Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins recently passed away at the age of 50. He breathed his last breath at the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Bogota, Colombia. Recently, Edgar Winter released “Brother Johnny”, an all-star tribute album dedicated to his older brother and legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, who passed away on July 16, 2014 in a hotel room in Zürich, Switzerland aged 70. Among the album’s seventeen songs is also a cover of Johnny Winter’s 1970 song “Guess I’ll Go Away.”
Johnny Winter tribute album features Taylor Hawkins
It has been noted that it features the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins on vocals, making it the beloved drummer’s first posthumous release since his untimely passing on March 25.
In a tribute to Taylor Hawkins posted on his website, Edgar Winter said that Hawkins was a perfect vocalist for the song which he perceives as one of the precursors of heavy metal, describing the end result as the “highest energy and hardest rocking song on the entire album”.
Winter, who had first met Hawkins only briefly before the two entered the studio, recalls being impressed by the late drummer’s “sincerity, positive energy, and pure enthusiasm”.
“He said, ‘I just wanna get out there and rock, and rock he did… I listened to it last night, and couldn’t help but cry. It’s a song about the lure of sex, the danger of drugs, and the love of rock & roll. Johnny wrote it around the time of his first rehab, and it expresses feelings almost everyone I know has been through in one way or another. I would guess (like most all musicians) Taylor couldn’t help but identify with it.
“The name of the song is ‘Guess I’ll Go Away’. Now, both Johnny and Taylor have gone away no one can know, but which we all one day must travel. Although I know Johnny has departed this world, I still think of and speak to him every day, and will now see Taylor’s face alongside his. Wherever that way may lead, I wish them Peace and Love on the journey, knowing I will join them soon—as we all will someday.”
The cause of Hawkins’ death is still not officially confirmed, but there are reports. ‘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 canceled their 2022 tour dates.