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Foo Fighters Confirm Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts

Out of respect for their fallen drummer, the Foo Fighters have announced two tribute concerts in honor of Taylor Hawkins.

Paying homage to their “beloved bandmate” who tragically passed away in March at the age of 50, the legendary band will play London’s Wembley Stadium on 3 September and the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.

Both live shows have been organized by Taylor’s family along with his bandmates Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.

In a statement about the forthcoming bi-continental gigs the band said they would be teaming up with artists who inspired and were inspired by the late musician, “playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life”.

Thanking fans for their support following her husband’s passing, Hawkins’ wife Alison released a statement on social media:

“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 catalogue 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.”

Three months ago Taylor was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia this March and though no cause of death was officially announced, a post mortem toxicology report showed traces of 10 different substances in his body – including opioids, marijuana and anti-depressants.

Full details of the tributary concert line-ups will be forthcoming.

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Author: Saul Goode

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