Foo Fighters announce first gigs since Taylor Hawkins' death

10 January 2023, 16:15 | Updated: 10 January 2023, 21:38

Foo Fighters Dave Grohl in 2022
Foo Fighters have announced their first gig of the year. Picture: Rich Fury/Getty Images

By Jenny Mensah

Dave Grohl and co's will play headline festival sets next year, just over a year on from their beloved drummer's passing.

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Foo Fighters' first gigs since the passing of Taylor Hawkins have been announced.

The Learn To Fly rockers - made up of surviving members Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee - have been mourning the loss of their drummer, who tragically died on 25th March 2022.

Tuesday 10th January 2023 saw the band announce their first ever shows for the year with the band set to headline Boston Calling festival on Friday 26th May 2023.

Also appearing on the line-up at the event are the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Lumineers, Alanis Morissette, Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age.

The band have also since announced headline shows at Sonic Temple art & music festival on Sunday 28th May, which sees them join the bill alongside Deftones, KISS, Tool, Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Queens of the Stone Age and more.

The Foss will also close Bonnaroo Festival on Sunday 18th June, with tickets going on sale from Thursday 12th December CT.

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The news comes after the band announced their decision to continue on as a band.

The Everlong rockers' statement on Instagram began: "As we say goodbye to the most difficult and tragic year that our band has ever known, we are reminded of how thankful we are for the people that we love and cherish most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us."

They continued: "Foo fighters were formed 27 years ago to represent the healing power of music and a continuation of life. And for the past 27 years our fans have built a worldwide community, a devoted support system that has helped us all get through the darkest of times together.

"A place to share our joy and our pain, our hopes and fears, and to join in a chorus of life together through music. Without Taylor, we never would have become the band that we were-and without Taylor, we know that we're going to be a different band going forward. We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you. And we know that when we see you again -and we will soon-he'll be there in spirit with all of us every night."

Foo Fighters played two tribute shows for the late drummer in London's Wembley Stadium and LA's Kia Forum respectively.

The London leg Foo Fighters and the Hawkins Family Present Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert saw an opening performance from Liam Gallagher of Rock N' Roll Star and Live Forever.

The six-hour long gig also saw performances from the likes of Josh Homme, Nile Rodgers and Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen.

Foo Fighters - Times Like These at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

The LA gig was opened by Grohl's daughter Violet, who gave a moving tribute of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. It also included performances from Queen, Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, P!nk, Miley Cyrus, Wolf Van Halen, Them Crooked Vultures, Def Leppard and Joan Jett.

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