Foo Fighters cancels tour events, including Jazz Fest date

Rock band Foo Fighters are canceling all upcoming tour dates, including a scheduled May 1 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

The group was not included in Tuesday’s release of the festival’s “cubes,” which list times and stage assignments for each scheduled performance during the two-weekend event.

The festival returns after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 festival will run from April 29 to May 1 and May 5 to May 8 at the Fair Grounds Race Course.

In an announcement via Twitter, the Foo Fighters confirmed the tour cancellation “in light of the stunning loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins. We are sorry and share the disappointment that we will not see each other as planned.”

The tweet concluded, “Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, heal, bring our loved ones together and appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.”

Hawkins died on Friday. He was 50 years old.

Jazz Fest organizers have not announced a replacement.

The Who, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, Luke Combs, Willie Nelson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Charlie Wilson and Erykah Badu are among the headliners at this year’s festival.

Started in 1970, Jazz Fest annually celebrates the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, alongside performances by nationally and internationally renowned guest artists.

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