Pearl Jam Drummer Matt Cameron and Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Apologized for Comments about Taylor Hawkins
PEARL JAM drummer MATT CAMERON and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer CHAD SMITH issued apologies yesterday about comments they made about TAYLOR HAWKINS that appeared in a "Rolling Stone" article. They both said they were taken out of context and shaped into a misleading narrative.
In this "Rolling Stone" feature that came out this week you can read the different quotes and the context of how they were presented.
PEARL JAM'S MATT CAMERON was quoted in the, "Rolling Stone", "[Taylor] had a heart-to-heart with Dave [Grohl] and, yeah, he told me that he 'couldn't [effing] do it anymore' . . . those were his words. So I guess they did come to some understanding, but it just seems like the touring schedule got even crazier after that."
A rep for FOO FIGHTERS denied that a heart-to-heart or any type of meeting ever took place.
Cameron responded to the article with, "When I agreed to take part in the 'Rolling Stone' article about Taylor, I assumed it would be a celebration of his life and work. My quotes were taken out of context and shaped into a narrative I had never intended."
"Taylor was a dear friend, and a next level artist. I miss him. I have only the deepest love and respect for Taylor, Dave, and the Foo Fighters families. I am truly sorry to have taken part in this interview and I apologize that my participation may have caused harm to those for whom I have only the deepest respect and admiration."
CHAD SMITH told "Rolling Stone" about an incident last December when Taylor allegedly lost consciousness on a plane in Chicago.
He said, quote, "Taylor just said he was exhausted and collapsed, and they had to pump him full of IVs and stuff . . . and he said 'I can't do it like this anymore.'"
His apology statement said, quote, "Taylor was one of my best friends and I would do anything for his family. I was asked by 'Rolling Stone' to share some memories of our time together, which I thought was going to be the loving tribute he deserved . . .
"Instead, the story they wrote was sensationalized and misleading, and had I known I never would have agreed to participate. I apologize to his family and musical friends for any pain this may have caused. I miss Taylor every day."