Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts Add Stars; London Show Will Be Streamed Live

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Foo Fighters have announced many new special guests for the pair of Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts to honor their late drummer who died on March 25, 2022. Among the additional performers are Hawkins’ son, Shane Hawkins, as well as the newly reunited James Gang, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, and Pretenders’ Martin Chambers. The August 17 announcement noted that the first of the two shows, on Sept. 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium, will be streamed live on Paramount+ (in the U.S.) and Pluto TV (internationally), as well as on MTV Brand YouTube channels, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. CBS Television will broadcast an hour-long edition that same evening. The second concert takes place on Sept. 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. Tickets are available here.

The “all-star rock and roll shows” were first revealed in a June 8 announcement.  On June 15 and June 17, the first names for the pair of shows were revealed and more than lived up to the billing. Joining Foo Fighters at Wembley: John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and Chambers, Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Stewart Copeland of The Police, AC/DC’s Johnson, Blink-182’s Travis Barker, James Gang, Liam Gallagher, Wolfgang Van Halen, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, and more.

In Los Angeles, Hawkins’ “brothers” Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will again be joined by Jones, Lee and Lifeson, May and Taylor, Copeland, Barker, Violet Grohl, and Wolfgang Van Halen. Others announced are Collen, Elliott, Butler, Joan Jett, Nancy Wilson, Miley Cyrus, Krist Novoselic, Alanis Morissette, Gene Simmons, Pink, Nikki Sixx, and Sebastian Bach.

The concerts are “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.”

Additional names for the London show include Chris Chaney, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme, Supergrass, Rufus Taylor, Chevy Metal, and a special appearances by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock.

Also performing Los Angeles: Chaney, Hakim, Homme, Ronson, Rufus Taylor, Chad Smith, Jon Theodore, Brad Wilk, Greg Kurstin, and Pat Wilson.

The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts ticket and merchandise sales will benefit charities chosen by the Hawkins family: Music Support and MusiCares.

In a statement also released on June 8, Hawkins’ wife, Alison, sent a message to his fans. “Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief. I want to share how much you meant to him and how dedicated he was to ‘knocking your socks off’ during every performance.”

Alison Hawkins’ complete message:

In a brief statement released on March 29, Foo Fighters wrote, “It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins. We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.

With Love, Foo Fighters”

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, Hawkins was a 15-time GRAMMY Award winner and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Hawkins died while the band was on tour and in the wake of his passing, the group had cancelled the remaining dates.

The band announced his death at age 50 late on March 25. The group was scheduled to perform that evening at the Estereo Picnic Festival in Bogotá, Colombia, when they shared the news of “the tragic and untimely loss” of their beloved drummer.

Candles were placed on the stage that evening.

A fellow drummer of note paid his respects…

Ozzy Osbourne was one of the first rock stars to react.

From Nancy Wilson of Heart…

Brian Wilson wrote, “I’m heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins. He was such a nice young man. Love & Mercy to Taylor’s family and friends.”

Brian May of Queen wrote, “No. It cannot be. Heartbroken. Taylor, you were family to us. Our friend, our brother, our beloved child. Bless you. We will miss you so bad.”

From fellow drummer Bill Bruford, most notably of Yes and King Crimson…

“So saddened to hear of the death of Taylor Hawkins. If you want to play rock drums you’re nothing without serious commitment. Taylor brought commitment in spades as he laid into that drum kit with a huge smile, irrepressible energy and stratospheric levels of enthusiasm. These were all aspects of his personality and playing that I admired from afar and that brought so much pleasure to so many. It’s a terrible loss of one so young with so much more to give. My sincere condolences to his wife, family and fellow Foo Fighters.”

From fellow drummer, Lars Ulrich of Metallica…

From another fellow drummer, Stewart Copeland, of The Police: “Taylor was a force of life, with a forward momentum that seemed unstoppable. He was all energy and cheerful enthusiasm. It’s inconceivable that he is gone.”

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  1. David
    #1 David 26 March, 2022, 13:22

    Too young to pass on!

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