A performance in honor of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died in March, will feature members of Led Zeppelin and Nirvana.
At London’s Wembley Stadium, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana will join a star-studded lineup already announced by Foo Fighters, which includes Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Liam Gallagher, and Queen’s Brian May.
Mark Ronson, Chrissie Hynde, and Supergrass are among the artists already on the list. Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle, two American comedians, will also perform a special show.
Hawkins toured with Alanis Morissette before joining the Foo Fighters (in 1997), and another memorial event will be held on September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, including performances by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miley Cyrus, and Hawkins.
According to the band, the revenues from the show will be donated to charity that will be publicized at a later date. The shows are also likely to be Foo Fighters’ first since Hawkins died in a hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, in March at the age of 50 while on tour with the band.
Although an official cause of death has yet to be determined, a preliminary toxicology examination revealed that residues of 10 drugs, including opioids, were found in his body.
Hawkins has been a member of the band for almost two decades, headed by ex Nirvana drummer-turned-lead vocalist Dave Grohl. He’d also appeared in the band’s latest film, Studio 666.
Friends of the late rocker, including Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, previously has spoken about his final moments in a Rolling Stone article, but afterward apologized for doing that.
Alison, his wife, issued a message thanking followers for their solidarity. ‘Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he so enjoyed and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created,’ she wrote.