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Foo Fighters cancel Boston Calling performance after death of drummer Taylor Hawkins

In the wake of Taylor Hawkins' death, the Foo Fighters have canceled their 2022 tour, including their appearance at Boston Calling. (AP/Invision/Amy Harris)
In the wake of Taylor Hawkins' death, the Foo Fighters have canceled their 2022 tour, including their appearance at Boston Calling. (AP/Invision/Amy Harris)

Foo Fighters have announced the cancellation of all upcoming shows in their global tour — including at the Boston Calling Music Festival — in the wake of their drummer Taylor Hawkins' unexpected death on Friday, March 25.

The much-loved, award-winning rock band was scheduled to headline at the Harvard Athletic Complex on May 27.

“Boston Calling extends its deepest condolences to Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins’ loved ones, and his many fans around the world,” the festival organizers said Tuesday in a statement.

Foo Fighters were originally slated to perform at the Boston fest in May of 2020. The pandemic forced Boston Calling's organizers to postpone the three-day event for two years.

Hawkins died on tour with Foo Fighters in South America. The musicians were set to play in Bogota, Columbia at the Festival Estéreo Picnic when the drummer reportedly suffered from chest pains and could not be revived by emergency responders at his hotel. Hawkins was 50.

Fans worldwide are mourning the loss of Hawkins, who was known for his surfer-like good looks and explosive abilities behind the drum kit. In their tour cancellation statement on Twitter, Foo Fighters wrote, “We're sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won't be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let's take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we've made together. With Love, Foo Fighters.”

Boston Calling will announce a new headliner soon.

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