The Foo Fighters have announced their first tour of Australia and New Zealand since 2018 and the tragic death of the band’s beloved drummer, Taylor Hawkins.
The rockers will travel Down Under in November and December 2023 before heading to Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington in January 2024.
The band will begin their Australian stadium shows in Perth on November 29th before traveling to Adelaide on December 2nd, Melbourne on December 4th, Sydney on December 9th and Brisbane on December 12th.
It comes after the release of the band’s album But Here We Are, which saw frontman Dave Grohl singing about his sadness at the loss of his best friend Hawkins.
Hawkins died suddenly in his hotel room last year at the age of 50, just hours before the Foo Fighters were due to perform at a festival in Colombia.
The Foo Fighters have announced their first tour of Australia and New Zealand since 2018 and the tragic death of the band’s beloved drummer, Taylor Hawkins. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins pictured March 20, 2022 in Santiago, Chile
Ticket sales for all shows begin Thursday, June 15, while American Express presales begin Friday, June 9.
It comes after the band took the time to think about her late drummer during her performance at the Boston Calling Music Festival last week.
Not only did they honor him with a performance of Cold Day In The Sun, a song Hawkins sang before his tragic death in March 2022, but they also raised his 17-year-old son, Shane, to play drums on the Foo Fighters classic.
Foo Fighters tour dates in Australia/New Zealand
November 11th: Perth HBP Park with special guests The Chats / Teenager Joans
2. December: Adeladie Coopers Stadium with special guests The Chats/Body Type
December 4: Melbourne AAMI Park with special guests Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers/Hot Milk
9th of December: Sydney Accor Park with special guests The Chats/Hot Milk
12th of December: Brisbane Suncorp Stadium with special guests The Chats/Hot Milk
January 20: Auckland Go Media Stadium
January 24: Christchurch Orange Theory Stadium
January 27: Wellington Sky Stadium
After the performance, the audience went wild, especially when the big monitors showed the teenager getting ready to rock behind the drums.
In an unscripted moment, frontman Dave Grohl walked up to Shane, they exchanged a few words, then he flashed a big smile, started laughing and walked to the microphone in the middle of the stage.
With his guitar slung over his shoulder, ready to dig into the next song on the setlist, the 54-year-old Grohl confessed, “He just said to me, hey, say something, I need to fix the snare.” [drum].’
After the band and audience laughed out loud, the “Times Like These” star showed off his talent for comedy to buy time by shedding some of the clichés band frontmen had used over the years.
“Well anyway… ahhhhh yes. “Hello Boston,” the ex-Nirvana drummer said with a jocular undertone that caused a stir among the audience.
“How’s it going over there?” he asked Shane, adding, “A moment ago I was in my dressing room and I heard how this audience was absolutely crazy for someone.” And I was like, “Who the hell is playing there?”
After some more small talk about missing The National’s performance earlier in the festival, Grohl strummed his guitar a few times and turned back to the teenager, “How are you over there, Shane?”
It comes after the release of the band’s album But Here We Are, which features frontman Dave Grohl singing about his sadness at the loss of his best friend Hawkins (far right). The band is pictured in June 2021
While the other four members of the band patiently stood on stage during an intermission, the singer and guitarist once again slightly touched on a chord and once again addressed his guest musician.
“Oh my god, there’s a curfew, Shane,” he said in a joking tone. ‘What do we do?’
After getting a cue from Shane that he was ready to play, Grohl began finalizing the title of the next song: “This is an old song from our first record and when we play it…” but became the bandleader deleted begins mid-sentence with Shane’s rousing snare lick into the band’s song “I’ll Stick Around”.
Taylor Hawkins is survived by his wife Alison Hawkins and their three children – Shane and his sisters Annabelle and Everleigh – after his death at the age of 50 in March 2022.
The drummer and percussionist fell unconscious in his hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia just hours before their scheduled concert and died soon after.
RIP: Taylor Hawkins was 50 when he died in his hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia, just hours before her scheduled concert
New drummer: The Foo Fighters just announced Josh Freese to replace Taylor Hawkins on drums in a hilarious video released on May 21st
A cause of death was not released, but a preliminary toxicology report said he died with ten substances in his system, including marijuana, benzodiazepines and opioids Us weekly.
After his death, the Foo Fighters canceled their tour and went on hiatus before returning to the stage last September to pay a star-studded tribute to the late drummer. In one of the more touching and emotional moments, Shane got to play My Hero with his father’s friends and bandmates.
The Foo Fighters just announced Josh Freese to replace Taylor Hawkins on drums in a hilarious video released on May 21st.
And then, just days later, the band embarked on their tour, which precedes the June 2nd release of their 11th studio album, But Here We Are.