Foo Fighters reveal guest list for London Taylor Hawkins Tribute
It’s on! The Foo Fighters have revealed a pretty impressive guest list for the first of their Taylor Hawkins tribute shows which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday September 3.
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, featuring members of fellow band Hawkins Chevy Metal and a special appearance by comedian Dave Chappelle. And there’s a promise of “many more to announce.”
Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday (June 17) at 9am local time, and charities in the UK will be chosen by the Hawkins family and revealed shortly.
When announcing the show, Liam Gallagher, a longtime friend of Hawkins, said via Twitter, “It’s an absolute honor to be asked to kick off the jams because Taylor Hawkins won’t let you down my brother.” Gallagher and tribute show participant Wolfgang Van Halen were among the first acts to pay musical tribute to Hawkins onstage during their respective tours. Gallagher dedicated the classic Oasis “Live Forever” to Hawkins at a gig in London, while Van Halen covered Foo Fighters “My Hero” with his band Mammoth WVH at a gig in Boston. “He was a hero to me, a hero to us [pointing to his band]and a hero to countless people, so we think it’s necessary,” Van Halen said before performing the song.
Two acts that Hawkins absolutely adored make their presence felt at the tribute show as Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor and Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be part of the event. When Hawkins died, Brian May had shared his frustration with Taylor’s death, wishing he could negotiate with death to bring the musician back. Hawkins performed Queen’s song “Somebody to Love” on her last show. Meanwhile, the Queen’s teammate Roger Taylor dedicated his honor of Officer of the Order of the British Empire to Hawkins, saying what a close friend of the family he was and commenting on the impact Hawkins has had. had on his son, The Darkness drummer Rufus Taylor, who is also part of the upcoming tribute show.
Hawkins also inducted Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with fellow presenter Dave Grohl. In an interview with House of Strombo, Lee explained how heartbreaking it was to learn of Hawkins’ death, adding, “It really broke my heart.” Lee and Lifeson will also be part of the tribute show.
Another great thing about this show is Stewart Copeland, The Police drummer who was an early influence on Hawkins. “My brother handed me a copy of ‘Zenyatta Mondatta,'” Hawkins said in a 2019 BBC interview. guys. My first two major inspirations – probably the two guys who shaped a lot of what I do when I play drums in a rock band – are Roger Taylor and Stewart Copeland.
Copeland told Rolling Stone of Hawkins, “Taylor was a good hit, and there’s a big hole where a lot of the laughs lived,” Copeland said. “When we weren’t having fun, we were talking on the phone about crazy theories, get-rich-quick schemes and just general *** shenanigans. He was just tirelessly cheerful. He was also emotional, but that just spiced up his cheerfulness.
Announcing the Hawkins tribute shows, the drummer’s wife, Alison, released her first public statement since his death, thanking fans for their “outpouring of love” for the musician, while adding of the band, “We consider every band member and the extended Foo Fighters. equips our family.
She added, “To celebrate his life, it’s now up to all of us who loved him most to honor Taylor’s legacy and the music he gave us.”
In addition to the London show, a second US tribute show date is scheduled for September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. Guest artists and ticketing information for this show have yet to be revealed. There has also been talk of additional dates, but nothing has been announced as of yet.
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