Foo Fighters hold tribute concerts for the late Taylor Hawkins

The Foo Fighters are honoring their late drummer and friend Taylor Hawkins with two special tribute concerts later this year.

Hawkins died in March of complications from a cardiovascular collapse at the age of 50 in a Colombian hotel where several drugs were found, according to a report citing Colombian authorities.

The first show will take place on September 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium, and the second on September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.

The “all-star rock ‘n’ roll shows” were announced on the band’s website on Wednesday to “celebrate the memory and music of a rock legend.”

Lineups for each show will be announced in the near future and tickets will go on sale on June 17th.

“Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will join the Hawkins family to celebrate the life, music and love of their husband, father, brother and bandmates with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.” the band in an emotional statement.

The concerts “will unite several [artists]the Hawkins family and of course his Foo Fighters brothers to celebrate Taylor’s memory and legacy as a global rock icon.”

“His bandmates and inspirations perform the songs he fell in love with and the ones he brought to life,” the note continued.

The Foo Fighters also posted about the shows on theirs social media sitesShe wrote alongside a poster for the concert: “To our dear friend, our bada bandmate, our beloved brother.”

The late drummer joined the rock group in 1997 and first performed with them on tour for their second album, The Color & The Shape. Hawkins then made his recording debut with the musicians in 1999 with the album There Is Nothing Left To Lose.

Hawkins’ widow Alison also shared them own statement and expressed their gratitude to his loyal and loving fans. “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,” she wrote.

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Foo Fighters members Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel in Belgium in 2002.
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“My deepest gratitude and admiration goes out to the global Foo Fighters community and to Taylor’s fans far and wide for the love each and every one of you has shown for our beloved Taylor. Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort to my family and I at this time of unimaginable grief,” the message continued.

The Foo Fighters canceled their tour shortly after Hawkins’ death to help them “heal”.

During the Grammy Awards on April 3, Hawkins was honored by singer Bille Eilish during the In Memoriam segment of the ceremony.

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