World-renowned band Foo Fighters are mourning the loss of much-loved bandmate and arguably the best drummer in the world, Taylor Hawkins.
As a result of his sudden and unforeseen passing, the band have decided to cancel all of their upcoming dates.
In a statement released via the official Foo Fighters Twitter account on March 29, the band said: “It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins.
“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.”
The band who have won most awards in the industry including iHeartRadio awards, Grammy Awards, MTV Music Awards and more were set to undergo their world tour, which was due to start at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, April 29.
Foo Fighters were due to headline day one of the Festival Estero Picnic alongside the likes of The Libertines, their first Colombian performance in three years.
Will I get refunded if I purchased tickets?
The band were due to play four dates in the UK, including two in the capital, London.
The UK leg of their tour was due to start at Old Trafford on June 25 in Manchester.
All four of their UK performances were sold-out, and devastated fans are now wondering if they will receive a refund for their tickets.
If you purchased tickets from Ticketmaster the refund will be automatically processed by the ticketing site, meaning no action has to be taken by the buyer.
According to Live Nation the full refund will be credited to the original source of payment, so the card used to purchase the tickets will receive the refund.
On the official Ticketmaster website, they state: “If your event is cancelled, you won’t need to do anything as we’ll refund your order automatically for you.”
What happened to Taylor Hawkins?
Colombian authorities said they detected 10 substances on Saturday, March 26 that the drummer had 10 substances in him when his body was found in Bogota.
The band were due to play their first performance in Colombia for three years, as part of a South American festival tour.
News of his passing spread worldwide almost instantly, with tributes pouring in to the highly talented musician, with mega star Miley Cyrus dedicating her upcoming show to the rock icon.
Who was Taylor Hawkins?
Taylor Hawkins was a 50-year-old musician, most known for his involvement with the band Foo Fighters, serving as their drummer for twenty-five years.
Before joining the band, Hawkins was the touring drummer for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morissette.
Hawkins had a slight stroke of luck in how he ended up joining the band. Conflict broke out between frontman Dave Grohl and then-drummer William Goldsmith during a recording session in Seattle for the band’s second studio album.
The encounter saw Goldsmith quit the band.
Mr Hawkins did not officially enter upon the drummer position opening up, and the band recorded tracks with Grohl on drums, who called Hawkins for a recommendation for a drummer, under the impression he would not leave Morissette’s touring band.
He then volunteered to join the band, and was announced as an official member in March 1997.