AceShowbiz - The Foo Fighters have been left "shocked and devastated" following the death of their longtime stage manager. Andy Pollard passed away on Friday morning, June 18.
A cause of death has not been released, but Pollard, who had worked with the band for 12 years, will be remembered on Sunday, when Dave Grohl and his bandmates plan to dedicate their big gig at New York's Madison Square Garden to their late colleague.
A statement released to WENN reads, "We are shocked and devastated by this loss. We can't imagine being onstage without Andy there by our side. He was not only a key member of our team but a dear friend and wonderful father. Our hearts go out to his partner Sophie Peacock, their children Arlo and Ren, and his family and loved ones."
Sunday's show will serve as the first full-capacity event at MSG for 15 months following the COVID-19 shutdown.
The band's loss came just days after frontman Dave Grohl got called out by Ricky Schroder for his COVID-19 vaccine support. Along with a meme of the rocker wearing a shirt that said, "Pharma Sellout," the former "Silver Spoons" star wrote in a Facebook post, "Dave Grohl is an ignorant punk who needs slapped for supporting Discrimination. Ignorance comes in all shapes & sizes."
The 51-year-old actor was also spotted picketing Foo Fighters' concert that was held on Tuesday, June 15 at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Joining around 30 anti-vaccine activists, he was caught on camera staying outside the venue to oppose the gig's vaccine policy.