What Are Foo Fighters Planning for the LA Taylor Hawkins Concert?

Foo Fighters pulled off an incredible feat on Sept. 3, delivering an event for the ages at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in London that honored their late drummer.

Now, the band – and, more specifically, its leader Dave Grohl – face an even bigger challenge: finding a way to meet or exceed London’s triumph at the second event on Sept. 27 at Los Angeles’ Forum.

The concert is set to be another star-studded affair, with a mix of new famous faces, along with returning artists from the Wembley Stadium gig.

Here’s a look at what we know about the second Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert, along with a few questions we can’t wait to get answered.

Who’s In

There’s a decidedly Stadium Tour tone to the new acts performing in L.A. With the successful summer trek having now come to a close, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Joan Jett all agreed to perform at the second Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert. Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach is another new addition, as are Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler and Kiss’ Gene Simmons. There will be a stronger female presence at the L.A. show, with Alanis Morissette, Miley Cyrus, Leann Rimes, Pink and Heart’s Nancy Wilson in the lineup. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk and Weezer’s Patrick Wilson are among the drummers ready to jump behind the kit.

Who’s Out

The London show opened with a rousing performance by Liam Gallagher, but the Oasis singer will not appear at the Los Angeles event. Likewise, Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers of the Pretenders will be absent in L.A. Brian Johnson, who delivered a set of AC/DC classics at Wembley Stadium, won’t perform either. Still, perhaps the biggest hole will be felt by the absence of Justin Hawkins. The Darkness singer was a jack-of-all-trades at the first event, performing with the Coattail Riders, Wolfgang Van Halen and Johnson in a memorable – if awkward – duet. Supergrass, Kesha, Nile Rodgers and Nandi Bushell are among the other London performers who will not participate in the L.A. show.

Who’s Coming Back

In addition to Foo Fighters, there will be a handful of holdovers from the London event. Among them were Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, as well as Brian May and Roger Taylor (Rush and Queen  were two of Hawkins’ biggest influences). The reunited James Gang will make a second performance in L.A., and since Josh Homme and John Paul Jones are once again on the bill, it’s safe to assume there will be another Them Crooked Vultures set. Stewart Copeland, Travis Barker, Chris Chaney, Chevy Metal, Josh Freese, Omar Hakim, Shane Hawkins, Greg Kurstin, Mark Ronson, Luke Spiller, Rufus Taylor, Lars Ulrich and Wolfgang Van Halen round out the list of returning artists.


(Ultimate Classic Rock)