Taylor Hawkins’ family has promised to honor his legacy and his music at upcoming Foo Fighters tribute concerts.
The late “My Hero” drummer tragically passed away at the age of 50 in March and his bandmates – Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee – will play two shows in his memory in September when They will take over Wembley Stadum in London and Forum Kia in Los Angeles.
In a statement, his widow Alison said: “My deepest thanks and admiration go out to the global Foo Fighters community and Taylor fans from afar for the outpouring of love that each of you has shown to our beloved Taylor.
“Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort to my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief.
“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 ‘knock your socks off’ at every performance.”
She added that Taylor was “honoured” to be a part of the band and loved “his dream role” in his 25 years playing with them.
She continued, “We consider each band member and the wider Foo Fighters team to be our family.
“Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he so loved having with other musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created.
“To celebrate 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.”
The tribute concerts were organized by Taylor’s family with his bandmates, and the group revealed that they would team up with artists who inspired and were inspired by the late musician, “playing the songs he fell from lovers and those he brings to life”.
Full programming details will be announced at a later date.