Foo Fighters Announce First Non-Tribute Gig After Taylor Hawkins Death

Foo Fighters Boston Calling headliners 2023
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Foo Fighters Boston Calling headliners 2023
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The Foo Fighters will headline the Boston Calling music festival as their first non-tribute gig following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Also headlining the annual three-day music festival are Paramore and the Lumineers. The Boston Calling festival happens Memorial Day Weekend on May 26-28. The Foo Fighters will headline the first night of the festival, followed by the Lumineers on May 27 and Paramore on the final day of the festival. 

Following a series of tribute concerts last year to celebrate the life of Taylor Hawkins, this marks the band’s first appearance without him. Hawkins passed away unexpectedly in March 2022 while on tour in Colombia. On New Year’s Eve, frontman Dave Grohl wrote to fans letting them know the band would continue on without Hawkins, but keep his spirit alive. 

“We know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he meant to you. And we know that when we see you again–and we will soon–he’ll be there in spirit with all of us every night,” the statement reads. So who will be drumming for the Foo Fighters now? So far it’s unclear. During the tribute concert for Hawkins, his young son joined the band to drum in his father’s place. 

Tickets for the Boston Calling music festival go on sale on January 12 at 10 am EST. There are special prices for 3-day tickets for General Admission and VIP as well as single-day passes. There’s even a two-pack that offers mild savings on three-day passes. 

Boston Calling 2023 Lineup

May 26

  • Foo Fighters
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • The National
  • Niall Horan
  • Chelsea Cutler
  • Teddy Swims
  • LÉON
  • TALK
  • Celisse
  • The Beaches
  • Zolita
  • GA-20
  • Alisa Amador
  • Little Fuss
  • Blue Light Bandits
  • Summer Cult
  • Brandie Blaze

May 27

  • The Lumineers
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Noah Kahan
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Mt. Joy
  • Fletcher
  • Declan McKenna
  • Joy Oladokun
  • The Aces
  • Loveless
  • Weshley Arms
  • Neemz
  • Q-Tip Bandits
  • Najee Janey
  • Actor Observer
  • Coral Moons
  • Chrysalis

May 28

  • Paramore
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Bleachers
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
  • Maren Morris
  • 070 Shake
  • The Walkmen
  • The Linda Lindas
  • Wunderhorse
  • Genesis Owusu
  • Brutus
  • Juice
  • Mint Green
  • Couch
  • Ali McGuirk
  • Sorry Mom
  • Workman Song