Insiders tell me Pearl Jam rocker Matt Cameron, a close friend of Taylor’s, is lined up for the gigs, as is Angels & Airwaves drummer Atom Willard.A source said: “The Foos have been working with a number of musicians close to Taylor and the band over the past few months. “Matt and Atom are front runners to drum at the gigs, the first of which is in May.“Primarily it will be Matt but Atom will be on rotation with him. They have both been rehearsing at Studio 606, the Foos’ studio.
“Matt was a great friend of Taylor’s and is very close with the Foos’ frontman Dave Grohl.“The final arrangements are being put in place but it’s looking very likely that Matt will be playing those gigs across the US in summer.”After Taylor died last March from a “cardiovascular collapse” while the band were in Colombia, the group put on two major charity gigs.
At the London event at Wembley Stadium last September, the Foos played with such stars as Sir Paul McCartney, Roger Taylor and Brian May.
Dave told the crowd: “Taylor loved to jam with anybody and everybody, so this collection of friends and family and musicians is brought together by him and we’re all connected here today by that one guy.”The gig also saw a reunion of supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, made up of Dave, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones.As a big fan of the Foos I am so pleased to see them preparing to return to live music.