Foo Fighters Announce Two Big Name Drummers

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Foo Fighters will be joined by a variety of guests at their September 27th Wembley Stadium Taylor Hawkins tribute concert, with Stewart Copeland and Roger Taylor being the first drummers known to be playing with the band.

Performers will include Dave Chappelle, Liam Gallagher, Josh Homme, Chrissie Hynde, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Supergrass, Mark Ronson, Jane’s Addiction’s Chris Chaney, the Police’s Stewart Copeland, Omar Hakim, Rufus Taylor (a Queen touring member), Wolfgang Van Halen, and the Taylor Hawkins cover band Chevy Metal.

Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan was recently interviewed by Stage Right Secrets conducted at the “Pistol” premiere, presented by Vanity Fair and FX, at The Metrograph on May 18 in New York City. “Pistol” is a six-episode limited series about the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, will premiere May 31 exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney+ in U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Duff McKagan talks about his influence

The legendary bassist reflected on the influence on his musical development and he believes that The Pistols helped other bands like Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails to emerge in the punk scene.

Here is what he said:

“I was in the punk scene coming up. It was a time when it was all about individuals and individuality and being a freak or whatever, an outsider, and there was a little scene for you. There was a little gig down the street somewhere or downtown that you could go to and it was all ages. Then some international bands started to come through — The Clash came through in ’79, and there was like a hundred people there. 999 came and The Jam came and The Specials came and The Police came. And then U.S. bands started… Of course we saw the Ramones— everybody saw the Ramones. You can’t say The Sex Pistols, really, without saying the Ramones. It’s the first two; it’s the genesis of the whole thing.

“The punk scene back then and what The Pistols helped generate was such a truly special thing,” Duff opined. “There wouldn’t be a Guns N’ Roses, there wouldn’t be Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana… You can just keep going on. Foo Fighters… There wouldn’t have been any of that without [the early punk scene].”