First, Dave Grohl lost Kurt Cobain after the Nirvana frontman committed suicide in 1994.
Now, following the shocking, sudden death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins on Friday in Bogotá, Colombia — which authorities say could be linked to drugs — it’s the second time Grohl has killed one of his beloved bandmates loses.
Last month, ahead of the premiere of Foos horror comedy Studio 666, Grohl told the Post how much he believes in the brotherhood of being in a band. In fact, he said that’s why he’s never gone solo in his career as a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.
“You know, I like being in a band, man,” said Grohl, 53. “I don’t know how it would feel if I came on stage and I didn’t know the keyboardist. I didn’t know the drummer, or it was.” People who just got hired to come out and play these songs. I don’t know – I don’t know if I would like that. I honestly don’t think I would.”
In fact, despite the pain of already losing Cobain, Grohl had found an even deeper bond with Hawkins and the Foos. “It has something to do with going on stage with your boys. There’s security in that,” he said. “There’s something about being a group that it’s not just me against the world, it’s us against the world. I don’t know what it’s like to be a solo artist, but I know what it’s like to be in a King band. And I have to say it feels good.”
In his 2021 memoir The Storyteller, Grohl Hawkins called his “brother from another mother, my best friend, a man I’d take a bullet for.”
Also in his book, Grohl tells how there was an instant connection when Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997. “When we first met, our bond was instant and we’ve grown closer with every day, every song, every note we’ve ever played together,” he writes found us in this life.”
The Foo Fighters – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last October – were hours away from playing Bogotá’s Picnic Stereo Festival when Hawkins died. And after rocking the Madison Square Garden reopening last June, the band were ready to roar in front of crowds again, with more tour dates planned for 2022.
“When you started realizing that we’re living in a new world and maybe we wouldn’t experience the things that we previously took for granted,” Grohl said, “there was this fear, like, ‘Wait a minute — I need this. I need an audience to share this with. I need to feel that community energy. I need to look someone in the eye while we sing a song together. Honestly, it’s that tangible physical experience that makes it so special.”