Foo Fighters confirmed on Saturday that the band will continue following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March, telling fans they will see them “soon”.
“As we say goodbye to the hardest and saddest year our band has ever known, we are reminded of how grateful we are for the people we love and cherish the most and for those loved ones who are no longer with us,” the post begins.
“Without Taylor, we wouldn’t be the band we are – and without Taylor, we know we’re going to be a different band,” the statement read. “We also know that you, the fans, meant just as much to Taylor as she meant to you. And we know that when we see you again – and we will soon – he will be with us all in spirit every night.”
It marks the first public acknowledgment by the Dave Grohl-led band that it will continue without Hawkins, who died in March at 50 while the band was on tour in Columbia.
Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 after two years as Alanis Morissette’s drummer and quickly became an integral part of the rock band’s sound and image. To honor Hawkins, Grohl organized two star-studded tribute concerts in London and Los Angeles that featured performances by Morissette, Joan Jett, Travis Barker, Josh Homme, Wolfgang Van Halen, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Stewart Copeland and Chad Smith as well as members. Queen, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Soundgarden, Rush, Metallica and Black Sabbath.
Read Foo Fighters’ full post below.