Foo Fighters say emotional goodbye to drummer Taylor Hawkins with star-studded tribute gig | Ents & Arts Information


The Foo Fighters have paid an emotional tribute to their late bandmate and “brother” Taylor Hawkins with a “gigantic” gig celebrating his life.

On an emotional night time at Wembley Stadium, Grohl fought again tears and needed to regular himself as he took the mic to sing the primary Foo Fighters track of the gig, Instances Like These; the viewers’s cheers lifting him again up.

Drummers together with Travis Barker, Rufus Taylor, Omar Hakim and younger web sensation Nandi Bushell have been among the many musicians who performed behind the frontman for a few of the band’s largest hits – with Hawkins‘ teenage son, Shane, taking his flip for a poignant My Hero.

And including to an already-star studded invoice was shock addition Paul McCartney, who carried out alongside The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and Grohl – who switched between the drums, guitar and bass all through the night time.

At first of what can be a six-hour gig, Grohl paid tribute to “our expensive buddy, our bandmate, our brother”.

He continued: “For these of you who knew him personally, you realize that nobody else could make you smile, or giggle or dance or sing like he may, and for these of you that admired him from afar, I am positive you’ve got all felt the identical factor.”

The frontman then urged the group to “sing and dance, and giggle and cry and f****** scream and make some f****** noise so he may hear us proper now, as a result of you realize it is gonna be a protracted f****** night time, proper?”

Following the introduction, Liam Gallagher opened the occasion with performances of Oasis hits Rock ‘N’ Roll Star and Stay Without end, with Grohl taking part in the drums behind him.

Supergrass, Rush, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, Nile Rodgers, Josh Homme and Kesha have been among the many different musicians who carried out on the present, with Grohl’s daughter Violet additionally becoming a member of him to sing Jeff Buckley’s Grace, and, afterward, Valerie with Mark Ronson.

The occasion was additionally interspersed with footage of Hawkins and video tributes from stars together with Elton John and Stevie Nicks.

As nightfall fell, Queen’s Brian Might and Roger Taylor – one among Hawkins’ musical heroes – got here on to carry out hits together with We Will Rock You, Underneath Strain and Love Of My Life, one other emotional quantity as Might remembered Freddie Mercury – and advised the group he would have been blissful to share the track within the drummer’s reminiscence.

Hawkins was identified for switching locations with Grohl at a few of the band’s gigs, his renditions of Queen songs all the time a favorite with followers; for this efficiency the Queen stars have been joined by completely different vocalists, together with The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins and Eurovision star Sam Ryder.

The Foo Fighters in London ahead of their tribute gig to late drummer Taylor Hawkins. Pic: Danny Clinch
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The Foo Fighters pictured in London forward of the gig, with out Hawkins for the primary time. Pic: Danny Clinch

“After we first began speaking about placing one thing collectively for Taylor, we sat down and we mentioned even when it is his closest buddies, that is like 100 f****** musicians,” Grohl advised the group throughout the present.

“As a result of Taylor liked to jam and file with anyone and everyone. He liked to play music each day. And there aren’t too many individuals that he is by no means jammed with.

“So this assortment of family and friends and musicians, that is all introduced collectively by him and we’re all related right here in the present day by that one man.

“Bringing musicians which have by no means met, musicians which have by no means performed collectively, multi functional place, at one time, with all of you lovely folks to make f****** noise for Taylor Hawkins.”

Introducing Hawkins’ son afterward, Grohl mentioned: “Let me inform you I do not suppose I’ve ever seen anybody hit the drums as onerous as this particular person, however past that, he is a member of our household.”

Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jason Sudeikis have been additionally among the many acts who took to the stage to inform anecdotes about their relationships with Hawkins and his music.

Hawkins had been with the band for 25 years. Pic: AP
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Hawkins had been with the band for 25 years. Pic: AP

And in his pre-recorded message, Sir Elton John advised the viewers: “He performed on my final album, which I used to be so thrilled about and honoured. So tonight is about remembering him, honouring him, and do not ever neglect him.”

After hits together with Finest Of You, Monkey Wrench, All My Life and The Pretender, the night time ended with Grohl performing a shifting rendition of Everlong.

Hawkins, 50, had been with the remainder of the band within the Colombian capital of Bogota when he died in March forward of a deliberate pageant efficiency.

Talking forward of the gig, the band – Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee and Grohl – mentioned they wished to honour their bandmate by celebrating his expertise.

The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Live shows have been arrange by the band and Hawkins’ spouse, Alison, and one other gig is deliberate to happen in Los Angeles later in September.

Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997, choosing up the sticks behind former Nirvana drummer Grohl, after beforehand touring with Alanis Morissette. He first appeared with the band on tour supporting their second album The Color & The Form earlier than making his recorded debut on 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose.

He went on to play on each subsequent album, and sometimes took over lead vocal duties on songs reminiscent of Chilly Day In The Solar and Sunday Rain.

As a member of Foo Fighters, he was a 15-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame and had a number of solo and aspect tasks. Shortly earlier than his dying, he had starred with the band of their spoof horror film Studio 666.

Funds from tickets and merchandise from the tribute exhibits in his reminiscence will go to the Music Help and MusiCares charities.

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