The rock band Foo Fighters on Wednesday announced two “all-star” tribute concerts for their late drummer Taylor Hawkins, including one in Inglewood.
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will be held Sept. 27 at the Forum in Inglewood, and Sept. 3 at Wembley Stadium in London.
Lineups for both shows will be announced in the near future.
“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 our beloved Taylor,” Hawkins’ wife Alison tweeted. “As Taylor’s wife, and on behalf of our children, I want to share how much you meant to him and how dedicated he was to ‘knocking your socks off’ during every performance. …
“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.”
Hawkins died March 25 in Bogotá, Colombia, where he and the band were scheduled to perform at the Festival Estéreo Picnic before headlining at Lollapalooza Brazil.
Toxicological tests on urine from Hawkins’ body preliminarily found 10 psychoactive substances and medicines, including marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines, according to a statement from the Colombian Attorney General’s Office.
Following his death, the band canceled all of its upcoming concerts, including two planned shows at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour was scheduled to begin in late April, with the Los Angeles shows planned for Aug. 18 and Aug. 20.
Born Feb. 17, 1972, in Fort Worth, Texas, Hawkins’ family moved in 1976 to Laguna Beach, where Hawkins grew up, graduating from Laguna Beach High School in 1990.
Hawkins played in the Orange County-based band Sylvia before becoming the drummer for Canadian rock singer Sass Jordan. From June 1995 until March 1997, Hawkins was Alanis Morissette’s drummer on the tour supporting her 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” and her 1996 “Can’t Not” Tour.
Hawkins began his association with Foo Fighters in February 1997 when he replaced William Goldsmith as the band’s drummer for its second album, “The Colour and the Shape.”
Following the album’s release, frontman Dave Grohl called Hawkins to seek recommendations for the band’s new drummer. Grohl was under the impression that Hawkins would not leave Morissette’s touring band because she was a bigger act than Foo Fighters at the time.
To Grohl’s surprise, Hawkins volunteered to join the band himself, explaining that he wanted to be a drummer in a rock band rather than for a solo act. The band announced Hawkins would be the new drummer on March 18, 1997.
More information on the tribute concerts can be found at www.foofighters.com/news/taylor-hawkins-tribute-concerts/.