The Foo Fighters have announced two talent-loaded tribute shows to honour the memory of late drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The concerts—one at London’s Wembley Stadium, the other at Los Angeles’ Kia Forum—will mark the band’s first live performances since Hawkins died suddenly this past March. Proceeds will go to two charities chosen by the drummer's family: Music Support and MusiCares.
The lineups for both shows will feature a parade of iconic guest musicians who span genres and decades. London audiences will see the Foo Fighters perform with artists that only start with Travis Barker, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Liam Gallagher, Stewart Copeland, Chrissie Hynde, Lars Ulrich, Josh Homme, Josh Freese, John Paul Jones, Kesha, Nile Rodgers, Wolfgang Van Halen, and Krist Novoselic.
Los Angeles attendees will watch the Foo Fighters take the stage with many of the above, as well as Geezer Butler, Miley Cyrus, Chad Smith, Nikki Sixx, Roger Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette, Pink, Leann Rimes, and Brad Wilk. Taylor Hawkins’s children Justin and Shane Hawkins as well as Grohl’s daughter Violet will also make appearances on stage.
Hawkins collapsed at his hotel before a Foo Fighters concert near Bogatá, Colombia on March 25 after complaining of chest pains. A forensic report by Colombia’s attorney general’s office said a toxicology test found 10 substances, including THC, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids in his urine.
Those who are guaranteed to miss out on tickets for the tribute shows even before they’ve been released will be able to stream both spectacles live on Pluto TV as well as MTV’s YouTube channel.
Following the London concert, a one-hour special of highlights will air on CBS on September 3 at 7 p.m. PST. A full recording of the concert will then go up on-demand on Pluto TV, and MTV on September 5.