- 08 Jun 22
The full lineup of the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts has yet to be announced.
The members of the Foo Fighters alongside Taylor Hawkins' family have announced two special events celebrating the life and legacy of the Foo's legendary drummer. The first will be at Wembley Stadium in London on September 3, and the second at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.
The shows are set to unite Taylor's fans, peers, family and inspirations, "playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life."
Hawkins passed away on March 25 of this year, leaving the music world in mourning. Tributes poured out for the iconic drummer, who in addition to his superb musical ability was hugely respected as a patron of music, kind soul and dear friend.
Joining up with the Foo Fighters in 1997, Hawkins is widely regarded as one of the most influential drummers in rock history. Known for his complex, unique playing style and endless stamina, he tirelessly supported the sound of what would become one of the most popular bands in recent memory. Whether it was playing behind Dave Grohl and Alanis Morrisette, fronting Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders or providing vocals for Foo Fighters hits the likes of 'Cold Day in the Sun' or 'Sunday Rain,' the drummer has firmly cemented his status as a rock and roll legend.
The lineup for the shows has yet to be announced — for updates you can sign up for the Foo Fighters mailing list, here.
Hot Press spoke to some of Hawkins friends, collaborators and those he inspired in April's issue. Here's what some of them had to say:
"His faces when he played, he would play with his top off, sweating, that blonde hair. You never knew what kind of shorts he’d be wearing. You could tell his absolute fantastic musicality, because he could play so hard with the Foo Fighters, and then his solo albums were so melodic, free, pure and beautiful. Above all, he was such a fantastic musician." - Graham Hopkins, Therapy?
"I watched a masterclass Taylor did on BBC a couple of years ago – he just really enchanted and engaged me. What he was on the surface was this common man: a blonde, American Adonis playing for one of the biggest bands in the world. But what really came across was his humanity, a common story not just for drummers, but for so many great musicians." - Liam Bradley, Australian composer and musician.
"His loss hit me hard. It was quite poignant, to see how greatly he affected and influenced so many people, both as a person and a player. By all accounts, he was just a really nice person. He would sit side-stage and watch the support act, chat with everybody who came up to him after shows. He was such a positive figure." - Benedict Warner-Clayton, Thumper