Last month, Foo Fighters made the announcement that they would carry on as a “different band” following the passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins.
In a recent interview with 98KUPD in Arizona, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna talked about his friendship with the Foo Fighters and shared his thoughts on the band moving forward.
“I became friends with Taylor and Dave a while back,” Erna said. “When I first met them, they’re just such a warm group of guys. Their whole camp, their whole team, everyone that works for them, they’re just a very welcoming committee. When you’re invited to be a guest at their show, they treat you very, very well. They’re just very grounded, humble, simple people that have a great heart and care genuinely about everybody. So it was very easy to become friends with them.”
Erna said that while it has obviously been difficult for the band, he expects them to carry on in tribute to their late drummer and friend.
“I can’t say enough about them,” Erna continued. “I’ve grown to love them over the years. I still stay in touch with Dave. Every now and then, we connect and just say hi and see how they’re doing and getting through all the stuff and whatever. And it’s been extremely difficult for them, obviously, but they’re handling it the best they can and mourning in their own way. And I think they’ll make a comeback. Music is in (Dave’s) blood. I know Taylor would want them to do that. And I don’t think Dave can stay away from music, even though I feel that he was feeling defeated at times.”
Erna said that Grohl has been through tragedy before, but that playing music is instinctual for the Foo Fighters frontman.
“These are big blows. I mean, he lost Kurt (Cobain) and then he lost Taylor, and you start to question whether you wanna do this anymore,” Erna said. “But when you’re that kind of level musician and that kind of artist and you do it as well as you do at that level, it eventually comes back and it will remind you of who you are and what you’re supposed to be.”
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