Foo Fighters announce first full show since Taylor Hawkins’ death


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Ten months after the sudden death of drummer Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters announce their first full concert without him. The Dave Grohl-led group will headline the first of the three-night Boston Calling festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Mass. on May 26. March 25.

No further information has been revealed about Hawkins’ replacement behind the kit or what additional live appearances from Foo Fighters are expected to be this year. The significance of today’s announcement was also not mentioned in Boston Calling promotional materials.

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The surviving members of Foo Fighters reunited twice last September to wrap up epic, star-filled tribute concerts to Hawkins in London and Los Angeles. With them, the group was supported by a range of drummer friends, including Rufus Taylor of Queen/the Darkness, Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, Jon Theodore of Queens of the Stone Age, session veteran Josh Freese, Travis Barker of blink-182 and even Hawkins. teenage son Shane.

The Lumineers and Paramore are the other headliners for Boston Calling, which also features King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Alanis Morissette (in her first Boston show in over a decade), making the only East Coat appearance of the year, Queens of the Stone Age, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the National, the Flaming Lips, Bleachers, Maren Morris, the Walkmen reunited and Niall Horan.

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Other up-and-coming acts on the schedule include Fletcher, the Linda Lindas, Genesis Owusu and Joy Oladokun, plus regional artists such as Neemz, Q-Tip Bandits, GA-20, Juice, Alisa Amador and TBEN Green. Tickets go on sale Thursday (Jan. 12) in various configurations through Boston Calling’s website.

Last year’s Boston Calling was headlined by Metallica, the Strokes and Nine Inch Nails, the latter of whom stepped in to replace the Foos. The festival was canceled in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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