Foo Fighters Guitarist Reacts to ’Disrespectful’ Comments on Taylor Hawkins Passing, Reveals Whether Band Will Continue

It’s been months since the unfortunate passing of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. After Taylor’s death in March this year, the band canceled the upcoming live shows and went back home. And this September, they’ve done two shows to pay honor to the late drummer, one in London, England and the other one in Los Angeles, California.

Before the second show took place, Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett visited The Plug With Justin Jay podcast. Asked about how the media handles talking Taylor Hawkins’ death with the band members, he said (via NME):

“Most people that I’ve encountered have been respectful about it or try to avoid it. It probably will be [more of a thing] when we ever get around to putting out another Foo Fighters record and go back into the promo boogie-woogie.”

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“I remember that when I joined Foo Fighters, it was 1999 so it was a while after Kurt Cobain had died but I would watch interviewers twist themselves in knots trying to ask Dave about it but not ask. I would think it would turn into that kinda thing.”

Regarding the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s death, Shiflett also addressed some of the various claims and theories on why Taylor actually passed away. He adds:

“Taylor was this big character and he meant a lot to millions of people so I get that fascination with [his death] but so much of what I’ve seen out there is so completely wrong.”

“There are people out there saying shit like Dave killed Taylor by making him get the COVID vaccine. You’re going to turn it into that? Fuck you. I try not to pay attention to it but it does make you angry because that shit is just disrespectful.”

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