Foo Fighters pay tribute to drummer Taylor Hawkins at emotional London live performance


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CNN
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A star-studded line-up, together with Paul McCartney and Liam Gallagher, joined the Foo Fighters for an emotional tribute to the band’s drummer Taylor Hawkins at a live performance in London on Saturday night time.

Hawkins, 50, died in March in Bogotá, Colombia, hours earlier than the Foo Fighters have been set to take the stage on the Competition Estereo Picnic. The band instantly canceled its remaining tour dates.

Saturday’s live performance was the primary time the band had carried out collectively since Hawkins’ demise.

Based on the UK’s PA Media information company, a tearful Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl instructed the gang at London’s Wembley Stadium: “Taylor loved to jam and record with anybody and everybody. He loved to play music every day. And there aren’t too many people that he’s never jammed with. So this collection of friends and family and musicians, this is all brought together by him and we’re all connected here today by that one guy.”

The theme of household was ever-present all through the present. Sixteen-year-old Oliver Shane Hawkins joined his father’s band for a strong rendition of Foo Fighters track “My Hero.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have one more drummer that’s going to come up and play with us,” Grohl stated as he welcomed Hawkins’ son to the stage. “And let me tell you I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone hit the drums as hard as this person, but beyond that, he’s a member of our family. And he needs to be here tonight with all of us, and I think it makes sense that he’s going to come up and play with us tonight.”

Grohl appeared visibly emotional at the gig as he honored the life of his longtime bandmate and friend.

A few of music’s largest names turned out to honor Hawkins together with Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian Could, Rush, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and Nile Rodgers. The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, pop star Kesha, Eurovision sensation Sam Ryder and The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins additionally joined the celebration.

In a pre-recorded message, Elton John referred to as Hawkins “an incredible drummer” and recalled him “playing on my last album, which I was so thrilled about and honored.”

“Tonight is about remembering him, honoring him and don’t ever forget him,” John added, in line with PA.

Comedians Dave Chappelle and Jason Sudeikis additionally took to the stage to inform anecdotes about their relationship to Hawkins’ music.

Concertgoers described the “incredible” ambiance on the gig, telling CNN, everybody was there to honor Hawkins and “it couldn’t have been better.”

“With it being the first gig since he passed, it was really emotional, really raw,” stated Carolina Madeira. “Dave [Grohl] almost broke down, and the atmosphere was just unbelievable, people were cheering him, trying to help him keep singing. I was crying like a baby… everyone was breaking down in tears.”

The 35-year-old stated she didn’t know the place Hawkins’ son acquired the power to carry out, including: “He was so good at the drums, and you can see the connection with the band was real, you can see the energy from him. It’s a tough thing to do, especially at 16, he was incredible.”

Grohl and McCartney perform at the first of two tribute concerts for Hawkins.

The star-studded line-up included Queen guitarist Brian May.

Saturday’s live performance was the primary of two celebratory occasions honoring Hawkins. A second tribute live performance will probably be held on September 27 in Los Angeles. Funds from the occasions will go to the Music Help and MusiCares charities, each of which have been chosen by the Hawkins household.

Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997, first showing with the band on the tour supporting their sophomore album, “The Colour and the Shape.”