THE Foo Fighters and Alison, wife of Taylor Hawkins, have announced two major tribute concerts following the drummer’s tragic death.
Popular musician Taylor, 50, died in his Colombian hotel room in March while on the US rock band’s tour of South America.
The grieving group immediately canceled their remaining tour dates and have kept a low profile in the months since their shock deaths.
Today they announced their return with performances at London’s Wembley Stadium on September 3rd and the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 17th to pay tribute to their former bandmate.
In a heartfelt statement thanking fans for their “love and empathy,” Alison, Taylor’s wife of 17, wrote, “My deepest gratitude and admiration goes out to the global Foo Fighters community and to Taylor’s fans far and wide for the outpouring of love and each of you showed our beloved Taylor.
“Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort to my family and I at this time of unimaginable grief.”
Taylor complained of chest pains before his death and an initial autopsy found 10 substances in his system.
The drummer, who played with Alanis Morrisette before joining the Foos in 1997, has three children: Oliver, Everleigh and Annabelle.
Alison continued, “As Taylor’s wife and on behalf of our children, I want to share with you how much you meant to him and his dedication to ‘knocking your socks off’ with every performance. Taylor was honored to be a part of the Foo Fighters and cherished his dream role in the band every minute of his 25 years with them. We consider each band member and the extended Foo Fighters team as our family.
“Taylor’s spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he loved having with other musicians and through the catalog of songs he contributed to and created.
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“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.”
Foos members Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will all return to the stage to perform some of the band’s most iconic hits at the concerts.
Taylor won 15 Grammys as part of the Foo Fighters and has played on their most successful albums from The Color and the Shape to In Your Honor and Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace.
He took on lead vocals on the band’s track Cold Day In The Sun, and his infectious smile and love of rock ‘n’ roll earned him a loyal following.
In recent years he has teamed up with Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron for the side project Nighttime Boogie Association, releasing a couple of groovy, psychedelic singles.
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Ticketing links and sales dates at www.foofighters.com.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5516168/foo-fighters-taylor-hawkins-wife-tribute-gigs-death/ The Foo Fighters and Taylor Hawkins’ wife Alison announce tribute gigs following his tragic death