Foo Fighters have urged fans to pull “loved ones close” and to take time to grieve as the band cancelled the remainder of their tour following the “staggering loss” of drummer, Taylor Hawkins.
The 50-year-old was playing on the South American leg of the band’s world tour when his sudden death was announced on Saturday 26 March.
“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,” a statement posted on social media said.
“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned.”
Here is everything you need to know.
What happened to Taylor Hawkins?
Hawkins played in the Foos for more than two decades, alonsgide former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl on vocals, and bandmates Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee.
He joined in 1997 following the departure of the band’s previous drummer William Goldsmith.
Hawkins was playing on the South American leg of the band’s world tour when his sudden death was announced by the band.
He was taken ill at his hotel in the city of Bogota in Colombia, and though paramedics attempted to revive him, there was no response and he was declared dead.
No further details about Hawkins’ death were provided, although the Bogota municipal government said the city’s emergency centre received a report of a patient with “chest pain”.
Colombian officials have since said the drummer had 10 different substances in his system at the time of his death.
In a statement following an initial forensic examination, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office said a preliminary urine toxicology test indicated the presence of 10 different substances, including marijuana, antidepressants and opioids.
He is survived by his wife Alison - whom he married in 2005 - and their three children.
Which dates have been cancelled?
Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform at the Grammys on 3 April, and a series of US dates was planned in April and May before the band had been due to travel to Europe in June.
The band were due to play four dates in the UK, including two in London and one in Birmingham; the UK leg of their tour was due to start at Old Trafford on 25 June in Manchester.
The tour was then planned to continue in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand until December.
“It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour date,” a statement posted on social media said. “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.
“With love, Foo Fighters.”
How can I get a refund?
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.”
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