“The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert” will pay tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer and will stream live on Paramount+ in the United States and globally on Youtube on Friday, September 3, President and CEO Bob Bakish announced Wednesday. from Paramount.
The concert will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, with performances from the Foo Fighters, Hawkins’ son Shane, drumming prodigy Nandi Bushell and a who’s who of rock ‘n’ roll drummers including Travis Barker of Blink-182, Stewart Copeland of Police fame and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.
“Music is a powerful connector, and we’re honored to commemorate Taylor Hawkins’ lasting legacy by bringing together Paramount’s portfolio of brands and assets to build even deeper connections with her global fanbase,” said Bakish in a statement shared with TheWrap.
“Taylor was not just an incredible drummer and musician, but truly one of the most passionate music superfans the world has seen. His infectious energy and unique talent will live on through his vast body of work,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent and Programming & Events at Paramount and Director of Music Content at Paramount+. “Along with the Foo Fighters and the Hawkins family, we look forward to leveraging the Paramount’s global scale to reflect Taylor’s global impact through this special tribute concert for audiences around the world.”
The full Wembley Stadium show will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount’s streaming and digital platforms nationwide and on MTV-branded YouTube channels globally.
Special editions of the concert will air during prime time: CBS will air highlights from the tribute concert on September 3 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT. MTV will also air the one-hour special on its channels around the world starting in Latin America on Saturday, September 3 and other international territories on Sunday, September 4, followed by a two-hour long compilation that will be broadcast worldwide. Paramount+ Premium subscribers will also have access to the simulcast stream via their local CBS affiliate’s live stream on the service.
Other artists announced include Martin Chambers, Chris Chaney, Chevy Metal, Josh Freese, Liam Gallagher, James Gang, Violet Grohl, Omar Hakim, Justin Hawkins, Joshua Homme, Chrissie Hynde, Alain Johannes, Brian Johnson, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, KESHA, Greg Kurstin, Geddy Lee of Rush, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Luke Spiller, Supergrass, Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor and Wolfgang Van Halen.
Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock will make an appearance along with other expected surprise guests.
The concert will be conducted by Joel Gallen and produced by Emer Patten for EP-PIC Films & Creative.
Hawkins died March 25 at the age of 50 after being found unconscious in his hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia, where the Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform.