Foo Fighters and Family, Friends Pay Tribute to Taylor Hawkins


A shifting six-hour tribute live performance for late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins on Saturday included a number of touching moments, as vocalist Dave Grohl broke down in tears at one level and Hawkins’ teenage son sat on drums.

‘The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Live performance’, held at Wembley Stadium in London, was broadcast dwell on Paramount Plus, Pluto TV and MTV’s YouTube channels; MTV and CBS additionally aired hour-long specials of the live performance on Saturday.

“Girls and gents, tonight we collect right here to have a good time the life, music and love of our pricey buddy, bandmate, brother Taylor Hawkins,” Grohl stated in a gap speech. “For these of you who knew him personally, you understand that nobody else may make you smile, snort, dance or sing like him. And for these of you who admired him from afar, I I am positive you all felt the identical.

Hawkins died at age 50 on March 25 in Bogotá, Colombia, hours earlier than the rock band was attributable to carry out on the Estéreo Picnic Pageant as a part of their South American tour. He joined the Foo Fighters in 1997 in the course of the group’s tour for “The Shade and The Form” and has contributed to the 15 Grammys the group has received since its inception. The band, identified for songs like “Better of You” and “Be taught To Fly,” have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame final yr.

Grohl, 53, developed a detailed relationship with Hawkins over time they performed collectively, and the previous Nirvana drummer wrote that Hawkins was “a person I’d take a bullet for” in his autobiography revealed on final yr. The Foo Fighters frontman was overcome with emotion as he sang the band’s traditional tune “Occasions Like These” in the course of the tribute live performance. He took a second to wipe the tears from his face as followers cheered.

Oliver Shane Hawkins, the late drummer’s 16-year-old son, took his father’s place to play drums on the “My Hero” tribute live performance. Grohl’s 16-year-old daughter, Purplelined Jeff Buckley’s “Final Goodbye” and “Grace” to honor Hawkins, who she says launched her to Buckley’s album.

The Grohls and Oliver have been complemented by a circle of musical legends who got here to pay their respects to the drummer. Amongst them have been Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian Might, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and producer/musician Nile Rodgers. Various rock band Them Crooked Vultures, which included Grohl, and rock band James Gang each reunited for the gig after greater than a decade aside. And Hawkins’ different bands, Chevy Steel and the Coattail Riders, introduced in pop star Kesha and the Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, who’s unrelated to Taylor Hawkins, to carry out with them in the course of the present.

British DJ Mark Ronson and Blink-182’s Travis Barker have been additionally a part of the star-studded lineup, with comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock making particular appearances.

The Foo Fighters will maintain one other tribute live performance, this time in Los Angeles on September 27.

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