RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' Chad Smith has shared a tribute video to FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died a week ago at the age of 50.
The two-minute compilation video, soundtracked by FOO FIGHTERS' "My Hero" and put together by Daniel Catullo who directed the 2017 "Foo Fighters At The Acropolis" series on PBS that Smith hosted, features images of the two drummers over the years, including many moments on the road.
"Taylor's my good buddy who I've known forever," Smith says in an interview clip at the beginning of the video. The video ends with Smith's tribute to Hawkins during the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on March 31. "I have to give a shoutout to my brother Taylor Hawkins. I love you, Taylor," Smith said in his speech. "He would laugh and make a smartass comment about this whole thing."
You can watch Smith's tribute to Hawkins below (courtesy of Variety).
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".
Image and video courtesy of Daniel Catullo