The Foo Fighters confirmed on Saturday that the band will continue, despite the loss of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. In a heartfelt statement, the band shared their grief at the loss of Hawkins, who had been an integral part of the group since joining in 1997.
The statement also reassured fans that they will see the band "soon" and that Hawkins will be with them "in spirit" at every performance. This marks the first public confirmation that the Dave Grohl-led band will continue on without Hawkins, who passed away at the age of 50 while the band was on tour in Colombia.
The statement reads,
"As we say goodbye to the most difficult and tragic year that our band has ever known, we are reminded of how thankful we are for the people that we love and cherish most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us." The band went on to express their appreciation for Hawkins, saying, "Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were - and without Taylor, we know that we're going to be a different band going forward." The statement concluded by acknowledging the strong connection between the band and their fans, saying, "We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you.
And we know that when we see you again - and we will soon - he'll be there in spirit with all of us every night."
In honor of Hawkins, Grohl organized two benefit concerts featuring a variety of artists, including Alanis Morissette, Joan Jett, Travis Barker, Josh Homme, Wolfgang Van Halen, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Stewart Copeland, and Chad Smith, as well as members of Queen, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Soundgarden, Rush, Metallica, and Black Sabbath.
The concerts, which were held in London and Los Angeles, were met with great success and served as a fitting tribute to Hawkins, whose talent and contributions to the Foo Fighters will never be forgotten.