Foo Fighters and the Hawkins family have announced the first wave of artists for the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in London in September. Liam Gallagher, Joshua Homme, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, Supergrass and Mark Ronson star, among others. Dave Chappelle is featured as a special guest. The show takes place on September 3 at Wembley Stadium, before another tribute concert, with an as yet unannounced lineup, at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.
Also on the bill are Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Omar Hakim, Rufus Taylor (a Queen touring member), Wolfgang Van Halen and Taylor Hawkins cover band Chevy Metal. The shows will benefit charities to be announced later, according to the band.
Prior to the concerts, Hawkins’ wife Alison released a statement thanking fans for their support. “Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he’s enjoyed so much,” she added, “and the catalog of songs he’s contributed to and created. To celebrate 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.
Hawkins died in March at the age of 50. He was then on the road with the Foo Fighters in Bogotá, Colombia, for a performance at the Estéreo Picnic Festival. An official cause of death is still pending. Hawkins’ friends, including Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, recently spoke about Hawkins’ final days (and later apologized for speaking out).
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