Foo Fighters pay tribute to drummer Taylor Hawkins at emotional London concert

Hawkins, 50, dies Bogotá march, Columbia, just hours before the Foo Fighters hit the stage at Festival Estereo Picnic. The band immediately canceled the remaining tour dates.

Saturday’s concert was the first time the band had performed together since Hawkins’ death.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl tearfully told the crowd at London’s Wembley Stadium, according to the UK’s PA Media News Agency: “Taylor will jam and record with anyone and everyone. He liked to play music every day.Many people he had never jammed with.So this collection of friends, family and musicians, all put together by him, we is connected here today by that one man.

The theme of family was a constant presence throughout the show. 16-year-old Oliver Shane Hawkins joined her father’s band for a powerful performance of her Fighters song “My Hero”.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have another drummer to play with us,” said Grohl, as he welcomed Hawkins’ son to the stage. I don’t think so, but more than that, he’s part of our family, he needs to be here with all of us tonight, he’ll come and be with us tonight I think it makes sense to play.”

Hawkins was honored by some of the biggest names in music, including Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May, Rush, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and Nile Rodgers. Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, pop star Kesha, Eurovision sensation Sam Ryder and The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins also joined the celebration.

In a pre-recorded message, Elton John called Hawkins an “incredible drummer” and recalled that “I was so excited and honored to have played on my last album.” I was.

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“Tonight is to remember him, honor him and never forget him,” John added, according to the PA.

Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jason Sudeikis also took the stage to share anecdotes about Hawkins’ relationship with music.

Saturday’s concert was the first of two celebratory events honoring Hawkins.a second tribute concert It will be held in Los Angeles on September 27th. Funds from the event will go to Music Support and her MusiCares charity, both of which are chosen by the Hawkins family.

Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997, first joining the band on tour in support of their sophomore album, The Color and the Shape.

CNN’s Chloe Melas contributed to this article.


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