Foo Fighters Announce Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts

Foo Fighters Announce Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts

Organized in conjunction with Hawkins’ family, the shows will feature performances from the late drummer’s peers and idols

Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl

Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl, January 2014 (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

Foo Fighters and the Hawkins family have announced two Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts. The shows commemorating the band’s late drummer are set to take place September 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium and September 27 at Los Angeles’ Kia Forum. The announcement promises performances from Hawkins’ peers and idols, with the lineup to be announced at a future date.

Ahead of the concerts, Hawkins’ wife Alison released a statement for the first time since the musician’s death:

My deepest thanks and admiration go out to the global Foo Fighters community and Taylor’s fans far and wide for the 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 socks 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.

With gratitude,

Alison Hawkins

Hawkins died in March at age 50. He was on the road with Foo Fighters at the time in Bogotá, Colombia, ahead of a scheduled performance at Festival Estéreo Picnic. An official cause of death is still pending. Hawkins’ friends, including Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, recently spoke about Hawkins’ final days (and later apologized for speaking).

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