We’re coming up fast on the two Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts planned by the Foo Fighters next month. The first, September 3 at Wembley Stadium in London, is turning into a Live Aid-like global media affair.
Paramount has been signed on to produce everything. The full Wembley show will be available to stream live and on-demand across all of Paramount’s streaming and digital platforms. This includes Paramount+ (but Canada only, for some reason. Boo!), the streaming service; MTV’s YouTube channels; plus CBS will broadcast an hour’s worth of highlights on the main network that same night from 10 to 11 pm. (Talk about some furious editing!)
Already confirmed for guest appearances are Travis Barker, Stewart Copeland of The Police, Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers of The Pretenders, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Nile Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, and Liam Gallagher. Just announced today are Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, and Brian Johnson of AC/DC…
How they’re going to organize all these cats is beyond me. But knowing Foo Fighters management, it’ll be a military-grade operation.
Once London is over, there’s the show in L.A. Joan Jett, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, Miley Cyrus, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, Gene Simmons of KISS, Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, and more will be part of that one. There’s no word on what Paramount or anyone else might do with that show, but you have to think that something is being organized.