On June 8, the family of the late Taylor Hawkins posted a lengthy statement on social media to thank Foo Fighters fans for showing their love for the late drummer after his death.
On March 25, Hawkins passed away in Columbia. Emergency services had been summoned to his hotel room after he complained of chest pain. However, he was found deceased in his hotel room. A forensic investigation revealed several different types of drugs in his body, including heroin, antidepressants, and morphine, among others, which likely triggered an overdose. However, forensic analysts also discovered that Hawkins’ heart weighed 600 grams – double the weight of an average man’s heart – at the time of his death.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 26, 2022
On Wednesday morning, Taylor Hawkins’ family released a short statement shortly before the Foo Fighters announced a tribute concert on his behalf.
Taylor’s Family Thanks ‘Global Foo Fighters Community’ For Their Support
A Message from The Hawkins Family pic.twitter.com/mOOI9PXtJD
— Taylor Hawkins (@taylorhawkins) June 8, 2022
The family of the late drummer posted a statement on social media on Wednesday morning, written by widow Alison Hawkins.
“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,” she began. “Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort for 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 ‘knocking your socks off’ during every performance,” she continued. “Taylor was honored 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 the collaborations he so enjoyed having with other musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created,” she continued. “In the 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.”
“Thank you all again for your love and sympathy,” she concluded. “Taylor loved all of you & we love you too. With gratitude, Alison Hawkins.”
Shortly after, the Foo Fighters announced a tribute concert to pay tribute to the late drummer who meant so much to the band.
Foo Fighters Announce Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert For September 2022
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) June 8, 2022
Shortly after Taylor Hawkins’ family posted the touching statement to Foo Fighters fans, the band, which had just been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year, announced a series of tribute concerts coming this September.
“For our dear friend, our badass bandmate, our beloved brother…Foo Fighters and The Hawkins family bring you the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts,” they tweeted. The concert will kick off in London’s Webley Stadium on September 3 before concluding in Los Angeles on September 27. Tickets will go on sale in a little over a week on June 17.
A statement on the band’s website reads, “Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with the Hawkins family to celebrate the life, music and love of their husband, father, brother and bandmate with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.”
“As one of the most respected and beloved figures in modern music, Taylor’s monolithic talent and magnetic personality endeared him to millions of fans, peers, friends and fellow musical legends the world over,” they continued. “Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolized.”
They go on to say, “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.”
Line-ups for each show will be announced soon.