The Foo Fighters celebrate the “monolithic talent” of Taylor Hawkins with two tribute concerts.
The drummer died aged 50 in March while on tour in Bogotá, Colombia.
On Wednesday, band members Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee announced that they would hold concerts in memory of Taylor at Wembley Stadium in London on September 3 and at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.
“The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will bring together many of these artists, the Hawkins family and, of course, his Foo Fighter brothers to celebrate Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon – his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs he fell in love with and the ones he brought to life,” they said in a note posted on their website.
Line-ups for each show will be announced shortly.
Following the news, Taylor’s wife, Alison, released a statement on social media in which she thanked fans around the world for their support.
“Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort to my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief,” she commented. “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 ‘knock your socks off’ at every performance. Taylor was honored to be part of the Foo Fighters and enjoyed his dream role in the group every minute of his 25 years with them. We consider each member of the band and the wider Foo Fighters team as our family.
“Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he so loved having with other musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created.”