Rock band Foo Fighters have released the final tickets to a show they have planned at London’s Wembley Stadium in tribute to their late drummer, Taylor Hawkins.
The UK performance, which the band announced via their official Instagram page on in June, is one of two concerts the band will play in memory of their bandmate - with the other being in the US.
The gigs, which take place in September, will mark the band’s first live shows since Hawkins died in March.
Performers include Justin Hawkins, Shane Hawkins, Josh Freese, Martin Chambers and Travis Barker and James Gang.
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will benefit charities in both the UK and the US chosen by the Hawkins family.
So, where and when will these shows take place, who will perform, can you get tickets to the shows and which charities will benefit?
Here’s what you need to know.
When and where will the Foo Fighters’ tribute shows be?
One of the Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts, which have been organised by the band and Hawkins family, will be in the UK and the other in America.
The first will take place at Wembley Stadium in London on 3 September, while the second will be held at the Forum in Los Angeles on September 27.
Who will perform in the shows?
The line-ups for the shows were announced by the band on Wednesday 17 August.
Foo Fighters have confirmed that in London, attendees will be treated to performances by Travis Barker (Blink-182), Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), Josh Freese, Violet Grohl, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), Shane Hawkins, James Gang, Brian Johnson (AC/DC), Kesha, Luke Spiller (The Struts) and Lars Ulrich (Metallica) joining the lineup that already featured Nandi Bushell, Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction / NHC), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Liam Gallagher, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Alain Johannes, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Geddy Lee (Rush), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Brian May (Queen), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Nile Rodgers (Chic), Mark Ronson, Supergrass, Roger Taylor (Queen), Rufus Taylor (The Darkness), Wolfgang Van Halen (Mammoth WVH), Chevy Metal, with special appearances by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock.
In Los Angeles, there will be to special appearances by Sebastian Bach, Travis Barker, Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Josh Freese, Violet Grohl, Shane Hawkins, James Gang, Mark King (Level 42) and Lars Ulrich (Metallica) have been added to a lineup that includes Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction / NHC), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Miley Cyrus, Omar Hakim, Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Joan Jett, Alain Johannes, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Geddy Lee (Rush), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Brian May (Queen), Alanis Morissette, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), P!NK, LeAnn Rimes, Mark Ronson, Gene Simmons (KISS), Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Luke Spiller (The Struts), Roger Taylor (Queen), Rufus Taylor (The Darkness), Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age), Wolfgang Van Halen (Mammoth WVH), Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Patrick Wilson (Weezer) and a special appearance by Chevy Metal.
You can sign up to receive more information about the shows on the Foo Fighters website.
Which charities will benefit?
The proceeds from the show will go to Music Support and MusiCares, Foo Fighters announced on Wednesday 17 August.
Music Support is a registered UK charity that helps those who work in music and live events affected by mental ill-health or addiction.
MusiCares helps the humans behind the music by offering preventive, emergency, and recovery programs to provide a safety net supporting the health and welfare of the music community.
Can I get tickets to the UK show?
The extra tickets which have been released to the UK show are available to buy on the Foo Fighters’ website and also via Ticketmaster.
When the original tickets initially went on sale they sold out within minutes, so it’s expected that the new tickets will also sell out very quickly.
You can, however, check verified ticket re-sale website Fanpass to see if anyone is selling tickets they can no longer use.
How can I watch the shows in the UK?
If you don’t have a ticket to the show you can still watch them from the comfort of your own home.
You can watch on Pluto TV and also on MTV Youtube channels.
What have Foo Fighters said about the shows?
Foo Fighters’ members Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee said in a statement that the shows will unite several artists who Taylor ‘idolised’.
“Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolised.
“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.”
What has Taylor Hawkins’ family said about the shows?
When they announced the shows, Foo Fighters also shared a statement from Hawkins’ widow Alison.
She said: “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.
“Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort for my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief.
“Taylor was honoured to be a 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.
“Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through collaborations he so enjoyed having with other musicians and the catalogue of songs he contributed to and created.
“In celebration of his life, it is now up to all of us who loved him most to honour Taylor’s legacy and the music he gave us.”
Who was Taylor Hawkins and what happened to him?
Taylor Hawkins joined American rock band Foo Fighters in 1997, first appearing with the band on the tour supporting sophomore album The Colour and the Shape.
He made his recorded debut with Foo Fighters with 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose, playing on every subsequent Foo Fighters album.
As a member of Foo Fighters, Taylor was a 15-time Grammy Award winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Hawkins died March 25 at the age of 50 while the Foo Fighters were on tour in South America. The official cause of death is still unknown.
Did Foo Fighters still go on tour?
The band confirmed via social media in March that their upcoming tour dates were cancelled in light of Hawkins’ death.
In a statement, they said: “It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins.
“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned.
“Instead, let’s take the time to grieve, heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we have made together.”
Foo Fighters were due to kick off a UK 2022 tour at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on 25 June.
From there, they were scheduled to stop off for a gig at Villa Park in Birmingham on 27 June, before continuing south towards London, where they would take to the stage at the London Stadium for two nights - 30 June and 2 July - to conclude the UK tour.