Alison Hawkins, the wife of late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, has spoken out for the first time since her husband's shock death to thank fans and reveal that his band will be playing two tribute concerts to celebrate his life.
Alison, who married the drummer in 2005 and with whom she has three children, issued her statement on Instagram today, nearly three months after Taylor’s death on March 25 at the age of 50.
He died in Bogotá, Colombia shortly before a scheduled music festival performance after complaining of chest pains in his hotel. An investigation into his cause of death is ongoing.
"My deepest thanks and admiration go out to the global Foo Fighters community and Taylor's fans far and wide for the outpouring of love each and every one of you have shown our beloved Taylor," she wrote.
A Message from The Hawkins Family pic.twitter.com/mOOI9PXtJD— Taylor Hawkins (@taylorhawkins) June 8, 2022
"Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort my family and me during this time of unimaginable grief."
She added that Foo Fighters’ fans has played an important role in her late husband’s life.
"As Taylor's wife, and on behalf of our children, I want to share how much you meant to him and how dedicated he was to 'knocking your socks off' during every performance," she said.
"Taylor was honored to be a part of the Foo Fighters and valued his dream role in the band every minute of his 25 years with them. We considered every band member and the extended Foo Fighters team our family.
"Taylor's endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he so enjoyed having with other musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created."
She concluded by saying, "In celebration of his life, it is now up to all of us who loved him most to honor Taylor's legacy and the music he gave us.
"Thank you all again for your love and sympathy. Taylor loved all of you & we love you too."
The Hawkins family have also announced that tribute concerts for Taylor will take place later this year at London's Wembley Stadium on September 3 and The Kia Forum in Los Angeles on September 27, with tickets on sale from June 17.
"Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with the Hawkins family to celebrate the life, music and love of their husband, father, brother and bandmate with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts," a press release said.
The remaining members of Foo Fighters will join other musicians loved by Hawkins to play "the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life."