Foo Fighters Reveal Incredible Guest List For Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert
The surviving members of Foo Fighters announced two tribute concerts for the late Taylor Hawkins and the lineup has been recently revealed. The first show will take place on Sept. 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium and it will be an “all-star rock and roll” concert.
The lineup includes (in alphabetical order) Chris Chaney, Stewart Copeland, Liam Gallagher, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme, Chrissie Hynde, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Mark Ronson, Supergrass, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor and Wolfgang Van Halen, along with members of Hawkins other band Chevy Metal and a special appearance by comedian Dave Chappelle.
While the second show will take place on Sept. 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. Foo Fighters will be joined onstage by Chris Chaney, Stewart Copeland, Miley Cyrus, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme, Joan Jett, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Mark Ronson, Alanis Morissette, Gene Simmons, Nikki Sixx, Chad Smith, Luke Spiller, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, Jon Theodore, Wolfgang Van Halen, Brad Wilk and Pat Wilson along with a special appearance by Chevy Metal, with “more to be announced.”
Upon the announcement, Liam Gallagher, a longtime friend of Hawkins, posted on Twitter:
“It’s an absolute honour to be invited to kick out the jams for Taylor Hawkins won’t let you down brother.”
Gallagher is one of the artists who paid tribute to Hawkins onstage. He had dedicated the Oasis classic “Live Forever” to the late drummer during his show in London. Another participant, Wolfgang Van Halen, honored Hawkins by covering Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” with his band Mammoth WVH during a concert in Boston. Van Halen said prior to performing the song:
“He was a hero to me, a hero to us [pointing to his band], and a hero to countless people, so we feel this is necessary.”
Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without Brian May and Roger Taylor. Hawkins was a huge Queen fan and having the two musicians for his tribute show will be special. The late drummer even performed the Queen classic “Somebody to Love” at his final show. Both of the Queen members have shared their frustration over Hawkins’ passing on social media.
Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will also be part of the show. They were famously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 by Hawkins and fellow presenter Dave Grohl. In an interview with House of Strombo, Lee spoke about Hawkins death, saying:
“That really broke my heart.”
Another big influence to Hawkins that will be part of the lineup is Stewart Copeland of The Police. Hawkins said in 2019 BBC Interview:
“Two first major inspirations — probably the two guys that shaped a lot of what I do when I play drums in a rock band — are Roger Taylor and Stewart Copeland.”
Hawkins’ wife, Alison has also issued her first public statement since the drummer’s death, thanking fans for their “outpouring of love” for the musician, while also adding of the band:
“We consider every band member and the extended Foo Fighters team our family.
“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.”