Breaking news on the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert scheduled to be held, first in London, then in Los Angeles!
In London, additional performers will include Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, P!nk, Nandi Bushell, Nile Rodgers, Greg Kurstin and LeAnn Rimes.
In Los Angeles Gene Simmons will join new additions, Krist Novoselic, John Paul Jones, P!nk, Greg Kurstin and LeAnn Rimes along with Alain Johannes and Nancy Wilson.
Friend of Hawkins’ Liam Gallagher, Tweeted, “It’s an absolute honour to be invited to kick out the jams for Taylor Hawkins won’t let you down brother.”
Gallagher had dedicated the Oasis classic “Live Forever” to Hawkins during a show in London, while Wolfgang Van Halen with mammoth WVH covered Foo Fighters “My Hero” during a concert in Boston.
Before the song, Van Halen said…”He was a hero to me, a hero to us [pointing to his band], and a hero to countless people, so we feel this is necessary.”
Rush and Queen are two of Hawkins’ favorite bands, both participating in his tribute.
Upon learning of Hawkins’ passing, Brian May shared his frustration over Taylor’s death, wishing he could negotiate with death to bring the musician back. Meanwhile, Queen bandmate Roger Taylor dedicated his Officer of the Order of the British Empire honor to Hawkins, stating what a close family friend he was and commenting on the impact that Hawkins had on his son, drummer Rufus Taylor.
Hawkins inducted Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with fellow presenter Dave Grohl. Geddy Lee spoke of how heartbreaking it was to learn of Hawkins death, adding, “That really broke my heart.” Lee and Alex Lifeson will be part of the tribute show as well.
The London show will take place on September 3rd, while in Los Angeles the date of Sept. 27 has been chosen and will take place at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.
Stay tuned to Metal Insider for updates on more possible shows and guests to be announced!