April 7, 2022

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale has reflected on the passing of FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins, whose death shook the music world late last month. Speaking to Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station, she said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We didn't know [Taylor] that well. My little brother [HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale] hung out with him a couple of times. I never got the chance to. But we worked in similar circles. And it was just heartbreaking because we were actually supposed to have a gig with the FOO FIGHTERS in the next couple of months, and so that's not happening now. And it's a shame.

"We've been working with the same producer, Nick Raskulinecz, that did a bunch of those FOOs records with Taylor," she continued. "And every time that — speaking of my little brother — every time Arejay would get off on a tear or something in the studio, he'd [say], 'Dude, you're acting just like Taylor. You guys gotta hang out.'

"I wasn't there when little bro and Taylor met, but I'm sure it was chaos in the room. I just heard from everybody that I know about how wonderful Taylor was.

"It's such a shame, man," Lzzy added. "We're losing so many of our beautiful souls in this community. I know it's just a sign of the times and everyone's getting up there [in age] and all that. But it's just a shame."

Hawkins was found dead on March 25 at the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Bogota, Colombia while FOO FIGHTERS were on tour.

An official cause of death for Hawkins hasn't yet been released. But on March 26, Colombia's attorney general's office released a preliminary toxicology report, saying that medical examiners found evidence of 10 types of substances in Hawkins's body, including opioids, benzodiazepines, marijuana and antidepressants.

Hawkins joined FOO FIGHTERS in 1997. Prior to that, he played with the Orange County band SYLVIA and was also in the backing band for Sass Jordan. He also toured with Alanis Morissette as her drummer.

Hawkins was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last year as a member of the FOO FIGHTERS.

Hawkins's most recent work with FOO FIGHTERS included last year's "Medicine At Midnight" album, a collection of BEE GEES covers and FOO FIGHTERS' horror film "Studio 666".

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