Led Zeppelin and Nirvana stars added to star-studded line-up for Taylor Hawkins tribute concert (Getty/AP)
Led Zeppelin and Nirvana stars are set to rock the stage at a concert in memory of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died in March.
Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will join a star-studded line-up previously announced by Foo Fighters, which includes Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Liam Gallagher and Queen’s Brian May at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Already on the billing are the likes of Mark Ronson, Chrissie Hynde and Supergrass.
American comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle will also take to the stage for a special set.
The show will be followed by another tribute concert on September 27 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, with performances from Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miley Cyrus and Alanis Morissette, who Hawkins toured with before joining the Foo Fighters in 1997.
The gig proceeds will go towards charities to be announced at a later date, according to the band.
Hawkins, performing with Foo Fighter at the Fonda Theatre this February, died in Colombia the following month (Picture: Getty Images)
(L-R) Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee, Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear and Taylor Hawkins pose onstage as they reopen Madison Square Garden on June 20, 2021 in New York City (Picture: Getty)
The concerts are also expected to be Foo Fighters’ first since Hawkins died in March at the age of 50 in his hotel room while touring with the band In Bogota, Colombia.
An official cause of death is still pending, but a preliminary toxicology report showed traces of 10 substances in his body, including opioids.
Hawkins had been in the band, fronted by former Nirvana drummer-turned-lead singer Dave Grohl, for more than two decades.
He’d also starred with the band in their recently released film, Studio 666.
Brian May of Queen, pictured with the late rocker in 2006, is one of the big names slated to perform at the upcoming Wembley concert (Picture: FilmMagic)
The star with his daughter Annabelle and wife Alison at the Los Angeles premiere of Studio 666 in February (Picture: FilmMagic)
His wife Alison previously released a statement thanking fans for their support.
‘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.
‘In 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.’
The late rocker’s friends, including Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, recently spoke about his final days in a Rolling Stone interview, but later apologised for doing so.
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