Foo Fighters To Pay Tribute To Taylor Hawkins With Pair Of Concerts In London And Los Angeles

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Taylor Hawkins performs at Stubbs’ Bar-B-Q in Austin in 2013. Photo via AP Photo / Austin American-Statesman

Foo Fighters will honor the band’s late drummer Taylor Hawkins with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts – one at Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and the other at Wembley Stadium in London – in September.

The shows will mark the return of Foo Fighters to the stage after the Hawkins’ sudden death at 50 on March 25 during a South American tour. Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with the Hawkins family to celebrate Hawkins Sept. 3 in London and Sept. 27 in Inglewood.

The twin shows will feature “his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life,” the band said in a statement. Lineups for each show will be announced at a later date.

Fans can sign up to receive information on timings, ticketing links and on sale dates at the Foo Fighters website.

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Taylor’s wife, Alison, took to social media to thank the band and its fans for their support. “In celebration of his life, is now up to all of us who loved him most to honor Taylor’s legacy and the music he gave us.”

“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.” a statement read. “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.”

Hawkins was Alanis Morissette’s touring drummer when he joined Foo Fighters in 1997, first appearing with the band on the tour supporting its 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 Foos album, including One By One, In Your Honor (the first Foo Fighters 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.

The band canceled the remainder of its 2022 tour dates after Hawkins’ death. At the Grammy Awards on April 3, an extended tribute to Hawkins played before the show’s In Memoriam segment honoring artists and music industry figures who’ve died. Billie Eilish paid homage to Hawkins during her performance by sporting a black T-shirt with his image.