Brian Johnson has stated that he is “honoured” to perform at the upcoming Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show, describing the late drummer as a “lovely man”.
Taylor Hawkins died tragically earlier this year in Bogotó, Columbia, while Foo Fighters were touring South America back in March. He was 50 years old.
This month will see two shows taking place in London and Los Angeles in Hawkins’ honour, and AC/DC have been added to the star studded line up, which features the likes of Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Liam Gallagher, Alanis Morrisette, Queen and Miley Cyrus. More on this here.
“salute this man”
Speaking about their upcoming performance at these shows, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson released this statement.
“Okay here we go”, he said.
“Taylor was a lovely man, his smile was legend, his drumming intense and brilliant, and he could sing as well. When we gather to salute this man and his family, we do it as friends, we do it for him, and we do it with his band the Foo Fighters, who I know will do him proud. I’m honored to be part of it”.
AC/DC will take to the stage at London’s Wembley Stadium on September 3.
This concert will also be streamed live on Paramount Plus. It will be available to view across Paramount’s digital platforms.
Tickets and merchandise sold at these show will also go towards the charities picked by Hawkins’ family, Music Support and MusiCares.
“As one of the most respected and beloved figures in modern music, Taylor’s monolithic talent and magnetic personality endeared him to millions of fans, peers, friends and fellow musical legends the world over. Millions mourned his untimely passing on March 25, with passionate and sincere tributes coming from fans as well as musicians Taylor idolised”, a statement read.
“The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts will unite several of those artists, the Hawkins family and of course his Foo Fighters brothers in celebration of Taylor’s memory and his legacy as a global rock icon—his bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life”.
The LA concert which takes place on Septembner 27, will see Hawkins’ bandmate Dave Grohl, Geezer Butler, Travis Barker and Sebastian Bach perform.