The Foo Fighters have announced their return to the stage and are planning two special tribute concerts later this year to honor the life of their former drummer, Taylor Hawkins.
“To our dear friend, our bada bandmate, our beloved brother…Foo Fighters and the Hawkins family bring you the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts,” the band announced on its Instagram account on Wednesday.
The other band members will appear at Wembley Stadium in London on September 3 and at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.
Hawkins died unexpectedly in March while touring with the band in Bogotá, Colombia. He was then 50 years old.
The band was supposed to play Festival Estéreo Picnic that day, but canceled the rest of their tour.
An official cause of death is still pending, but a preliminary autopsy shortly after his death found that his heart was enlarged to 600 grams, twice the size of a man his height and age.
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Coinciding with news of upcoming concerts, Hawkins’ wife Alison has released a statement on her late husband’s Instagram account for the first time since his death.
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“As Taylor’s wife, and on behalf of our children, I want to share how much you meant to him and how committed he was to blowing your socks off at every performance,” she wrote to Hawkins fans.
“Taylor was honored to be part of the Foo Fighters and valued his dream role in the band every minute of his 25 years with them. We consider every band member and the extended Foo Fighters team our family.”
Hawkins joined the Dave Grohl-led group in 1997 after original drummer William Goldsmith left, making him one of the longest-serving members of the 28-year-old band.
Since then, he has played on each of the eight Foo Fighters albums, featuring vocals and other instruments in addition to drums. He also co-wrote some songs.
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