“As we say goodbye to the most difficult and tragic year that our band has ever known, we are reminded of how thankful we are for the people that we love and cherish most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us,” the post begins.
“Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were — and without Taylor, we know that we’re going to be a different band going forward,” the statement reads. “We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you. And we know that when we see you again — and we will soon — he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night.”
Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997 after two years as the drummer for Alanis Morissette, and quickly became an integral part of the rock band’s sound and image. To honor Hawkins, Grohl held two star-studded tribute concerts in London and Los Angeles which featured performances from Morissette, Joan Jett, Travis Barker, Josh Homme, Wolfgang Van Halen, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Stewart Copeland and Chad Smith as well as members of Queen, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Soundgarden, Rush, Metallica and Black Sabbath.
Read Foo Fighters’ full post below.