Foo Fighters have confirmed the all-star lineup for a Sept. 3 London concert in tribute to late drummer Taylor Hawkins. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen and Chrissie Hynde of Pretenders top the Wembley Stadium bill, which will also feature remaining Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.
Hawkins will also be remembered at a Sept. 27 concert at Kia Forum in Los Angeles, with a lineup announcement to follow. Both shows will benefit charities chosen by the drummer’s family, Foo Fighters noted in a separate statement.
Also announced for the London concert: Stewart Copeland of the Police, Mark Ronson, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, veteran drummer Omar Hakim, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, comedian Dave Chappelle, Supergrass, Rufus Taylor, Wolfgang Van Halen and Chevy Metal.
The 50-year-old Hawkins died on March 25 while on tour with Foo Fighters in Colombia. An early urine toxicology test found 10 drugs in his system, but a specific cause of death has not been released. The band canceled all remaining tour dates.
His wife, Alison Hawkins, broke her silence on Hawkins’ death earlier this month. “My deepest thanks and admiration go out to the global Foo Fighters community and Taylor’s fans far and wide for the outpouring of love each and every one of you have shown out beloved Taylor,” said Alison, who married Taylor in 2005. “Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort for my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief.”
Hawkins joined in 1997, appearing on eight Foo Fighters albums through 2021’s Medicine at Midnight.
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