Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins recently passed away at the age of 50. He died at the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Bogota, Colombia. It turns out that it has affected the chance of a reunion of former Rush colleague Alex Lifeson as per Geddy Lee.
Geddy Lee explains
It has been noted how Rush was disbanded with the 2020 passing of Neil Peart, who had a strong connection with the Foo Fighters drummer. He had helped induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. In a new episode of House of Strombo (available below), bassist Lee referred to Hawkins’ death when asked about working with guitarist Lifeson again.
“It’s weighing time,” Lee said. “If I’ve learned anything from the terrible things that have happened in the last few years, it’s the value of time, and to make sure you’re spending your time the way you want to spend it. And that’s a bigger question than whether Al and I will make a record, or Al and I will play together, or whatever. It’s got to be about our time and our lives because it’s precious. And, man, it goes.”
He continued: “Look at what just happened with Taylor. Heartbreaking, just heartbreaking. That really broke my heart, his passing… He was so full of admiration and rock ’n’ roll joy juice, and it just seems wrong that he left us. So again, time.”
Neither Lee nor Lifeson have made a commitment to reuniting, although it hasn’t been ruled out. Asked in the new interview: “When you two finally play together, will you record it?” Lee replied light-heartedly: “I don’t know. We’ll see.”
The cause of Hawkins’ death is still not officially confirmed, but there are reports that are concerning. ‘According to those close to him, the death could be related to the consumption of drugs.’ The Daily Mail reported this alleged statement. He had a history of drug abuse.
White powder ‘similar to cocaine’, and hallucinogens, were allegedly found in the five-star Casa Medina hotel room of Hawkins. Highly respected Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Velez, the Bogota-based director of radio station FM recently claimed that a police officer who entered Hawkins’ room had told prosecutors he saw a ‘cocaine-like’ white powder. Foo Fighters have also canceled their 2022 tour dates.