On Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London, the Foo Fighters held their first concert since the death of the band’s drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. There were dozens of musicians joining the legendary American rock band in the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert. The music show was full of emotion that caused Dave Grohl to break into tears. The passionate concert climaxed when Hawkins’ son played the drums on an iconic Foo Fighters song.
The all-star concert featured esteemed musicians from The Beatles, Metallica, AC/DC, Queen, The Police, and Rush. The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert began with Grohl playing drums and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher on vocals. After they played the Oasis song “Ronk N’ Roll Star,” Grohl honored Hawkins with a speech.
Tonight we’ve gathered here to celebrate the life, the music, and the love of our dear friend, our bandmate, our brother Taylor Hawkins. For those of you who knew him personally, you knew that nobody else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could. For those of you who admired him from afar, I’m sure you’ve all felt the same thing. So tonight we’ve gathered with family and his closest friends, his musical heroes and greatest inspirations to bring you a gigantic f***ing night for a gigantic f***ing person. So sing and dance and laugh and cry and f***ing scream and make some f***ing noise so he can hear us right now. Cause you know what? It’s going to be a long f***ing night, right?
Grohl became emotional while singing the Foo Fighters classic song “Times Like These.” The Foo Fighters frontman was forced to pause the performance as he attempted to choke back tears and regain composure to finish the song.
Another sentimental moment happened later in the show when Hawkins’ 16-year-old son joined the Foo Fighters. Shane Hawkins took over for his deceased dad and played the drums on the song “My Hero.”
Taylor Hawkins, 50, died on March 25 in Bogotá, Colombia. Hawkins reportedly had 10 different substances in his system at the time of his death, including marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants, and benzodiazepines.
A second Taylor Hawkins Tribute concert will be held at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles on Sept. 27.
Foo Fighters – Everlong (Dave Grohl solo) – Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert (09/03/22)
Foo Fighters: Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert