Dave Grohl, frontman of Foo Fighters, has penned a heartfelt letter to express his gratitude to the band’s dedicated fans during this transitional period.
Following the tragic loss of their drummer, Taylor Hawkins, last year, Foo Fighters took time to regroup and mourn off-stage and in the studio.
Now, with their first tour featuring new drummer Josh Freese, Grohl felt compelled to reach out to their loyal supporters.
In his handwritten letter, Grohl acknowledged the unwavering support of the fans, stating, “Every night, when I see you singing, it makes me sing harder. When I see you screaming, it makes me scream louder. When I see your tears, it brings me to tears.” He further expressed his joy in sharing these emotional moments together and the bond they have built as a community.
The absence of Hawkins has been deeply felt by the band, and during their performances, Grohl paid tribute to his late friend with a touching solo rendition of “Cold Day in the Sun,” a song they used to sing together. At the recent Boston Calling festival, Grohl acknowledged the bittersweet experience of performing without Hawkins, emphasizing that the songs now hold new meaning.
Amidst the challenges, Grohl and the Foo Fighters expressed their gratitude for their fans’ unwavering support, which has enabled them to continue their musical journey. Despite the losses suffered by Grohl, including the passing of his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, their commitment to making music remains resolute. The band’s latest album, “But Here We Are,” serves as a reflection of their grief process through personal loss.
As Foo Fighters embark on their tour with Freese, they look forward to resuming their musical journey alongside their dedicated fans. Their upcoming schedule includes performances throughout 2023, with highlights such as the Austin City Limits shows in October.
Together, Foo Fighters and their fans navigate this transitional phase, finding solace and strength in the power of music and the collective bond that unites them.