Foo Fighters Announce More Guests for Sold-Out Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts in London 9/3, Los Angeles 9/27

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Rock Cellar Magazine

When the Foo Fighters first announced a pair of concert events meant to pay tribute to their late drummer, Taylor Hawkins, it ended a silence from the iconic rock band that began after the sudden and tragic death of Hawkins on March 25.

The gigs, coming up on Sept. 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium and Sept. 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, will be a joyous celebration of Hawkins’ exuberance and larger-than-life presence — factors that made him friends with nearly all of the Foo Fighters’ rock peers, as well as their musical heroes.

Some of those heroes will take part in the tribute events, and on Wednesday the Foos announced the initial list of icons participating in the London show, an assortment of Hawkins closest friends, including:

Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction
Stewart Copeland of the Police
Liam Gallagher
Omar Hakim
Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age
Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush
Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen
Mark Ronson
Rufus Taylor
Wolfgang Van Halen
Chevy Metal
and “a special appearance by Dave Chappelle”

This list was updated on Friday with even more heavy hitters:

John Paul Jones, Alain Johannes, Nandi Bushell, Nile Rodgers, Krist Novoselic, Greg Kurstin and a special appearance by Chris Rock

The first batch of guests for the Forum in Los Angeles on Sept. 27 were also announced on Wednesday, featuring several of the same participants as London, with even more added to the mix Friday:

Chris Chaney
Stewart Copeland
Miley Cyrus
Omar Hakim
Josh Homme
Joan Jett
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Brian May and Roger Taylor
Mark Ronson
Alanis Morissette
Gene Simmons
Nikki Sixx
Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers
Luke Spiller of the Struts
Rufus Taylor
Jon Theodore
Wolfgang Van Halen
Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave
Pat Wilson of Weezer
Chevy Metal

New additions on June 17:

P!NK, LeAnn Rimes, John Paul Jones, Alain Johannes, Nancy Wilson, Krist Novoselic and Greg Kurstin

and yet more to be announced in the weeks ahead. The acts for the Los Angeles show have yet to be detailed, but expect more of the same in terms of A-list musicians from all throughout rock and roll history. Hawkins was a friend to all, the Foo Fighters were (and continue to be) revered by their peers, so there’s no doubt both of these events will be stacked to the rafters, so to speak, with legends.

Here’s the band’s full statement about the Taylor tribute events:

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 here.

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.

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