With the other Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert set to take place tonight (September 27) in Los Angeles, and the question remains as to what will become of Foo Fighters after the performances in honor of Hawkins took place. Although no definitive statement has been made on this subject, during a recent chat with The sting with Justin Jay (heard. below), guitarist Chris Shiflett hinting at a possible recording future for the group.
During the chat, Shiflett was asked about how he has been approached by other interviewers Death of Hawkins, which took place back on March 25 this year. “Most people I’ve met have been respectful about it or tried to avoid it,” the guitarist said.
“That will be enough [more of a thing] when we ever get around to putting out another Foo Fighters record and going back to promo boogie woogie,” he then added, hinting at a possible recording future, but he doesn’t divulge any details.
Shiflett then went on to discuss the touchy subject of addressing band members’ deaths with their living bandmates and walking the line respectfully.
“I remember when I joined the Foo Fighters it was 1999, so it was a while after Kurt Cobain had died, but I saw interviewers squirming and trying to ask. Dave [Grohl] about it, but don’t ask. I would think it would turn into that kind of thing,” he added, commenting that it has given him a new perspective on what he thought he knew about the deaths of rock icons like Jim Morrison or Randy Rhoads.
That said, he adds that there have been some border crossings in what he has seen reported. “Taylor was this great character and he meant a lot to millions of people, so I’m fascinated by him [his death] but so much of what I’ve seen out there is so completely wrong,” Shiflett said. “There are people out there saying things like Dave killed Taylor by getting him to get the COVID vaccine. You want to make it that? Fuck you. I try not to pay attention to it, but it makes you angry , because that shit is just disrespectful.”
When it comes to respect, you’ll see it sparingly this evening as some of the best names in the music business come out to pay their respects to Taylor Hawkins’ larger than life personality and incredible talent. That final arrangement for the Los Angeles date at the Kia Forum was released over the weekend and includes (in alphabetical order): Sebastian Bach, Travis Barker, Tommy Brenneck, Geezer Butler, Matt Cameron, Danny Carey, Chris Chaney, Chevy Metal, Phil Collen, Stewart Copeland, Miley Cyrus, Jon “Juano” Davison, Elliot Easton, Joe Elliot, Josh, Freese, Violet Grohl, Omar Hakim, Justin Hawkins, Shane Hawkins, Josh Homme, James Gang, Joan Jett, Alain Johannes, John Paul Jones, Kesha , Mark King, Greg Kurstin, Geddy Lee, Tommy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Brian May, Taylor Momsen, Alanis Morissette, Krist Novoselic, P!nk, Mark Ronson, Rick Savage, Nikki Sixx, Chad Smith, Luke Spiller, Roger Taylor , Rufus Taylor, Kim Thayil, Jon Theodore, Lars Ulrich, Wolfgang Van Halen, Brad Wilk, Nancy Wilson, Patrick Wilson, Nate Wood and Andrew Wyatt.
The show follows Hawkins’ previous tribute at London’s Wembley Stadium, the venue where the Foo Fighters had previously recorded one of their most famous concert video releases. That show was streamed globally and later condensed into an hour-long special on CBS. Tonight’s show, like its predecessor, will raise funds for Music Support UK. as well as MusiCares.
Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett appears on The sting with Justin Jay
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