Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron have apologised to Foo Fighters for comments made on Taylor Hawkins' touring schedule.
Foo Fighters were rocked by the loss of drummer Taylor Hawkins back in March, a superb musician renowned for his upbeat personality and respect for those around him.
A recent Rolling Stone long-read looked into his death, and contained comments that have since been disputed.
Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith and Pearl Jam‘s Matt Cameron were interviewed for the article, which stated that Taylor Hawkins had grown concerned over the band's touring schedule.
Matt Cameron - who played with Hawkins in the side project Nighttime Boogie Association - reportedly said: “He had a heart-to-heart with Dave (Grohl) and, yeah, he told me that he ‘couldn’t fucking do it anymore’ — those were his words.”
In the article, he adds: “So, I guess they did come to some understanding, but it just seems like the touring schedule got even crazier after that”.
Meanwhile Chad Smith seemingly recalls a 2021 incident when Taylor Hawkins lost consciousness on a Chicago plane: “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.”
The article caused uproar, with Foo Fighters immediately dismissing the claims as factually incorrect; a representative for the band says Taylor Hawkins never raised those issues with Dave Grohl, and that no such airplane incident occurred.
In a social media message, Matt Cameron apologised to Foo Fighters for his involvement with the article.
He said: “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. My quotes were taken out of context and shaped into a narrative I had never intended.”
“Taylor was a dear friend, and a next level artist. I miss him. 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.”
Following this, Chad Smith followed suit, issuing an apology of his own. “Taylor was one of my best friends, and I would do anything for his family,” he said. “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. I miss Taylor every day.”