Much like any high-profile death, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins' passing has been surrounded by a handful of insane conspiracy theories. In an interview with The Plug With Justin Jay, guitarist Chris Shiflett expressed his anger over people who spread those theories, calling them disrespectful and putting his feelings into two simple words – "fuck you."
"Taylor was this big character and he meant a lot to millions of people so I get that fascination with [his death], but so much of what I've seen out there is so completely wrong," said Shiflett as transcribed by NME.
"There's people out there saying shit like Dave killed Taylor by making him get the COVID vaccine. You're going to turn it into that? Fuck you. I try not to pay attention to it but it does make you angry because that shit is just disrespectful."
Fortunately most people have been either cool about it or just try to avoid talking about it at all, Shiflett said.
"Most people that I've encountered have been respectful about it or try to avoid it," he added. "It probably will be [more of a thing] when we ever get around to putting out another Foo Fighters record and go back into the promo boogie woogie. I remember that when I joined Foo Fighters, it was 1999 so it was a while after Kurt Cobain had died but I would watch interviewers twist themselves in knots trying to ask Dave [Grohl] about it but not ask. I would think it would turn into that kinda thing."
Foo Fighters will play a tribute show for Hawkins tonight at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, CA. The show will feature Geezer Butler (ex-Black Sabbath), Danny Carey (Tool), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), and way more. Get tickets here.