Foo Fighters Announce Very Special Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts — 9/3 in London, 9/27 in Los Angeles

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Rock Cellar Magazine

It’s been a little over two months since the tragic passing of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia on March 25 as the rock & roll icons were preparing to play a festival date. He was just 50 years of age.

This coming September, Dave Grohl and Hawkins’ surviving band mates will reconvene — for the first time publicly — at two very special tribute concert events, the first Sept. 3 at Wembley Stadium in London and the second on Sept. 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. Each venue holds special significance for Hawkins and the Foo Fighters, having staged customarily epic concert performances there in the past (as well as the Foos’ triumphant return to live shows this past August).

The full details for the shows, as well as a list of participating acts — which promises to be impressive, given the esteem Hawkins held in the rock and roll community — will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

The Hawkins family also issued its own statement about the events, authored by the drummer’s wife, Alison:

Needless to say, these Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts will undoubtedly be powerful nights of love, respect and group mourning, but most of all a celebration of the life, energy and legacy of Hawkins. May he continue to rest in peace.

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