Following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters announced in a statement on Saturday that they will continue to tour.
Hawkins, 50, was discovered dead on March 25, just hours before the Foo Fighters were set to perform at a festival in Bogota, Colombia. Hawkins’ final performance was the previous weekend at another festival in San Isidro, Argentina.
“As we bid farewell to the most difficult and tragic year in our band’s history, we are reminded of how grateful we are for the people we love and cherish the most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us,” the band’s statement begins.
“The Foo Fighters were formed 27 years ago to represent the healing power of music and the continuation of life,” the statement continues, referring to the band’s formation following the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain, frontman and former Nirvana bandmate of Dave Grohl.
“And for the past 27 years our fans have built a worldwide community, a devoted support system that has helped us all get through the darkest of times together. A place where we can share our joys and sorrows, our hopes and fears, and join in a chorus of life through music. We would not have become the band that we are without Taylor, and we know that without Taylor, we will be a different band in the future.
“We also know that you, the fans, were as important to Taylor as he was to you. And we know he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night when we see you again – which we hope to do soon.”
After performing “an initial forensic examination,” the Colombian Attorney General’s Office determined that Hawkins had ten different substances in his body when he was discovered dead in a hotel room in Bogota, Colombia.
The urine toxicology test revealed the presence of “THX (Marijuana), tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids, among other things,” according to a statement from the office.
According to the office, it will “continue to investigate and will duly inform the findings of forensic examinations in due time.”
Hawkins is survived by his wife Alison and their three children, who paid tribute to him on stage in September alongside fellow musicians during an emotional six-hour tribute concert.
Miley Cyrus joined Def Leppard, Pink performed with Queen and Heart’s Nancy Wilson, and Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx sang while a shirtless Tommy Lee beat the drums ferociously. Joan Jett, Kesha, Alanis Morissette, Travis Barker, Joe Walsh and the reunited James Gang, Soundgarden, Stewart Copeland of The Police, and Lars Ulrich of Metallica all took the stage to pay their respects to Hawkins.
Shane Hawkins, Hawkins’ drummer son, joined the Foo Fighters onstage for “My Hero” and “I’ll Stick Around.” Grohl closed the show with “Everlong,” which he performed with Chad Smith on drums.
“This one’s for Taylor,” Grohl said to the crowd. “You are special to us.”