Foo Fighters announce 2023 festival stage return
Article by Matthew Nijland
Rock giants Foo Fighters have just announced a series of 2023 festival shows; their first as a band since performing at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute concerts in September 2022.
Fans worldwide have responded with bittersweet excitement after the band announced on Tuesday that they will be headlining this year’s upcoming Boston Calling Music Festival (US), Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival (US), Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (US) and The Town (Brazil).
These will be the Foos’ first standalone shows since the death of their longtime drummer and brother,
Taylor Hawkins. Hawkins tragically passed away suddenly on 25 March 2022 while on tour with the band in Bogotá, Columbia. He was 50 years old.
The band released a statement on 31 December 2022 commemorating their shared pain and love for
their fallen bandmate, and alluded to the band’s continuation, saying, “without Taylor, we’re going to be a different band going forward”.
It remains to be seen who will take up the throne behind the kit for these upcoming shows.
The band hosted two huge, star-studded tribute concerts in honour of Hawkins at Wembley Stadium
and the Kia Forum in September 2022. These shows saw the Foos joined by an incredible line-up of his drummer and musician peers and heroes, including Rush, Queen, Def Leppard, Brian Johnson, Liam
Gallagher, Krist Novoselic, Nandi Bushell, Lars Ulrich, Stewart Copeland and many others.
A very special tribute at these shows saw Hawkins’ own son, Shane, join the Foos behind the kit to
perform their hit song My Hero, which warmed and broke the hearts of millions of fans the world over.
We at Fanbase are thrilled that the band are continuing their incredible legacy and honouring their
bandmate in the process. Rest in peace, Taylor, and thank you for fueling our inspiration and passion for music.
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