Foo Fighters Announce Two Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts, Hawkins’ Widow Speaks
Foo Fighters have taken their time to process the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins earlier this year, and the band is now ready to celebrate his life and career by holding a pair of tribute concerts taking place in London and Los Angeles this September.
The band will take over London's Wembley Stadium, the venue where they played one of their biggest and most famous concerts, on Sept. 3, while there will also be a home city celebration with Foo Fighters performing at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on Sept. 27.
Presented as "Foo Fighters and the Hawkins Family Present Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert," the Foo Fighters stated in making the announcement via social media, "For our dear friend, our badass bandmate, our beloved brother…Foo Fighters and The Hawkins family bring you the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts."
In addition, Taylor's wife Alison offered a lengthier statement thanking fans for their "outpouring of love" for the musician, while also adding of the group, “We consider every band member and the extended Foo Fighters team our family.”
She went on to add, "In celebration of his life, it is now up to all of us who loved him most to honor Taylor's legacy and the music he gave us." Her full statement can be read below.
While the London and Los Angeles shows are the first announced, a full lineup of concerts is expected to follow. That said, it has not been revealed who will be playing drums for the band at these shows.
The band's announcement reads as follows:
Together with the Hawkins Family
THE TAYLOR HAWKINS TRIBUTE CONCERTS
Two Global Events Celebrating the Memory & Music of a Rock Legend
Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with the Hawkins family to celebrate the life, music and love of their husband, father, brother and bandmate with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.
As one of the most respected and beloved figures in modern music, Taylor’s monolithic talent and magnetic personality endeared him to millions of fans, peers, friends and fellow musical legends the world over. Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolized. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will unite several of those artists, the Hawkins family and of course his Foo Fighters brothers in celebration of Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon—his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life.
The all-star rock and roll shows will take place September 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium and September 27 at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles.
The lineups for each show will be announced shortly. Sign up to receive information on timings, ticketing links and on sale dates at https://www.foofighters.com/.
Taylor Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997, first appearing with the band on the tour supporting sophomore album The Colour & The Shape. He made his recorded debut with Foo Fighters with 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose, playing on every subsequent FF album, including One By One, In Your Honor (the first FF album to feature him assuming lead vocal duties on his song “Cold Day In The Sun”), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Wasting Light, Sonic Highways, Concrete & Gold (also featuring him as lead singer on “Sunday Rain”) and Medicine at Midnight. As a member of Foo Fighters, Taylor was a 15-time GRAMMY Award winner and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He lived and loved music to an insatiable degree, with Foo Fighters as well as his numerous solo and side projects and collaborations.
Hawkins died on March 25 while on tour with the band in Colombia. No official cause of death has been released as of yet. Stay tuned for additional concert information.