeless, Alice in Chains, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pleasure Division (who reorganized as New Order). Even The Doorways tried to resurrect issues with out Jim Morrison 20 years in the past underneath the identify The Doorways of the twenty first Century.

Issues have been by no means the identical as they have been and ghosts should proceed to linger, however all these bands determined that they wanted to proceed. It may be executed.

However on the similar time, there can’t be a Soundgarden with out Chris Cornell, a Van Halen with out Eddie, a Motorhead with out Lemmy, or a T. Rex with out Mark Bolan.

Again to the Foo Fighters. Certain Dave can discover somebody to maintain time for the Foo Fighters, however he’ll by no means, ever discover somebody with the particular Lennon-McCartney/Keith-Mick/Laurel-and-Hardy bond he had with Taylor. His persona and chemistry with the opposite members of the band helped make the Foos what they’ve grow to be during the last 25 years. That presence within the studio, on stage, and in actual life is gone eternally. Taylor additionally had a particular relationship with the followers. And picture being the individual chosen to be the following Foo Fighters drummer. The stress can be insane.

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However there’s a chilly enterprise manner of taking a look at issues. The Foo Fighters are a multi-million-dollar company, a machine that employs dozens of individuals, from managers to roadies. There are infinite commitments for excursions, appearances, and albums. Sure, all the pieces has been cancelled for the foreseeable future, however what about additional down the street?

Does the band proceed in Taylor’s reminiscence? Or do they honour him by saying that the Foo Fighters don’t exist with out him?

There are some robust selections forward.

Alan Cross is a broadcaster with Q107 and 102.1 the Edge and a commentator for International Information.

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