Live streaming of the all-star tribute is being done from Wembley Stadium in London.
Today (September 3) in London’s Wembley Stadium, the Foo Fighters will perform an all-star tribute performance in memory of their late drummer Taylor Hawkins. At 11:30 a.m. EST, the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert began. It is being broadcast live on television and online. The event will be streamed live by Paramount via MTV’s YouTube channels, Pluto TV internationally, and Paramount+ in the United States. Beginning September 3, the concert will also be accessible on demand via Paramount+. Starting the week of September 5, streaming options will be available on Pluto TV and MTV on-demand.
Liam Gallagher sang lead on the Foo Fighters’ cover of Oasis’ “Rock ‘N’ Roll Star,” which featured Dave Grohl on drums. Grohl delivered a speech in Hawkins’ honour before that. Foo Fighters made a number of well-known performers, many of whom were Hawkins’ partners or friends, known in advance of the show. Taylor’s son Shane Hawkins, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of RUSH, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, and Stewart Copeland of the Police are all scheduled to perform.
The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert will also feature Liam Gallagher, Joshua Homme, Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Nile Rodgers, Travis Barker, Kesha, Dave Chappelle, Josh Freese, members of Hawkins’ cover band Chevy Metal, and Violet Grohl, the daughter of Dave Grohl.
The Hawkins family selected Music Support and MusiCares as the recipients of a portion of the concert’s proceeds. A second memorial performance will take place the day after the London event, on September 27, at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.
Hawkins passed away in March while performing in Bogotá, Colombia, with the Foo Fighters. His actual cause of death is still unknown. He was fifty years of age. Hawkins’ pals Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers talked about his final hours in the days after his death. Later, both pals expressed regret for the remarks they provided in an interview.