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Rush comments on the passing of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins

Sat, Mar 26, 2022@10:49AM | comments

The tragic news broke late yesterday evening that Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has passed away at the age of 50. No cause of death or other details are available at this time. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reacted to the tragic news via this Instagram post:

We are so very shocked and saddened to hear the devastating news of the sudden passing of our musical brother Taylor Hawkins. He was such an incredibly positive source of music, energy and love, and a true artist to his very core...there are simply no words to adequately express just how much he will be missed by all - including Alex, myself and the entire Rush family. Our hearts, love and sympathy go out to Taylor's family as well the Grohls, and the extended Foos family...

Rest In Peace brother...
Geddy and Alex

The post also includes a few photos of Rush with Hawkins over the years. There's one photo of the guys rehearsing with Hawkins ahead of their live appearance playing YYZ at a Foo Fighters show in Toronto back in 2008 (video here), along with a backstage photo of all the Foos with Geddy and Alex. There's also a photo of Rush and the Foos rehearsing ahead of Rush's 2013 Rock Hall induction, where Hawkins and bandmate Dave Grohl inducted Rush as seen here. Geddy Lee also posted a separate IG tribute to his personal IG saying the following:

My heart is truly breaking at the news of Taylor's passing. A sweetheart of a man that radiated good vibes, a love of music, and a total monster on the drums. He was so, so happy the night Alex and I came up onstage to play YYZ with him during the Foos show at the Air Canada Centre on March 23rd, 2008... His excitement was almost impossible for him to contain.

Brother, you left us way, way too soon... rest in peace my friend... 💔