Two months after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins at the age of 50 in Bogotá, Colômbia, the Foo Fighters announced two tribute shows to the late musician, one in London at the Wembley Stadium next September 3 and the other one in Los Angles at the Kia Forum on September 27.
The official statement from the band points that the shows are made in partnership with Taylor Hawkins’ family and that the line-up “all-star rock and roll shows” will be announced soon.
The Foo Fighters talked about the two Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts, saying:
“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 band continued:
“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.”
Taylor Hawkins’ widow Alison Hawkins gave her first statement after his death:
Taylor Hawkins’ widow Alison Hawkins gave her first statement after her husband’s death and thanked the fans for all the support they gave in this terrible moment.
“My deepest thanks and admiration go out to the global Foo Fighters community and Taylor’s fans far and wide for teh outpouring of love each and every one of you have shown our beloved Taylor. Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort for my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief.”
“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 rocks 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. We consider every band member and the extended Foo Fighters team our family.”
Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he so enjoyed having with other musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created.”
“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. Thank you all again for your love and sympathy. Taylor loved all of you & we love you too.”
A Message from The Hawkins Family pic.twitter.com/mOOI9PXtJD
— Taylor Hawkins (@taylorhawkins) June 8, 2022