The Red Hot Chili Peppers made a recent appearance on the ever-so-controversial Howard Stern Show to promote their latest studio album ‘Unlimited Love’, which hit shelves on April 1st. During the appearance drummer for the group, Chad Smith touched on the passing of Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins. Hawkins died on March 25, 2022, after emergency services were called to the Casa Medina hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, where Hawkins was suffering from chest pain in his hotel room. The Red Hot Chili peppers recently revealed this Taylor Hawkins truth.
“I loved Taylor. He was one of my best friends … We’re still shocked and so saddened by his passing,” Smith said, explaining the Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters had grown close touring together in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. “He loved life, you know. He was a real beacon full of positive energy. I’m going to miss him so much.”
Howard was curious about Anthony’s interactions with Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
“I was usually pretty nervous whenever I was hanging around with him just because I was in awe,” Kiedis said, explaining Cobain was usually quite shy. “But Flea and I had some nice moments with him at some MTV show where we snuck away backstage and just sat with him while he was getting ready to play, and that was a nice experience.”
“[Cobain] was loose and warm and inviting and relaxed,” Kiedis recalled, adding, “He was a beautiful dude and he left us with a ton of unbelievable music and energy.”
Over on the Foo Fighters subreddit, fans of the band continue to pour in their touching tributes for Hawkins. One Reddit user posted: “This breaks my heart. Admittedly, I haven’t listened to Foo Fighters in about 10 years. I was a heavy fan (and still am at heart) in my youth and through Wasting Light. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the output past that but I still always respected them.”
The user continued: “My heart is truly broken. I feel for everyone who knew him and especially Dave. I also feel like part one of the silver linings of my childhood has gone away up to space. RIP Taylor, I know you must have had pain that was tough to handle this whole time, even if you couldn’t show it. You helped so many people like me that never could have even met you. So many of us wouldn’t be who we are today without your drumming. You’re in the sky tonight.”