"We know that you, the fans meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you. And we know that when we see you all again- and we will soon- he'll be there in spirit with all of us every night"
Foo Fighters have used a touching Instagram message to fans posted on New Year's Eve to reaffirm their future and pay tribute to drummer Taylor Hawkins who tragically passed away earlier this year. The rock legend's passing in Colombia, just a week after a heralded performance in Australia prompted an outpouring of grief in the rock community and a number of amazing tribute shows, proving the esteem that the musician was held in around the world.
Dave Grohl and the remaining Foo Fighters members confirmed in the New Year post that the band will continue, with a return to the road seemingly imminent.
"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."
"Foo Fighters were formed 27 years ago to represent the healing power of music and a continuation of life. 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 to share our joy and our pain, our hopes and our fears and to join in a chorus of life together through music. Without Taylor we never would have become the band that we were-- and without taylor we know that we're going to be a differnet band going forward."
"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 all again- and we will soon- he'll be there in spirit with all of us every night"
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Fans have understandably reacted excitedly to the news, with the band known for their big live shows. With a catalogue spanning over ten studio albums across three decades of hits, the band are one of the most successful rock acts of all time and a return to the road will be welcomed across the globe.
There is no word yet on any rescheduling of the band's Australian shows that were slated to go ahead in November and December of this year prior to Taylor Hawkins' passing. The band were to have performed seven stadium shows across Australia and New Zealand and are expected to return when the band are back on the road.