Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith says they will celebrate the life of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins at the upcoming New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Sunday (May 1st). Red Hot Chilli Peppers are filling in for Foo Fighters, who cancelled all concerts for the rest of the year after Hawkins' death.
Smith told Billboard, “We’re taking Alison, his wife, with us and it’s going to be a celebration. That’s what she wants. She doesn’t want it to be anything other than, ‘Let’s celebrate music, let’s celebrate our friends, let’s celebrate Taylor. This is what he would want and he would be very happy that you guys are playing and he would want it be nothing but a positive experience.”
He continued, “So we’re going to do all that and she’s going to be part of that and I’m very honored that we can do that with her. … We’re going to play our hearts out.”