Alanis Morissette, Chad Smith, Nikki Sixx, and many more lead the star-studded line-up
UPDATED: JUNE 17
Foo Fighters have revealed the line-up of special guests set to perform at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Lost Angeles in September. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Rush bassist Geddy Lee, Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, Joan Jett, KISS’s Gene Simmons, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, and many more will join Foo Fighters – Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee – to celebrate Hawkins’ legacy. The show is set for Tuesday, September 27 at the KIA Forum.
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, with whom Foo Fighters previously collaborated, will also be on hand. Additionally, alt-rock icon Alanis Morissette is slated to perform. Hawkins served as Alanis’s drummer in the early 90s before joining Foo Fighters.
More high-profile contributors have recently been added to the lineup including country music star Leann Rimes, pop sensation P!INK, Nirvana’s Kris Novoselic, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones.
Check out the full star-studded lineup below. Another show will take place on September 3 at London’s Wembley Stadium. Sign up to receive information on timings, ticketing links and on sale dates here.
Hawkins, who sat behind the kit for Foo Fighters since 1997, passed away suddenly in March at the age of 50.
As one of the most respected and beloved figures in modern music, Taylor’s monolithic talent and magnetic personality endeared him to millions of fans, peers, friends and fellow musical legends the world over. Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolized. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will unite several of those artists, the Hawkins family and of course his Foo Fighters brothers in celebration of Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon—his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life.
Following the departure of drummer William Goldsmith during the recording sessions for The Colour and the Shape, Hawkins official joined Foo Fighters in the spring of 1997. He made his studio debut on 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose (Roswell/RCA). The album peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. The lead single “Learn To Fly” became one of the band’s biggest songs. The platinum-selling LP won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Rock Album, garnering Foo Fighters their first career GRAMMY® win.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl would later refer to Hawkins as his “best friend and partner in crime” in his 2021 autobiography, The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music.
“During his stint as Alanis Morissette’s drummer, long before he became a Foo Fighter, we would bump into each other backstage at festivals all over the world, and our chemistry was so obvious that even Alanis herself once asked him, ‘What are you going to do when Dave asks you to be his drummer?’” Grohl wrote.
Foo Fighters released their tenth studio LP Medicine at Midnight last February. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. Last July, the band released Hail Satin – an EP of disco covers and live versions of Medicine at Midnight tracks.
With Foo Fighters, Hawkins garnered a total of 12 GRAMMY® Awards. In 2005, he was voted Best Rock Drummer in Rhythm Magazine. Last year, Hawkins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Foo Fighters.