Foo Fighters have announced plans for two special gigs in London and L.A. to pay tribute to their late drummer Taylor Hawkins, who passed away in March.
Hawkins, who was the band’s drummer since 1997, died in Bogotá, Colombia, on March 25 at the age of just 50.
‘The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts’ set up in his honour, will stop at Wembley Stadium on September 3 before playing at L.A.’s Kia Forum on September 27.
In a statement, the Foo Fighters – frontman Dave Grohl, as well as Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee – said they wanted to pay tribute to their “beloved brother” by celebrating his talent.
“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,” they added.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 8, 2022
“Millions mourned his untimely passing on 25 March, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolised.
“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.”
In a separate press release, it was revealed that several artists will perform at the shows – those who inspired and were inspired by the legendary drummer, who will join Foo Fighters to play “the songs that he fell in love with and the ones he brought to life”.
A Message from The Hawkins Family pic.twitter.com/mOOI9PXtJD
— Taylor Hawkins (@taylorhawkins) June 8, 2022
The late drummer’s wife Alison Hawkins also shared a statement about the gigs, saying: “As Taylor’s wife, and on behalf of our children, I want to share how much you meant to him and how dedicated he was to ‘knocking your socks off’ during every performance.
“Taylor was honored to be a part of the Foo Fighters and valued his dream role in the band every minute of his 25 years with them.
“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.”
Tickets for ‘The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts’ go on sale on 17th June, and you can purchase them from the official Foo Fighters’ website.