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Foo Fighters cancel all 2022 tour dates after death of Taylor Hawkins

The cancellations include the UK tour that was set for this summer

By Joe Goggins

Taylor Hawkins takes the mic to cover Queen's 'Somebody to Love' i n Chile last week, at his penultimate Foo Fighters show, March 18, 2022
Hawkins takes the mic to cover Queen's 'Somebody to Love' in Chile on March 18, at his penultimate Foo Fighters show. (Photo: YouTube)

Foo Fighters have announced the cancellation of their entire touring schedule as they come to terms with the loss of Taylor Hawkins.

The rock giants announced the news on their social media accounts this evening (March 29), in their first public comment since they confirmed Hawkins’ passing on Friday (March 25). In a short statement, they said: “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.”

“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned.” the message went on. “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.”

The band had been in the midst of a South American tour when Hawkins was found dead in a Bogotá hotel room on Friday, just hours before they had been due to play a massive show in the Colombian capital. Now, the rest of that run has been nixed in addition to the rest of the group’s 2022 live schedule, which had been set to be extensive.

A planned UK tour for this summer would have seen them play massive stadium gigs in Manchester, Birmingham and London, including two nights in the capital at West Ham United’s London Stadium. Other notable dates on that European run included a gig in Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium with Liam Gallagher in support, and a headline slot at the Lisbon leg of the Rock in Rio festival.

A lengthy North American tour would then have followed into the Autumn, with the band then set to head down under to finish the year in Australia and New Zealand. All of those gigs are now cancelled, with the band in mourning over Hawkins’ death at the age of 50. As fans join them in marking the passing of their longtime drummer, the band are set to return to UK charts this weekend. Figures from across the musical world have paid tribute to Hawkins, including Coldplay, Elton John and Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator, Finneas.